Dangote Group has emerged winner of the 2018 prestigious Nigerian Risk Award (NRA) which recognizes organizations who have made measurable impact within their sector through the effective application of good governance, risk management and internal control systems and strategies.
The award was on Thursday, September 6, 2018 conferred on Dangote at the Fourth NRA summit attended by top executives of both public and private sector was chaired by the Pro-Chancellor and Ex-Chairman of the Governing Council, Lagos Business School and Pan-Atlantic University, Dr. Christopher Kolade and recognized other individuals and organizations across – Banking and Investment; Insurance and Pension, telecoms and Media Service, Oil and Gas Services sectors.
Dangote Group was shortlisted for the award by a panel of judges made up of 14 risk management professionals and academics across 4 countries including – Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States of America and Denmark.
According to NRA co-chair Mr. Tunde Popoola, the panel of judges responsible for assessing all entries for the prestigious award, assessed all entries based on four criteria and went further to include a fifth and evidence-based metric to the selection process, further streamlining the process and ensuring winners have demonstrated actual value in the context of an overall risk management programme.
He said “This year’s award recognizes organizations that have successfully integrated and promote risk management culture and practices. The decision-making process is merit driven and a new metric was introduced to attest the evidence of success made by organizations. This changed the outcome significantly as quiet a lot of companies applied but failed on the part of providing evidence.”
He further said “All 14 judges participated in the assessment process and ranked all entries on response provided on – what was done by the organization in integrating and promoting risk management culture and practices; when it was done; how it was done; what was achieved and the final metric of evidence of result which carried 30% of the entire rating. To win, any organization must score a minimum of 70%.” Dangote Industries Limited emerged as the winner in the Manufacturing, Production and Industry’ category.
Receiving the awards, Group Operational Lead, Risk Management of Dangote Group, Mrs. Eneni Oduwole expressed gratitude to the organizers of the event and the panel of judges who have committed immense resources towards the project, she said “As Africa’s foremost business conglomerate, we understand the importance of integrating a robust and relevant Risk Management practices and we are honoured to receive this award from NRA, a body committed to championing the cause of risk management excellence.
The rigorous judging process reaffirms the outstanding Risk Management framework of Dangote Industries Limited towards delivering superior value for our stakeholders, and it further fuels our commitment to do more”
Dangote Industries Limited in 2017, became the first manufacturing organization in West Africa to be awarded the ISO 22301 certificate in Business Continuity Management (BCM) following an external audit. ISO certifications are an international benchmark highlighting good business practices and providing a framework for an organization to proactively identify and mitigate current and future threats to business, allowing continuity across its operations and preserving stakeholder value.
Other awardees at the summit include – Ex-governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko for promoting Health, Safety and Emergency Risk Management in Nigeria; Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) for inspiring effective Emergency response in Nigeria; Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) for Inspiring Safety practice and education in Nigeria; Association of Enterprise Risk Management Professionals (AERMP) for promoting Risk Management Awareness and Education in Nigeria; UBA Pensions, IITA and Forte Oil.
Lafarge Africa Plc. announces its board meeting and closed period for Q2 2020
The notification which was duly signed by General Counsel & Company Secretary.
Lafarge Africa Plc. notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public that he closed period will commence on Wednesday, 8th July 2020 until the unaudited financial statement for the second quarter ended 30th June 2020, is released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
In a disclosure on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, it wrote: “We hereby notify the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public that a meeting of the Board of Directors of Lafarge Africa Plc has been scheduled to hold on Thursday, 23rd July 2020 to consider the second quarter financial results of the Company for the quarter ended 30th June 2020.”
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The notification which was duly signed by General Counsel & Company Secretary, Mrs. Adewunmi Alode explained further stating that “Accordingly, no Director, employee, persons discharging managerial responsibility and Advisers of the Company and their connected persons may directly or indirectly deal in the shares of the Company in any manner during the closed period.”
Over the past few months, it made a few board changes with the retirement of two of its Non-Executive Directors, as well as the appointment of three new Directors. It had also spun off its South African subsidiary, Lafarge South Africa Holdings (LSAH), last year.
Lafarge Africa’s Q1 2020 revenue was up 9.8% year-on-year to N63.7 billion, driven by higher Cement Sales (a figure up 11% year-on-year to N62.3 billion) which offset the weakness in Aggregate and Concrete (down 21% y/y to N1.4bn). Its EBITDA grew by 2.4% year-on-year to N19.3 billion as well. As at Tuesday the 7th of July, the share price of the company was N10.00.
AXA Mansard Insurance Plc gives notice of Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be live-streamed to enable shareholders and stakeholders participate.
Insurance firm, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc., has given notice of its board of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
The announcement which was disclosed by Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in a corporate disclosure on July 7th, 2020 and signed by Company Secretary, Omowunmi Mabel Adewusi read, “Notice is hereby given that the twenty-eighth annual general meeting of AXA Mansard Insurance Plc. will hold at the Oriental Hotel, no. 3, Lekki Road, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.”
As noted, the purpose of the AGM is to transact the following business:
- To receive the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, and the Reports of the Directors, Auditors and Statutory Audit Committee thereon
- To authorise Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditors
- To elect Directors and
- To elect members of the Statutory Audit Committee.
In order to ensure that all relevant stakeholders can be a part of the AGM, the company will also be streaming the AGM live. It noted that “This will enable shareholders and other stakeholders who will not be attending physically to follow the proceedings.”
The link for the live streaming of the Meeting will be made available on the Company’s website at www.axamansard.com.
Recall that a few months ago, in March, the company’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of John Dickson as the company’s new Non-Executive Director. A month earlier, it also disclosed its plan to sell its pension management subsidiary (AXA Mansard Pensions Ltd) and some undisclosed real estate investments.
Its unaudited financials for the period Q1 2020 reveal a growth across revenue and profit lines. Gross written premium grew by 21% from N17.4 billion earned in Q1 2019 to N21 billion in Q1 2020. Profit for the year for the group grew by a commendable 120% from N890 million in Q1 2019 to N1.9 billion in Q1 2020.
As at Tuesday, the 7th of July when markets closed, the share price of the company was N1.59. The company’s EPS stood at 0.33 while its price to book ratio stood at 0.6082.
NSITF board to investigate suspended MD and others over financial misconduct
The board of directors of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has revealed that it will investigate the activities of the suspended Managing Director, 3 Executive Directors, and 8 other senior management staff over financial breaches and gross misconduct.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the board of NSITF, Mr. Austin Enajemo-Isire, in a statement in Enugu on Sunday July 5, 2020.
Enajemo-Isire said that the Managing Director and other top management staff of the organization would have the opportunity to clear themselves of any wrongdoing with the probe panel which was being set up.
While reacting to claims that the suspension did not follow due process as President Muhammadu Buhari did not approve it, Enajemo-Isire said that the approval for the suspension of the affected staff had been conveyed to the Labour Minister in a correspondence referenced SGF. 47/511/T/99 of June 30, 2020.
According to the Chairman, “The minister has conveyed this approval and directives to me for necessary action in terms of setting up a board-driven investigative panel.
“This is to give the affected officers the opportunity to clear themselves of the financial and procurement breaches and acts of gross misconduct and other infractions that gave rise to their prima facie indictment.
“It is in this light that I have decided to call a virtual meeting of the management board on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to consider the modalities for our action.”
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He, therefore, appealed to staffers of NSITF and their social partners to keep calm and exercise restraint.
A few days ago, Nairametrics reported the suspension of the Managing Director and some senior management staff over corruption allegations. However, the management in its reaction debunked that claim and said that the President did not approve their suspension but that rather, it was the sole decision of the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, who they said was overreaching himself.