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These Nigerian entrepreneurs have benefited from Alibaba’s training in China

4 Nigerians are among beneficiaries of the UNCTAD and Alibaba Business School training in China for 29 young Africans.

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Tochukwu Uwakeme, Chijioke Dozie, Malik Babalola, and Olugbenga Agboola are among beneficiaries of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Alibaba Business School training in China for 29 young Africans from 11 countries in Africa. The four Nigerians amongst others who benefited successfully eFounders Fellowship Programme at the Alibaba campus in Hangzhou, China.

Tochukwu Uwakeme is the founder of KemResource, an e-commerce company that connects farmers to potential buyers around the globe, Chijioke Dozie is the founder of OneFi, a financial technology (fintech) company that provides customers in West Africa access to loans, using machine-learning to assess the credit-worthiness of customers in realtime. Malik Babalola from Gloo, an online supermarket that sells variety of groceries and foods, and Olugbenga Agboola from Flutterwave. Flutterwave drives growth for banks and businesses across Africa through digital payment technology.

Jack Ma, Alibaba Group’s Executive Chairman had founded the eFounders Fellowship Programme as part of a pledge to empower 1,000 entrepreneurs from developing countries in five years.

How knowledge acquired from the Alibaba initiative will be spread across Africa

As pioneers of the new economy, participating entrepreneurs are expected to be network builders for other aspiring entrepreneurs and explore the new discovered approaches to digital commerce in their chosen markets.

UNCTAD and Alibaba, with the fellowship, expresses believe that the fellows will serve as source of inspiration to others with powerful ideas that can be explored to change the world.

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About Alibaba

Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail, Internet, AI and technology conglomerate founded in 1999 that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals, as well as electronic payment services, shopping search engines and cloud computing services. It owns and operates a diverse array of businesses around the world in numerous sectors, and is named as one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune magazine.

Adaugo is a graduate of Political science from Abia State University.A graphic designer with a passion for content curation. She has an interest in all things business. In her free time she loves to surf the net and learn new things.

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#EndSARS: Police did not shoot protesters – IGP Adamu

The IGP has said that police officers acted professionally and exercised commendable restraints during the #EndSARS protests.

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The Inspector-General of Police, M.A Adamu, has said that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally and exercised commendable restraints during the protests, in a response to Amnesty International about police firing at protesters.

The IG disclosed this in a statement on Friday morning, saying reports on the shooting of protesters is not true.

What you should know

Amnesty International released a report on the 21st of October, 2020, saying it has confirmed “that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday at two locations in Lagos. The killings took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSars movement.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari also disclosed last week that 51 civilians, 11 Police officers, and 7 soldiers have been killed in the unrest.

The IGP said today that, “Officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.

“The Amnesty Int’l report is untrue, misleading, and contrary to all available empirical evidence.

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“Even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.”

The IG added that 22 Police personnel were killed by hoodlums, with many more injured and that 205 police stations were attacked.

“Available reports show that twenty-two (22) police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life-threatening conditions at the hospital.

“Two hundred and five (205) police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters,” he said.

The IG said Amnesty International failed to pay tribute to police officers who lost their lives in the violence and accused the organization of “discriminatory tendencies.”

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LivingTrust Mortgage Bank posts N192 million in Q3 2020

The improved result was driven by an effective mix of revenue optimization and cost minimization strategies by the management and the Board of the company.

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LivingTrust Mortgage Bank has announced its unaudited third-quarter 2020 financial results, which showed an impressive performance, as revenue went from N120 million in Q3 2019 to N192 million Q3 2020.

This information is contained in the LivingTrust Mortgage Bank unaudited third-quarter 2020 financial results.

The company reported an impressive leap in profits in the third quarter of 2020, as profit after tax increased from a meager N3.34 million in the third quarter of 2019 to an impressive N71.43 million in 2020; the company witnessed improvement in its operations, owing to an effective mix of revenue optimization and cost minimization strategies by the management and the board of the company.

READ: First Bank is cutting inefficiencies and focusing on its strengths

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  • LivingTrust Mortgage Bank’s turnover was N191.72 million, compared to N120.20 million in the third quarter of 2019.
  • The Mortgage Bank’s profit after tax was N71.43 million, compared to N3.34 million in the third quarter of 2019.
  • The increase in profit after tax was largely driven by interest Income From Mortgage Loans And Advances
  • To Customers, which increased from N119 million to 170 million.
  • The total assets of the company increased from N4.6 billion as of the last day of business in 2019 to N5.3 billion as of 30 September 2020.

READ: Access, GTBank, two others pay PWC & EY N1.5 billion as Audit fees in H1 2020 

Operational Review

Despite prevailing economic headwinds and the tight regulatory framework of the economy, LivingTrust Mortgage Bank continues to show sustained growth in key segments driven by strategic positioning of the business in Osun State.

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LivingTrust Mortgage Bank is headquartered in Osun State where it operates from 3 branches with desk offices in Lagos, Akure and Abuja. The new strategies deployed by the management and the board of the company yielded huge gains for the company since the beginning of the year.

This is obvious in the improved performance of the company in Interest Income From Mortgage Loans And Advances To Customers, during the period.

READ: UPDATED: Nigeria’s GDP contracts by 6.10% in Q2 2020, as critical sectors plunge

What they are saying

In a note by the management of the company commenting on the result, it was stated that: “Living Trust Mortgage Bank Plc achieved this result under a new management, led by Adekunle Adewole as the Managing Director, which came on board in May, this year, and Alhaji Adebayo Jimoh-led board of directors.”

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The bank which was hitherto known as Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc also rebranded and became known by its present name.

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The bank further said, “Our recent achievement are fallouts of the strategies introduced by the new management, to ensure that the bank effectively discharges its commitments to its growing customer base.

“Our recent rebranding also contributed to our feat, as it became necessary for us to adopt an image which correctly reflects our current outlook and strategic focus.”

READ: C&I Leasing gets approval to list N539 million worth rights issue 

The bank’s management was recently overhauled, while its board of directors was also reconstituted, following the acquisition of majority shareholding in it by Cititrust Holdings Plc.

According to the bank, with the increasing cultural diversity of its fast-growing customer base, it became necessary for it to adopt an image that correctly reflected its current outlook and strategic focus.

The bank added that the name change is also a reflection of its corporate transformation plan, which primarily aims at delivering superior quality products and services to all customers, regardless of their status or location.

READ: Devaluation: Nigeria’s current account deficit rises again

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About Adewole Adekunle

The new MD, Mr. Adewole Adekunle, is a banking professional with over 2 decades of experience cutting across areas like retail, commercial, corporate banking, corporate strategies, and credit recoveries.

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He served in various positions in Omega Bank (now Keystone Bank), Standard Trust Bank (now UBA), Broad bank (now Union bank), and Sterling Bank.

He has 2 MBAs in Marketing and Finance from the University of Ado-Ekiti and the Metropolitan School of Business and Management, UK. He also holds a Masters in Business Law and a certificate in Global Management (CGM). He is an Alumnus of Lagos Business School and INSEAD.

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Exxon Mobil to cut 14,000 jobs as pandemic hit oil demand, prices

Exxon Mobil announced it will slash its global workforce by 15% over the next two years, as it struggles to preserve dividends.

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Exxon Mobil to cut 14,000 jobs as pandemic hit oil demand, prices, ExxonMobil to Divest oil fields in Nigeria, Domestic oil companies

Exxon Mobil Corp on Thursday, October 30, 2020, announced that it will reduce its global workforce by 15% by the end of 2022 – an unprecedented culling by North America’s biggest oil explorer, as the coronavirus pandemic hits energy demand, prices, and struggles to preserve dividends.

The job cuts are expected to include 1,900 U.S. jobs – mostly in Houston, the headquarters for its US oil and gas businesses – as well as layoffs previously announced in Europe and Australia and reductions in the number of contractors, some of which have already taken place.

READ: Exxon Mobil, Chevron record their worst losses in history

READ: Presco Plc projects N24.53 billion turnover in Q4 2020

This was disclosed in a statement that was released by the energy giant on Thursday, October 30, 2020.

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The staff reduction is part of the latest effort by the Chief Executive Officer, Darren Woods, to curtail spending and halt the worst string of quarterly losses since Exxon assumed its modern form with the 1999 takeover of Mobil Corp.

READ: Chevron considers divesting from Nigeria, to focus on U.S Shale Oil

What you should know

Exxon and other oil producers have been slashing costs due to a collapse in oil demand and prices, as well as ill-timed bets on new projects. The Big Oil rivals of Exxon are also cutting thousands of jobs in response to the pandemic-induced demand slump. BP Plc plans to slash 10,000 jobs, Royal Dutch Shell Plc will cut as many as 9,000 roles, and Chevron Corp. has announced around 6,000 reductions.

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Norton said that Exxon’s workforce stood at about 88,000 people, including 75,000 in-house employees and about 13,000 contractors as of year-end 2019.

READ: Why the NNPC is being dragged to US courts by Exxon Mobil, Shell

Exxon’s job cut is a sign of its weakened financial position compared to its former status as the S&P 500 Index’s biggest company less than a decade ago, and a profit powerhouse used to ride out oil-price cycles.

This year’s downturn has been particularly damaging because it also affected refining, usually a cushion in times of low oil prices. Also, it came at a time when Exxon was already increasing borrowing to fund a large expansion program. The company was forced to retreat on these plans in April, reducing capital spending by $10 billion and delaying or scaling back most of the major projects.

READ: Exxon begins talks with domestic firms to divest businesses in Nigeria

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The stock has plunged more than 50% this year. Its dividend yield is now more than 10%, indicating that investors are anticipating a cut. Exxon maintained the quarterly payout on Wednesday and is expected to post its third consecutive quarterly loss when it reports earnings tomorrow.

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What they are saying

The Company in its statement said, “These actions will improve the company’s long-term cost competitiveness and ensure the company manages through the current unprecedented market conditions.’’

Exxon’s spokesman, Casey Norton, through an email said that the total reduction means the company will reduce its workforce by about 14,000 people, split between employees and contractors from year-end 2019 levels. The cuts will come through attrition, targeted redundancy programs in 2021, and scaled-back hiring in some countries.

READ: Google fired up, post strong advertising growth

What this means

Another set of job losses in the oil sector in Nigeria is looming. Nigeria is one of Exxon’s biggest operational bases in oil and gas exploration and production globally. Also, this is another setback after Shell announced 9,000 job cuts globally, which includes Nigeria, and the announcement by Chevron that it plans to reduce its staff strength in Nigeria by 25%.

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