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Mutual Benefits to raise N2 billion after breaking dividend drought

Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc has been granted approval by the SEC on its plan to raise N2 billion through right issue towards its five-year strategic plan.

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Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc has been granted approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its plan to raise N2 billion through right issue towards its five-year strategic plan.

What the proceeds will be used for

According to the Chairman, Akin Ogunbiyi, the funds realised from the rights issue will be used to fund the company’s recapitalisation and growth plan, provision of additional working capital and financing the expansion of IT facilities to support its enlarged operations.

The company will sell its shares to existing shareholders by way of rights issue of 4,000,000,000 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at 50 kobo per share on the basis of one new ordinary shares.

The acceptance list for the rights issue opens on Monday, 6 August 2018 and will close on Friday, 14 September 2018.

The Rights being offered are tradable on the floor of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) for the duration of the issue.

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The chairman also expresses delight that the company has bounced back to profitability to the delight of its shareholders. A dividend payment of N0.20kobo per share will be paid to its shareholders.

In his words:

“We will consolidate on the modest achievements recorded in 2017 by commencing our I.T. transformation blueprint in 2018”.

This he noted will enable the company to eliminate slack time in its processing and ultimately enable them to focus on more customer delights and satisfaction.

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Breaking the dividend drought

Recall that the company recently, in a notice sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, announced plans to pay its shareholders dividend for the year ended 2017. The last time it paid a dividend was in 2008.

Insurance companies on the NSE, have a history of poor performance in terms of price appreciation and corporate governance. The recent shift in the minimum price floor to N0.01 left many insurance stocks hard hit.

In its 2017 full year reports for the period ended 31 December 2017, the gross premium written increased by 16% from 12.4 billion in 2016 to 14.4 billion in 2017. It also recorded a profit before tax of 1.3 billion in 2017 as against a loss of 1.06 billion in 2016. Net claims paid by the Group in 2017 stood at N5.15 billion from N3.35 billion in 2016, resulting in a 54 percent increase from the previous year.

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Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc was incorporated on April 18, 1995, under the name Mutual Benefits Assurance Company Limited. The company was converted and re-registered as a public limited liability company on May 24, 2001. It became listed on the NSE on May 28, 2002.

Its shares price are currently trading at N0.34 on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Its one year return is down by 27.61 %.

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Fikayo has a degree in computer science with economics from Obafemi Awolowo University. ITIL v3 in IT service management. An alumnus of Daystar Leadership Academy. Prior to joining Nairametrics had stinct in Project management, Telecommunications among others. Also training in Consulting and Investment banking from Edubridge Academy. He has very keen interest in Politics, Agri-business, private equity and global economics. He loves travelling and watching football. You can contact him via [email protected]

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Just-in: Air Peace to recall some sacked pilots after Minister’s intervention

Air Peace had trained over 80 pilots, giving its staff the best remuneration package.

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Air Peace would soon recall some of the pilots that were sacked recently. This coming after the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had intervened.

This was disclosed by the Ministry of Aviation via its Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The recall was the fall-out of an intervention meeting called by the Minister between the airline management and the leadership of the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) held in his office on Tuesday.

Back story: Nairametrics reported as Nigerians woke up to the news that Air Peace had sacked about 70 pilots under its employment across its fleet and also reduced staff salaries by 40%. The airline said the exercise was due to the devastating impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on its business.

It added that the move was made to protect the majority of the existing jobs and the possibility of creating new ones in the future, as well as ensuring the survival of the airline.

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In the verbal agreement, Chairman, Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema acceded to the Minister’s appeal for the recall of the maximum number of pilots that the airline can accommodate without going under.

Chairman, NAAPE, Galadima Abednego explained that as a union it was a painful thing to see a large number of their members thrown into the labour market, and further appealed to employers of labour to see the union members as partners, and not adversaries.

On his own, Onyema expressed his sadness and disappointment over what he called the ingratitude of some of the airline’s pilots after everything is done to make them comfortable on their jobs.

He recalled how Air Peace had trained over 80 pilots and an equal number of aircraft engineers, giving its staff the best remuneration package within the sector only for them to disappoint at a time their understanding was needed.

He however commended Senator Hadi Sirika for providing the required leadership to the industry and promised his full cooperation in ensuring the growth of the aviation sector in Nigeria.

The Aviation Minister called for the understanding of everyone, especially the Labour unions, of the prevailing situation in the aviation industry, saying it was not the time for unnecessary upheavals.

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He commended Chief Onyema for his enormous contributions in developing the industry, but appealed to him to recall the maximum number of the sacked pilots that the airline can comfortably accommodate in the prevailing circumstances to which airline operator agreed.

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WHO gives condition for approving Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine as the vaccine gets a name

Russia has named its first approved COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V for the foreign markets.

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Vaccine, COVID-19: Russia to roll out vaccine in September ahead of the West 

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that any form of approval of prequalification of the Russian vaccine will require rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data.

This disclosure was made by the spokesman of the WHO, Tarik Jasarevic, during a United Nations briefing in Geneva about clinical trials.

He said that the UN health agency and the Russian health authorities are currently discussing the process for possible WHO prequalification for its newly approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Tarik Jasarevic, during the UN briefing in Geneva said, “We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data.”

Meanwhile, in a related development, Russia has named its first approved COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V and it is available for foreign markets. The name references the world’s first satellite, which marked a symbolic accomplishment for the USSR during the cold war and space race era. Now, the Russian Government basks in its success at becoming the first country to approve a vaccine for COVID-19.

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The head of Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) pointed out that Russia had already received requests from more than 20 countries for 1 billion doses of its newly registered COVID-19 vaccine.

Nairametrics had earlier reported today the announcement of the registration of the first COVID-19 vaccine in what could be described as a step ahead of other vaccine developments. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who made the disclosure during a televised government meeting, said that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than 2 months of human testing.

However, the speed at which Russia is moving to roll out the vaccine has prompted some western countries and international scientists to question whether the Russian government is putting national prestige ahead of solid science and safety.

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Nigeria signs African Trade Insurance Agency agreement

The African Trade Insurance Agency was launched to provide risk solutions for investors.

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Nigeria signs African Trade Insurance Agency agreement, Xenophobia, FG returns tollgates sixteen years after Obasanjo scrapped it from federal roads

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the instrument of accession agreement for Nigeria for the establishment of the African Trade Insurance Agency. This was announced by the Federal Government on Monday night.

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The agreement is coming after the Federal Executive Council ordered that an instrument be prepared and forwarded for execution.

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The African Trade Insurance Agency was launched in 2001, to provide risk solutions for investors, after the East African economic Union (COMESA) executed a World bank funded study to discover why Africa does not attract more Foreign Direct Investments.

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The organization said it added credit insurance to its portfolio in 2006 after its members identified global trade as a major pillar of growth in the continent which has seen it grow as a market leader for risk mitigation in Africa.  The ATI also attracts funding from the African Development Bank and World Bank

Nigeria joining the agreement would provide Nigeria with the necessary insurance financing to increase investment inflows into the country and improve economic productivity.

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