Wigwe: Banks should partner states to address power problem

The Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Mr Herbert Wigwe, has said that banks need to partner state governments to resolve the country’s power issue to achieve sustainable growth and development.   Wigwe said this on Wednesday, at the 13th Annual Banking & Finance Conference of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), at which there was a hybrid of both physical and virtual attendance.   He said that commercial banks should partner state governments to embrace solar power solution in order to resolve the country’s power issues.  …

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FirstBank’s CEO, Adetuntan, bags Forbes Best of Africa Award

Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, has been honoured with the Forbes Best of Africa Award. The award presentation was held on September 11, 2020 at a virtual event by Forbes in conjunction with the Foreign Investment Network (FIN). The online roundtable discussion themed, “Harnessing the financial resources and social capital of philanthropy to making a lasting impact,” was supported by the World Philanthropy Network and featured a keynote address by a former Nigerian President,…

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UBA Business Series to support SMEs, business owners with brand positioning, marketing strategies

In its continuous bid to support the growth of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and equip them with the necessary tools to strengthen and sustain their businesses, Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, is set to organise another edition of its quarterly UBA Business Series.   The UBA Business Series is an MSME workshop and a capacity building initiative where leading business leaders share insights on best practices for running successful businesses in the face of huge economic challenges. The outbreak of the COVID-19 presented a…

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AMCON takes over Geedee Zulu Investment’s assets over N4bn debt

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over assets belonging to Mr. Frank Okwudili Ezuma and Mrs. Lilian Ifeoma Okwudili Ezuma, the chief promoters of Geedee Zulu Investment Limited over a staggering indebtedness of over N4billion. The corporation’s decision followed an order by Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos. According to AMCON, “in compliance to the enforcement order, AMCON on Monday August 31, 2020, commenced the process of effective possession of the properties through its Debt Recovery Agent – Prime Chamber Law Firm. “The takeover,…

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Stanbic IBTC advises customers to reactivate dormant, inactive accounts

Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has urged customers with dormant and inactive accounts to reactivate them to enjoy fantastic product offerings and exciting benefits. The financial institution recently launched an account reactivation campaign aimed at giving its customers with dormant accounts the opportunity to enjoy the best financial solutions. Wole Adeniyi, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, stated: “This campaign is another demonstration of our unwavering dedication to serving our esteemed customers better. Their convenience is paramount to us, especially during this period when…

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Naira drops to N460/$1 on parallel market

The naira weakened further on the parallel market, yesterday, dropping to N460/$1 from N455 per dollar that it exchanged for on Friday, traders said. The local currency, which has been under pressure on the parallel market since the beginning of the year, due to foreign exchange scarcity occasioned by the slump in the price of oil rebounded from N477 per dollar to N440/$1 penultimate Tuesday, following an announcement by the apex bank that it would resume the sale of dollars to Bureaux De Change (BDCs) on September 7. The CBN…

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CBN unveils framework for solar connection intervention

The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has unveiled a framework for the implementation of solar intervention facility, which it said was designed “to complement Federal Government’s effort at providing affordable electricity to rural dwellers through the provision of long term low interest credit facilities to the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) pre-qualified home solar value chain players that include manufacturers and assemblers of solar components and off-grid energy retailers in the country.” As part of its Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), the Federal Government had launched an initiative to achieve the roll out…

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UBA: USA CEO, Yomi-Ajayi, appointed to US EXIM’s sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee

Sola Yomi-Ajayi, the CEO of the United Bank for Africa (UBA)’s operations in the United States, has been appointed to the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US EXIM) Committee on sub-Saharan Africa for 2020/2021. Established by the US Congress, the sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee provides guidance and advice regarding US EXIM policies and programmes designed to support the expansion of financing for US manufactured goods and services in sub-Saharan Africa. The committee is composed of prominent members of the US business community and Ms. Yomi-Ajayi is the sole representative…

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COVID-19: Heritage Bank, FAMO provide succor for 300 teachers

  Heritage Bank Plc in partnership with Honourable Fatima Mohammed (FAMO) foundation has provided succor to over 300 affected private school teachers and small medium enterprises (SMEs). The gesture is part of efforts to cushion the effect of COVID-19. A statement issued at the weekend said in alleviating the challenges, Heritage Bank and its partner supported over 300 private school teachers and small businesses as palliatives in 15 local governments; including five major markets in Ojokoro Local Council Development Area of Ifako Ijaiye, in Lagos State. Speaking at the event,…

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Access Bank signs $93.8m loan with Dutch bank

  Access Bank Plc has signed a subordinated  syndicated loan agreement totalling $93.8 million with the Dutch development bank (FMO), the French private sector development bank (Proparco), and leading investment firm, Symbiotics.   The tier-II capital facility was structured as a “10 years non-call five years” subordinated debt instrument, benefitting the bank for a period of five years.   Access Bank’s Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe, said the  facility would enable the bank continue on its strategic path to becoming Africa’s gateway to the world even after the unexpected simultaneous…

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