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Access Bank Supports Fight against COVID-19

Access Bank Supports Fight against COVID-19

Growth & Insight
Access Bank Plc has disclosed that it is one of the organisations at the forefront of the interventions deployed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The bank in a statement thursday, said it played a major role in the formation of The Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID), a task force instituted to ensure the minimisation of the impact of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. The bank donated N1 billion to facilitate the building of 1000-bed isolation centers across the 6 geopolitical zones of the country. The building of the test and isolation centers would be in phases. The first phase of the project is the construction of additional testing and isolation centers, in Lagos (Yaba and Gbagada), Enugu, Kano, Port Harcourt, Borno, and Abuja.The next phase of the project will see the constru...
CBN Offers N95.681bn TBills, Records 59% Oversubscription

CBN Offers N95.681bn TBills, Records 59% Oversubscription

Economy
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) offered a total of N95.681 billion debt instrument at its Nigerian Treasury Bills Primary Market Auction held wednesday. The results of the auction seen at the end of trading showed that the fixed income instrument was over-subscribed by 59 per cent, as total demand was put at N161.385 billion. However, the central bank allotted only the total amount it had offered. A breakdown of the treasury bills auction showed that for the 91-day bill, whereas the CBN offered a total of N10 billion, total subscription stood at N20.707 billion. Also, for the 182-day bill, while the regulator offered a total of N17.600 billion to investors, total subscription recorded was N28.819 billion. For the 364-day debt instrument, whereas total subscription stood at N111...
Banks Limit Debit Card Withdrawal Abroad

Banks Limit Debit Card Withdrawal Abroad

Finance
Nigerian banks are limiting the amount individuals can withdraw with their debit cards while abroad, bankers said on Wednesday, in an effort to ease foreign currency settlement risk. The central bank is battling to conserve dollar reserves that are down 16 per cent from a year ago after the coronavirus outbreak triggered a sharp fall in the price of oil, Nigeria’s main export. The oil price plunge has also prompted foreign investors to shed Nigerian assets. Fidelity Bank said it would impose a new limit of $1,000 from April 1, down from $3,000 previously, a senior executive told Reuters. Other lenders — Zenith Bank and GT Bank — have lowered withdrawal limits for individuals while abroad. Stanbic IBTC Bank said it has pegged its daily limit at $300. Such moves have previously bee...
COVID-19: Fidelity Bank Cuts Profit Target

COVID-19: Fidelity Bank Cuts Profit Target

Finance
Fidelity Bank Plc said wednesday it has cut its profit target for the year, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The bank also said it had set aside money for a Eurobond coupon payment due in two weeks, before the country begins a lockdown. The mid-tier bank now expects to see a 15 per cent drop in profit this year, to N25.8 billion, compared with its 2019 profit of N30.4 billion, its Chief Operations and Information Officer Gbolahan Joshua told Reuters. “We assume that Q2 is going to be soft after the disruptions associated with coronavirus,” he told Reuters. Africa’s largest economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. It is struggling for foreign income from its production of oil, for which prices have slumped due to a drop in demand from China and a pri...
Covid-19: SEC Tasks Companies on Full Disclosure to Investors

Covid-19: SEC Tasks Companies on Full Disclosure to Investors

Business
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged all listed companies to continue to make material disclosures to investors despite the lockdown order by the federal government in Lagos, Ogun States and Abuja. The lockdown order has shut down business except the financial sector where permission was given for skeletal services. Trading in the stock market has been remotely since last week, while most players have activated various business continuity processes. However, SEC, which is the apex regulator of the capital market said all public companies are required to continue to make material disclosures to investors on the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on their business operations. “They should also continue to disclose the trend and outlook for the company, and updates on imp...
FCMB Grows Profit to N20bn, Proposes Dividend of 14kobo Per Share

FCMB Grows Profit to N20bn, Proposes Dividend of 14kobo Per Share

Business
FCMB Group Plc has announced an improved performance for the year ended December 2019 and recommended a dividend of 14 kobo per share for the shareholders. Details of the audited results showed gross earnings of N181.249 billion in 2019, indicating a growth of 2.2 per cent, compared with N177.248 billion in 2018.Net interest income rose from N72.573 billion to N75.975 billion, net fee and commission income fell from N21.606 billion to N20.722 billion. Profit before tax rose from N18.442 billion to N20.130 billion showing an increase of 9.1 per cent, while profit after tax grew faster by 15.8 per cent to print at N17.337 billion, compared with N14.972 billion in 2018. Based on the performance, the board has recommended a dividend of 14 kobo per share, which is the same paid the pr...
Expert Promotes e-Commerce

Expert Promotes e-Commerce

Technology & Innovation
A Lagos-based Development Economist, Adeola Seyi-Smith, has stressed the need for the federal and state governments to encourage e-Commerce and support online shopping among Nigerians, with the outbreak of the COVID-19. He, advised governments to encourage and promote online shopping among Nigerians, in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus. However, he faulted the recent decision by the federal government to shut down economic activities in some states of the country, as measures to stop the spread of virus. Reacting to Sunday’s nationwide broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari, where the he ordered a total lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states, Seyi-Smith Seyi-Smith said: “Hundreds of jobs have been wiped off like almost all the value chains inc...
COVID-19: Jumia Implements Contactless Delivery, Cashless Payments

COVID-19: Jumia Implements Contactless Delivery, Cashless Payments

Business
Jumia, an e-Commerce platform has announced the implementation of ‘contactless’ delivery for prepaid packages on the platform. The company is taking additional measures to keep consumers, delivery agents and partners safe in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. To drive the initiative, the ‘contactless safe delivery’ option has been implemented on JumiaPay, the payment platform. This enables consumers to make prepaid payments for products online and get it delivered without a direct body contact or cash exchange with the delivery agent. Announcing the initiative, Senior Vice President, Logistics at Jumia, Apoorva Kumar, said: “The health and safety of our customers and delivery agents is our absolute priority. We are uniquely positioned to step up and be part of Africa’s response stra...
Stanbic IBTC Bank Offers Relief Initiatives

Stanbic IBTC Bank Offers Relief Initiatives

Finance
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, has introduced customer relief initiatives aimed at reducing the unease felt by its customers as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic. The movements of individuals had to be curtailed to discourage physical contact between people as a way of containing the spread of the virus. Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc has also announced the closure of some of its branches, to safeguard the lives of its customers and employees. The bank has also encouraged its customers to make use of its digital banking platforms for transactions during this period, the bank said in a statement. The statement further said management of the bank has introduced further relief measures for its customers beginning from April 1, 2020, which include: full ...
Aganbi Marks 20yrs of Tech Broadcasting in ICT Advocacy

Aganbi Marks 20yrs of Tech Broadcasting in ICT Advocacy

Uncategorized
Don Pedro Aganbi, one of Nigeria’s top information communication technology (ICT) broadcast journalist, is set to celebrate 20 years of reporting the information technology (IT) and telecoms industry in Nigeria and championing the course of ICT advocacy in the country. Tagged “Celebrating 20 years of positive impact in Tech Broadcasting and Advocacy”, the event which is set to hold in June 2020 in Lagos will host leading stakeholders in the IT and telecoms industry in Nigeria. Aganbi, who made this known at an interactive session with the media in Lagos recently, described his contribution towards the growth of the IT and telecoms industry of the country as one of the best part of his life saying that it has been twenty years of passion, consistency and resilience. He disclos...
MTN, Ericsson Commence Network-managed Operations in Benin

MTN, Ericsson Commence Network-managed Operations in Benin

Business
MTN Benin has extended its long-term relationship with Ericsson to provide world-class managed services, including network operations centre, field services in radio, core and transmission in Benin. The new contract will propel MTN Benin towards intelligent and data driven operations with the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) used cases. Under the agreement, the future capabilities of efficiencies, automation and data will enable MTN Benin and Ericsson to jointly create a world of predictive operations with focus on customer experience, network quality, performance and automation. Chief Executive Officer at MTN Benin, Stephen Blewett, said: “Network managed operations play a significant role in improving MTN customers’ satisfaction and enhancing customer experience as well as en...
Experts want government to create intervention funds for essential industries, others

Experts want government to create intervention funds for essential industries, others

Economy
To alleviate pains of COVID-19 on the citizenry, financial experts have urged the Federal Government to consider the provision of intervention funds to support essential industries/commodities such as rice, vegetables and related products. According to them, the measure would also enhance outputs and efficiency. The experts, while suggesting key fiscal measures that the federal government should consider within this period, said government should also develop economic stimulus packages for essential industries and commodities in their respective states. Specifically, experts from FSDH Securities Limited, said there is need to target specific non-oil products and industries for exporters to take advantage of the devalued exchange rate. “Key fiscal measures that Federal Governm...
Sit-at-home subscribers pressure telecom operators for tariffs slash

Sit-at-home subscribers pressure telecom operators for tariffs slash

What's Hot
Telecommunications subscribers have pressured mobile network operators (MNOs) to initiate slash in prices of data, voice and all other telecoms services across the country. This, according to them, has become necessary following the Federal Government’s Sit-At-Home policy. They stressed that since most people will be working from home, and at the same time not get bored, MNOs should be considerate enough to bring down prices. The Sit-At-Home policy is part of the Federal Government’s efforts targeted at curtailing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Subscribers took to the social media to voice out their opinions called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to intervene in the matter urgently. There are about 185 million active telephone users in Nigeria. ...
Somalia’s Women and Children are Among the 1.84 Million to Benefit from Improved Healthcare Services

Somalia’s Women and Children are Among the 1.84 Million to Benefit from Improved Healthcare Services

Business, Economy, Health
The World Bank approved the Improving Healthcare Services in Somalia Project, known as “Damal Caafimaad,” which is financed by a US$75 million International Development Assistance (IDA) grant and an additional US$25 million grant from the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF). This project is the first World Bank investment in Somalia’s health sector in 30 years. The project will deliver essential health and nutrition services and improve health service coverage and quality in some of Somalia’s most disadvantaged areas, including Nugaal (Puntland), Bakool and Bay (South West), Hiraan, and Middle Shebelle (Hirshabelle). Around 10 percent of Somalia’s population, as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and nomads in the target regions, will ...
PIDG company, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, lending €25 million to Côte d’Ivoire clean energy hydro-electricity project

PIDG company, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, lending €25 million to Côte d’Ivoire clean energy hydro-electricity project

Business
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) (www.PIDG.org) company, is lending €25 million over 18 years to Ivoire Hydro Energy (IHE) which will build a 44MW hydro electricity generation plant on the Bandama River near the village of Singrobo in Côte d’Ivoire. Financial close is expected in late Q3 2021. The  €174 million project is forecast to take some 36 months to build. Paromita Chatterjee, an Investment Director at EAIF’s managers, Ninety One, says; “The new facility being built at Singrobo is the country’s first hydroelectric development by an independent power producer. The project has seen EAIF and PIDG deliver on three core objectives; mobilising private capital, enabling economic development and contribut...
UNHCR welcomes Togo’s decision to intensify its fight against statelessness

UNHCR welcomes Togo’s decision to intensify its fight against statelessness

Economy, Innovation
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, applauds Togo’s accession to the two UN Conventions on Statelessness. Togo has now become the latest country to join the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, helping to advance the global fight to end statelessness. Statelessness, the situation of people who are not recognized as citizens by any country, is a global phenomenon that continues to affect millions of people worldwide, leaving them marginalized and highly vulnerable. In depositing instruments of accession to both treaties on 14 July, Togo signaled its political will to tackle the root causes of statelessness as well as its support for UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. Togo’s accessi...
Seychelles: African Development Bank approves $20 million loan to support Covid-19 recovery

Seychelles: African Development Bank approves $20 million loan to support Covid-19 recovery

Innovation
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has approved a $20 million flexible loan to finance Seychelles’ Governance and Economic Reforms Support Program, expected to help drive the island nation’s macroeconomic stability and recovery from Covid-19 in the medium-term. The government program aims to deepen reforms introduced through the Bank’s Covid-19 Crisis Response Budget Support Program, approved in June 2020 for $10 million. These reforms are expected to advance fiscal sustainability, improve the business environment and Seychelles’ climate change and environmental resilience. The Bank’s financing will complement funds from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in support of reforms that will benefit Seychelles’ private sector, domi...
Oil & Gas veteran Robert Onyejekwe joins African Energy Chamber board

Oil & Gas veteran Robert Onyejekwe joins African Energy Chamber board

Business, Corporate Stories, Oil & Gas
Robert Onyejekwe has joined the African Energy Chamber’s (www.EnergyChamber.org) Advisory Board. Robert will be working with other board members and the Johannesburg based team of the African Energy Chamber to reposition Africa in its quest to access affordable and reliable power for millions of people on the continent. Robert’s decades of experience while at oil service major Schlumberger, will also help in supporting the chamber attract investment into the continents fast changing energy industry. “Our continent, just like other regions globally is experiencing rapid change in the way energy is produced and consumed. Services companies like Schlumberger are at the core of such change and are decisive in the development of Africa’s important oil and gas sector. Robert brings on bo...
African Development Bank Group, Ethiopia, sign $118 million in grant agreements to support agro industrial park, youth employment and Ethiopia-Djibouti power interconnection

African Development Bank Group, Ethiopia, sign $118 million in grant agreements to support agro industrial park, youth employment and Ethiopia-Djibouti power interconnection

Agriculture, Business, Corporate Stories
The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) and the Government of Ethiopia have signed two separate grant agreements for new projects to boost youth employment and electricity trade between Ethiopia and Djibouti. The grants fall under the Bank Group’s concessional lending window, the African Development Fund, and will go towards the Productivity Enhancement to Support Agro Industrial Parks and Youth Employment Project worth $47 million, and the $71 million Ethiopia-Djibouti Second Power Interconnection Project, which aims to boost electricity trade between Ethiopia and neighbouring Djibouti. The industrial parks and youth project will see the development of irrigation and water management infrastructure around the Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks, offering opportunities for gr...
Offshore Exploration: The Future of Guinea Bissau’s Energy Sector (By Jasser Hammami)

Offshore Exploration: The Future of Guinea Bissau’s Energy Sector (By Jasser Hammami)

Business, Energy, Oil & Gas
The underlying offshore exploration potential of Guinea-Bissau has long been recognized given the country’s functional hydrocarbon system, good potential reserves, and several drillable prospects in a vast shallow water shelf setting. According to the country’s national oil company Petroguin, Guinea-Bissau authorized international businesses to begin prospecting for hydrocarbons in 11 offshore blocks where oil is likely to exist since October last year. In light of this, Energy Capital & Power will host MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2021, which will create a national platform for constructive dialogue on natural resource management, investment and initiatives for enhancing the productivity and sustainability of the current power matrix. Offshore construction platform for production...
Ecobank Group and Microsoft Upskill Africa’s Small and Medium Enterprises to Succeed in a Digital Economy

Ecobank Group and Microsoft Upskill Africa’s Small and Medium Enterprises to Succeed in a Digital Economy

Innovation
The leading pan-African banking group, Ecobank Group (www.Ecobank.com), in partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn, GitHub and Ecobank Academy is set to provide training to equip Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across sub-Saharan Africa. This training will provide SMEs digital skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s digital world. SMEs have been significantly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic with its attendant lockdowns and disruptions to supply chains, plummeting sales, lost revenue and operational challenges. In response to feedback from our customers, Ecobank through its Commercial Banking Segment is helping business owners close the digital skills gap within their chosen fields and improve the digital capabilities of their employees.   Ecobank’s Commercial Banking...
Audiomack Announces ‘Swahili Radio’ Podcast

Audiomack Announces ‘Swahili Radio’ Podcast

Business, Entertainment
Today, Audiomack (www.Audiomack.com) presents the Swahili Radio podcast, a new show highlighting the musical talents hailing from East Africa. Hosted by certified on-air personality Lil Ommy, also known as the King of Interviews, Swahili Radio will feature live performances, exclusive interviews with the country’s hottest musicians, and much more. Join us every Monday for a new episode and be sure to follow Swahili Radio on Audiomack Tune in to the premiere episode featuring an intimate one-on-one with the multi-award-winning Tanzanian singer Nandy (bit.ly/2V19n8Q). The self-proclaimed African Princess (bit.ly/3hWwsm7) sits down with Lil Ommy on the heels of her latest Taste EP (bit.ly/2UzuGyk) to do a deep dive into her artistry and let listeners into her creative world. ...
Nigerian consumers, firms witness 32% rise in malware attacks

Nigerian consumers, firms witness 32% rise in malware attacks

Economy
an Internet security firm said in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, its research identified the top malware families as ransomware, financial/banking trojans, and crypto-miner malware. When comparing the first quarter of 2021 (Q1) with second quarter of 2021 (Q2), Kaspersky saw a 24 per cent increase in ransomware in Q2 2021 in South Africa, as well as an increase of 14 per cent in crypto-miner malware. In Kenya and Nigeria, Kaspersky saw a large increase in financial/banking trojans in Q2 2021 when compared to the figures for Q1 2021 – a 59 per cent increase in Kenya and a 32 per cent increase in Nigeria.x It explained that when looking at the general cyber threat landscape as it impacts consumers and businesses, research showed that in 2020, worldwide, approximately 10 per ce...