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Nigeria officially unveils national carrier in London

The Nigerian Government has unveiled the new national carrier.

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The Nigerian Government has unveiled the new national carrier at Farnborough Air Show in London. The new national air carrier was on Wednesday, named Nigeria Air.

The newly-unveiled carrier will be private sector-led and driven, as the Nigerian government said it will only own 5% stake in the new National Carrier. Also, Nigeria Air will operate 81 routes including domestic, regional and international routes.

It is pertinent to note that this is not the first time the Nigerian government is launching a national air carrier. In 1958, Nigeria Airways was founded after the dissolution of West African Airways Corporation, WAAC. It held the name WAAC Nigeria until 1971, when it was rebranded to the name it had until it stopped operations in 2003. The Nigeria Airways ceased operations over alleged mismanagement. It was alleged that some government officials and public servants used the airline for private purposes.

The move for a new carrier

In August 2015, the Nigerian government had setup a 13-member committee to consult with international partners for the establishment of a national airline for Nigeria. In the same year, the committee submitted its report to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Hajiya Binta Bello.

Nigeria Aviation sector challenges

The country’s aviation sector has experienced several challenges in recent years. In 2016, there were several airlines shutdown their operations in Nigeria amid economic recession.

In June 30,  United Airlines stopped its operation in Nigeria. This was as a result of weakness in the energy sector and difficulties in collecting money from tickets sold in Nigeria. Similarly, Spanish national carrier, Iberia Airlines withdrew its services from Nigeria in 2016. Sources claimed the decision to withdraw was based on the huge financial difficulties the airlines is currently facing based on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s forex policy. The policy prevented airlines from repatriating proceeds made in Nigeria back to its parent countries.

Virgin Atlantic Airways was also rumoured to have pulled out of Nigeria after it was alleged that it sacked its cabin crew, a rumour that was subsequently denied.

Famuyiwa Damilare is a trained journalist. He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication at the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).Damilare is an innovative and transformational leader with broad-based expertise in journalism and media practice at large. He has explored his proven ability in the areas of reporting, curating and generating contents, creatively establishing social media engagements, and mobile editing of videos. It is safe to say he’s a multimedia journalist.

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Peter Obaseki resigns as Director from the Board of FCMB Plc

Mr Peter Obaseki has resigned as a Director on the Board of FCMB Group Plc.

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First City Monument Bank Ltd issues N20 billion commercial paper

The Board of FCMB Group Plc has announced the resignation of Mr Peter Obaseki as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the company.

The notification is part of the decisions reached at the company’s Board meeting held today, 26th of February, 2021.

According to the disclosure signed by the company’s secretary, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Adedibu, the resignation of Mr Obaseki from the Board of the company will become effective from 1st of March, 2021.

In lieu of this, the Board wished the outgoing Director well in his future endeavours and accepted his resignation in good faith. Other decisions reached at the Board of Directors’ meeting include;

  • The Board considered and approved the appointment of an Independent Non-Executive Director, subject to CBN approval.
  • It also considered and approved the Group’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 as well as payment of Dividend, subject to the approval of the CBN.

What you should know about Obaseki:

  • Mr. Peter Obaseki has over 27 years working experience across financial consulting and banking. Prior to joining FCMB Plc in 1997, Mr Obaseki gained valuable experience in firms like KPMG, Ani, Ogunde & Co and some banks.
  • He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and was appointed an executive director of FCMB in September 2008.
  • Apart from being an Independent Non-Executive Director, Mr. Peter Obaseki also doubled as the Chief Operating Officer of FCMB.

FCMB closed trading with a share price of N3.03 as at the 26th of February 2021.

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AXA Mansard emerges Best Health Insurance Product Winner 2021

The winning product was the AXA Platinum Plus Cover which has been specially designed to provide a world-class health cover for the insurer’s customers.

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Health Management Organization, AXA Mansard Health Limited, recently announced that it has emerged as the winner of the best health insurance product of the year in the Insurance Product & Process section of the just concluded 11th Annual Global Banking and Finance Awards 2021.

The winning product was the AXA Platinum Plus Cover which has been specially designed to provide a world-class health cover for the insurer’s customers. With access to roam over 1,700 hospitals locally, care in India, UAE and South African hospitals and limited in-patient cover in the UK, France, and Germany for up to $1000 in healthcare benefits.

The product provides enrolees with benefits such as twenty-four-hour dedicated Telemedicine service, home vaccination service, free home delivery of special medications, partnership with healthy eating restaurants, and smarter budget-friendly discounts on healthy meals.

Speaking on the award, Chief Executive Officer, AXA Mansard Health Limited, Tope Adeniyi, said “We thank our highly esteemed customers for this prestigious award, as they are the reason, we passionately drive to improve our product offerings and execute innovative initiatives. This award is recognition of our unflinching commitment to our customers and an affirmation of our current position as the leading health insurance company in the country.”

AXA Mansard Health has a twenty-four-hour call centre, a team of highly trained and dedicated professionals, service portals at all AXA Mansard Welcome Centres nationwide and has deployed state-of-the-art technology to attain operational excellence while contributing to prompt service delivery and overcoming of challenges being encountered in the Nigerian health insurance industry.

Whilst thanking the organizers, Adeniyi noted that “the company is counting on the continued support of our stakeholders to continuously provide superior customer experience and to develop more innovative and value-adding products. We will continue to innovate, create new products, improve our product offering and refine our service delivery to ensure we continuously meet the changing needs of our customers”.

AXA Mansard Health Limited is the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) arm of the AXA Mansard group of companies. The HMO is geared to promote her members’ wellbeing.

The HMO serves all clients across the country virtually and has established functional offices in Lagos (the head office), Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Enugu, with ongoing plans to open offices in other locations.

Global Banking & Finance Review is a leading Online and Print Magazine, which has evolved from the growing need to have a more balanced view, for informative and independent news within the financial community.

Since its inception in 2011, The Awards reflect the innovation, achievement, strategy, progressive and inspirational changes taking place within the Global Financial community. According to the magazine’s publishers the awards were created to recognize companies prominent in their areas of expertise and excellent in financial service delivery.

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