It is widely believed that one of the biggest challenges the continent faces is the dearth of leadership. However, across the continent and of course in Nigeria, there are some men and women in corporate organizations, government, and other spheres of life, changing the narratives and inspiring others to do the same.
On this week’s edition of founders profile, we take a look at Dr. Felix Ohiwerei, a respected and well-known Nigerian boardroom guru. He is a living legend in the corporate world. That he is a successful businessman is not in doubt and among his peers in the business circle, he is held in high esteem.
Early life and education
Felix Omoikhoje Aizobeoje Ohiwerei hails from Uzebba in Owan Local Government of Edo State. He was born on the 18th of January, 1937. He attended St. David’s School, Avbiosi New Site, and Government Secondary School, Owerri, for his primary and secondary school education respectively. He later proceeded to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology Ibadan.
He obtained his B.A. in Geography from the University of Ibadan, formerly University College, Ibadan in 1961.
On graduating from the University College Ibadan in June 1961, he worked briefly as a teacher at Remo Secondary School, Sagamu. Ohiwerei later got offers from popular multinationals like Nigerian Breweries (NB) and Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC). According to Ohiwerei, he settled for NB because he was more comfortable with their products (beer and soft drinks) than those of the NTC which deals majorly in tobacco.
He joined NB in April 1962 as Manager-In-Training. Initially, members of his family had misgivings about him working at Nigerian Breweries seeing as it produced alcoholic beverages, but his father, a catechist, supported him, noting that the training he had received from home would guide him. These words from his father kept him on the narrow path, as he did not want to let the old man down.
Shortly afterward, he was promoted to the position of Field Sales Manager and in that capacity, he served in the West and Mid-West and returned to Lagos in 1965 as Promotions Manager.
In 1966, he was sent on attachment to Elida Gibbs (a Unilever Company in the UK). He returned to Lagos eighteen months later to assume the position of Star Product Manager. Before becoming Marketing Manager in 1974, Mr. Ohiwerei held the positions of Lager Product Group Manager and General Brands Manager.
Board member of blue-chip companies
He was appointed to the Board of Nigerian Breweries in 1977 as Marketing Director, and in 1982 was seconded to UAC Foods Division as General Manager. In June 1986, he went to UAC International, London (a Unilever Company) as a Senior Manager in Nominated African Territories Regional Management.
Dr. Ohiwerei was appointed Deputy Chairman/Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc in 1987, became Chairman/Managing Director in June 1989 and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1997.
He retired from the service of Nigerian Breweries in June 1999, was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the company in July 1999 and retired from the Board in December 2007. He also served as Chairman of Fidson Healthcare Limited.
Of note was the significant improvement in the financials of NB when he was at the helm of affairs. Before he was appointed the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Nigeria Breweries Plc, the turnover was N207,476 million, and by the time he stepped down as Chairman, the turnover had soared to N111,748 billion – an increase of 54,284. 9%, while the profit after tax grew from N27,567,000 to N18,943,000,000.
He was also Chairman of Unilever Nigeria Plc from January 1998 to December 2007. He was a Director of Shell Closed Pension Fund Administrator Ltd until April 2009.
Dr. Ohiwerei recently stepped down as the Chairman of e-Tranzact Plc in January this year.
He is also on the boards of several blue-chip companies including Coates Brothers (West Africa) Limited, Jubilee Mortgage Bank Limited, Bankers Warehouse Limited, World Dove Media Plc and Ashford and McGuire Consulting. Currently, he is the Chairman of Asset & Resource Management Holding Company Ltd.
He has an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (LL.D) from the University of Ibadan.
He is a recipient of the Zik’s Prize in Leadership Award.
The Order of Orange Nassau by the Queen of the Netherlands.
Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).
More on his Personal life
Dr. Ohiwerei acknowledges his father as his mentor while growing up, adding that his father’s strong character had a great impact on him.
According to him:
”The very first mentor that I had was my father. He had a very strong character. He was a catechist. He was also a strict disciplinarian and his lifestyle impacted very strongly on me as a child. As much as he understood, he brought us up to fear God. ”
In his career, Dr. Ohiweri mentioned Dr. C.E. Abebe, Dr. Michael Omolayole and Mr. Akintola Williams as his role model.
According to him,
” All these role models stood out because they were achievers and men of integrity. Later on in life, I met a man of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye. His humility, lifestyle and unimpeachable character challenged me. He is my spiritual role model.”
In his biography, “Winning by his Grace”, he described the death of two of his children as the two worst experiences in his life.
”The two hardest knocks I have had in life are the loss of a daughter at 22 and later on, the loss of a son who was in his 30s.”
At 81 years old, the boardroom titan is an Elder and Member of Board of Trustees of the Redeem Christian Church of God. He attributed his success story to hard work, perseverance, and determination to succeed.
Dr. Felix Ohiwerei is happily married with three children.
Official: Imo State is unemployment capital of Nigeria
According to NBS, 75.1% of the total employable people in Imo State are either underemployed or unemployed.
Data from the National Bureau of Statistics reveal Imo State, located in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria has the highest unemployment rate in the country.
In contrast, Anambra State is the state with the least unemployment in the country with 13.1% unemployment rate. The national average for the unemployment rate is 27.1%
Imo State has an unemployment rate of 48.7% as at the second quarter of 2020, by far the highest when compared to any other state in the country.
According to the data, 75.1% of the total employable people in the state are either underemployed or unemployed.
- Total number of employable people – 2.48 million
- Fully employed people – 618, 481
- Unemployed people in the state – 593. 347
- Underemployed – 656, 394
Imo State is largely a civil service town and has been unlucky with state governors over the last 20 years. Private sector jobs are hard to come by in the serene state with most industries setting up show in nearby cities like Aba, Port Harcourt, and Onitsha.
The city was once notorious for ritual motivated murders and kidnappings but has since overcome these challenges.
Akwa Ibom State is next on the list with an unemployment rate of 1.14 million people. The state’s underemployed population is about 551k people while the unemployment and underemployment rates combined is 66.9%.
The best: The state with the lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria is Anambra State with 13.1% out of the total working population of 2.25 million people. The state was 37 out of 37 states in the ranking of unemployment by state. About 1.9 million people in Anambra State are either fully employed (1.57 million) or under-employed (384k) in the state.
Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital and where most graduates rush to for jobs currently has an unemployment rate of 19.5% and sits at 27 in the state by state unemployment ladder. The data shows about 6.8 million people make up the labour force population in Lagos State out of which 3.99 million people are fully employed and another 1.5 million people are underemployed. About 870k Lagosians who are employable did absolutely nothing.
Concentration: In terms of the concentration of unemployed people, Rivers State came first with a whopping 1.7 million people out of jobs in the state. The state as a working population of 3.9 million. Rivers State unemployment rate is 43.7 and ranks third as the worst. 21.7 million Nigerians are unemployed.
Lagos State had the most employed persona with about 3.99 million people out of a total of 35.5 million.
Julius Berger’s rebound contingent on full economic bounce back
Julius Berger’s construction portfolio includes infrastructure, industry, building, and facility services solutions.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the economic impact of the measures put in place to slow the spread of it, many industries have experienced slower growth. The construction industry was not left out. According to reports by GlobalData, the construction output growth forecast for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been revised to 2.3%, down from the previous projection of 3.3% (as of mid-April) and 6.0% in the pre-COVID-19 case (Q4 2019 update).
The reason for the contraction was noted by GlobalData to be as a result of the global slowdown and the outbreak of COVID-19 in the region. Other factors responsible include economic headwinds such as inflation, spending cuts, widening fiscal slippages, suspension of certain projects and more that could disrupt the construction sector. This contraction is projected to be 4.3% in South and Southeast Asia while France is expected to shrink by 9.4% in 2020.
Leading Construction Company, Julius Berger, had foreseen the contraction in the industry and commenced efforts to mitigate its impact and cushion the blow. One of such efforts was the reduction in dividend pay-out. After initially announcing a dividend pay-out of N2.75K per 50K share for the financial year ended December 31, 2019 and a bonus of 1 (one) new share for every existing 5 (five) shares held, the company eventually recommended a final cash dividend pay-out of N2.00K per 50k share.
It noted that the Group had “carefully considered the emerging social, operational, financial and economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, the outlook for Nigeria for the financial year 2020, and the impact on the business and cash flows of the Group.”
The company’s fears have been confirmed by its recent financials which, among other negatives, showed huge foreign exchange losses of N3.102 billion in the first half of 2020.
Q2 was the hardest
Julius Berger’s construction portfolio includes infrastructure, industry, building, and facility services solutions. With companies and nations alike revising scheduled capital expenses as a result of the shrinkages in product demand (owing to global quarantine measures), uncertainties around supply logistics as well as supply of materials, the company had gotten hit. Q1 had its own issues, but Q2 birthed a new dimension of challenges for the company.
Revenue was down 33% from N68.9 billion in Q2 2019 to N46.1 billion in 2020. There was also a huge loss in profit after tax of around 200% from a profit of N2.3 billion in Q2 2019 to a loss of N2.3 billion and this can be attributed to lower revenue, and increased losses from the company’s many investments.
Exchange difference on translation of foreign operations for the quarter alone increased by 227% to N1.4 billion in Q2 2020 from N438.5 million in the comparative quarter.
Outlook for the company and for investors
The disruptions the construction industry is currently experiencing is expected to continue for the medium-long term. Reports by Beroe Inc., a procurement intelligence firm, reveal major concerns that companies in the industry will witness profits being hurt and may even incur losses on a number of projects.
Companies having worldwide supply chains could see tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers highly affected by disruptions related to the pandemic. Worse off, it explains that construction materials like “steel, wood, plaster, aluminum, glazed partition systems, cement and cementitious products, paints, HVAC equipment, electrical equipment, and light fixtures from China are expected to be delayed.”
For the company, cost-cutting has never been more important. While there are a series of strategies it could explore to augment the challenges, its growth right now depends largely on the speed of global economic recovery. This is because both the company’s input needs as well as its output in terms of the recommencement of projects, depends on the speed with which business as usual commences and the amount of time it takes for the industry to find a new balance for its operations.
For investors, however, this presents a long term opportunity. Julius Berger currently trades at N15.05, falling 44.26% just within the last 3 months. The share price is also on the downside of its 52-week range (N14.42 and 22.92) and its price-to-book ratio of 0.6331 shows that the stock is undervalued.
While the company’s EPS is currently low at N2.52, investors who are willing to wait the time could find a gem in the stock particularly with the increased infrastructural needs born out of the population expansion which is taking place in many parts of the world in the years to come.
List of Dividends announced so far in 2020 (August)
List of Dividends announced so far in 2020 (August)
As audited accounts start to trickle in, companies will propose dividend payments to their shareholders as recommended by their respective boards of directors. It is also important to track these announcements to know who is eligible to collect the dividend, when it will be approved and when it will be paid. Dividend payment also affects share prices.
This page will be updated from time to time.
Date Announced – The date the company announced dividends evidenced by a corporate action published on the website of the NSE.
Qualification date – Shareholders who own shares as of this date will receive dividends. If you buy shares and want to receive dividends make sure it is at least three days before this date. Shares get transferred to you on the basis of the T+3 rule (the date you bought plus 3 working days).
Payment date – This is when the dividend will be paid to you, either via post (dividend warrants) or direct credit to your bank accounts (e-dividend).
Closure of Register – Only shareholders who own shares listed in their register before this date will be paid dividends.
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2020 Dividends from companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
|Company||DPS||Date Announced||Bonus||Closure of Register||AGM Date||Payment Date||Qualification date|
|Northern Nigeria Flour Milss PLC||N0.15k||13th August 2020||Nil||25th - 28th August 2020||8th September 2020||10th September 2020||24th August 2020|
|Honeywell Flour mills||N0.04k||5th August 2020||Nil||17th - 23rd September 2020||30th September 2020||30th September 2020||16th September 2020|
|Presco Plc (Updated)||N2.00k||3rd June 2020||Nil||20th - 22nd July 2020||2nd September 2020||4th September 2020||17th July 2020|
|Cornerstone Insurance||Nil||4th August 2020||7 new shares for every 30 existing shares||13th -17th August 2020||NA||NA||12th August 2020|
|Flour Mills of Nigeria||N1.4||29th July 2020||Nil||17th August - 21st August 2020||10th September||14th September 2020||14th August 2020|
|MTN Nigeria Plc||N3.50k||29th July 2020||Nil||17th August 2020||NA||24tb August 2020||14th August 2020|
|Cutix PLC||N0.12K||29th July 2020||Nil||16th - 20th November 2020||27th November 2020||30th November 2020||13th November 2020|
|C & I Leasing PLC||N0.20k||30th June 2020||Nil||14th - 16th July 2020||23rd July 2020||31st July 2020||13th July 2020|
|McNichols Consolidated Plc (Revised)||N0.03k||1st April 2020||Nil||2nd - 6th July 2020||30th July 2020||7th August 2020||1st July 2020|
|Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc||N1.10k||8th June 2020||Nil||22nd June 2020||9th July 2020||within 48hrs after AGM||19th June 2020|
|Jaiz bank||N0.03k||9th June 2020||Nil||29th June - 3rd July 2020||16th July 2020||16th July 2020||26th June 2020|
|UAC of Nigeria Plc (UPDATED)||N0.10k||20th April 2020||Nil||19th - 22nd May 2020||15th July 2020||16th July 2020||18th May 2020|
|Prestige Assurance Plc||Nil||4th June 2020||2 New shares for every 11 existing shares||22nd - 26th June 2020||30th June 2020||N/A||19th June 2020|
|Trans-Nationwide Express Plc||N0.03k||1st June 2020||Nil||6th - 10th July 2020||16th July 2020||20th July 2020||3rd July 2020|
|Nigeria Aviation Handling Company PLC||N0.30k||28th May 2020||Nil||1st - 3rd July 2020||16th July 2020||16th July 2020||30th June 2020|
|Skyway Aviation Handling Co. Plc||N0.16k||1st June 2020||Nil||17th - 23rd June 2020||30th June 2020||30th June 2020||16th June 2020|
|11 Plc||N8.25||28th May 2020||Nil||30th Sept - 5th Oct 2020||to be announced||to be announced||29th Sept 2020|
|Glaxo SmithKilne Consumer Nig. Plc||N0.55k||22nd May 2020||Nil||23rd June - 2nd July 2020||23rd July 2020||24th July 2020||22nd June 2020|
|Airtel Africa||0.03||13th May 2020||Nil||6th July 2020||Not applicable||24th July 2020||NA|
|Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc||N0.20k||22nd May 2020||Nil||16th June 2020||25th June 2020||25th June 2020||15th June 2020|
|Nigerian Breweries Plc (Revised)||N1.51k||20th May 2020||Nil||5th-11th March 2020||23rd June 2020||24th June 2020||4th March 2020|
|BUA Cement||N1.75k||19th May 2020||Nil||28th Sept - 2nd Oct 2020||22nd October 2020||23rd October 2020||25th September 2020|
|NASCON Allied Industries Plc||N0.40k||13th May 2020||Nil||15th - 16th July 2020||27th July 2020||29th July 2020||14th July 2020|
|Total Nigeria Plc||N6.71||13th May 2020||Nil||5th - 11th June 2020||to be announced||24hrs after meeting||4th June 2020|
|Cadbury Nigeria Plc||N0.49k||13th May 2020||Nil||25th - 29th May 2020||24th June 2020||25th June 2020||22nd May 2020|
|May and Baker Plc||N0.25k||13th May 2020||Nil||27th - 29th May 2020||4th June 2020||8th June 2020||26th May 2020|
|NPF Microfinance Bank Plc||N0.20k||11th May 2020||Nil||17th - 22nd June 2020||30th June 2020||30th June 2020||16th June 2020|
|Okomu Oil Palm Plc||N2.00||23rd April2020||Nil||19th - 22nd May 2020||28th May 2020||29th May 2020||18th May 2020|
|Lafarge Africa Plc||N1||27th April 2020||Nil||4th - 8th May 2020||3rd June 2020||3rd June 2020||30th April 2020|
|Wema Bank Plc||N0.04k||23rd April 2020||Nil||7th - 12th May 2020||18th May 2020||18th May 2020||6th May 2020|
|Union bank of Nigeria||N0.25k||13th April 2020||Nil||27th - 30th April 2020||6th May 2020||6th May 2020||24th April 2020|
|FBN Holdings||N0.38k||6th April 2020||Nil||21st - 22nd April 2020||27th April 2020||28th April 2020||20th April 2020|
|Lafarge Africa Plc||N1.00k||6th April 2020||Nil||4th - 8th May 2020||26th May 2020||26th May 2020||30th April 2020|
|Ikeja Hotel Plc||N0.02||3rd April 2020||Nil||2nd - 8th July 2020||30th July 2020||7th August 2020||1st July 2020|
|NEM Insurance||N0.15k||1st April 2020||Nil||4th - 8th May 2020||to be announced||to be announced||30th April 2020|
|FCMB Group Plc||N0.14k||31st March 2020||Nil||15th - 17th April 2020||28th April 2020||28th April 2020||14th April 2020|
|Beta Glass Nigeria Plc||N1.67k||30th March 2020||Nil||15th - 19th June 2020||2nd July 2020||3rd July 2020||11th June 2020|
|Capital Hotel Plc||N0.05k||26th March 2020||Nil||20th - 24th April 2020||27th May 2020||3rd June 2020||17th April 2020|
|Sterling bank Plc||N0.03k||26th March 2020||Nil||5th - 8th May 2020||20th May 2020||20th May 2020||4th May 2020|
|Boc Gases||N0.30k||26th March 2020||Nil||8th - 10th June 2020||25th June 2020||26th June 2020||5th June 2020|
|Fidelity Bank Plc||N0.20k||23rd March 2020||Nil||20th - 24th April 2020||30th April 2020||30th April 2020||17th April 2020|
|Seplat Petroleum Dev. Company Plc||0.05||23rd March 2020||Nil||13th May 2020||28th May 2020||4th June 2020||12th May 2020|
|Julius Berger Nig. Plc||N2.75k||13th March 2020||0.002||1st to 3rd June 2020||18th June 2020||19th June 2020||29th May 2020|
|Nigeria Energy Sector Fund (NESF)||N75.00||10th March 2020||Nil||20th March 2020||6th April 2020||19th March 2020|
|Access Bank Plc||N0.40k||6th March 2020||Nil||15th April 2020||30th April 2020||30th April 2020||14th April 2020|
|Nestle Nig Plc||N45.00k||28th February 2020||Nil||18th - 22nd May 2020||2nd June 2020||2nd July 2020||15th May 2020|
|Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc||N2.00||5th March 2020||Nil||19th - 26th March 2020||30th June 2020||18th June 2020||18th March 2020|
|Guaranty Trust Bank Plc||N2.50k||2nd March 2020||Nil||19th March 2020||30th March 2020||30th March 2020||18th March 2020|
|United Bank of Africa||N0.80k||2nd March 2020||Nil||16th - 20th March 2020||27th March 2020||27th March 2020||13th March 2020|
|Transcorp Plc||N0.01k||28th February 2020||Nil||18th - 23rd March 2020||25th March 2020||27th March 2020||17th March 2020|
|MTN Nigeria Plc||N4.97k||28th February 2020||Nil||February 16, 1900||8th May 2020||19th May 2020||17th april 2020|
|Transcorp Hotels Plc||N0.07k||28th February 2020||Nil||13th-17th March 2020||24th March 2020||26th March 2020||12th March 2020|
|United Capital PLC||N0.50k||18th February 2020||Nil||9th-13th March 2020||24th March 2020||26th March 2020||6th March 2020|
|Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank PLC||N0.035K||30th January 2020||Nil||9th-13th March 2020||7th May 2020||14th May 2020||6th March 2020|
|Zenith bank Plc||N2.50k||21st February 2020||Nil||10th March 2020||16th March 2020||16th March 2020||9th March 2020|
|Africa Prudential Plc||N0.70k||25th february 2020||Nil||9th-13th March 2020||23rd March 2020||23rd March 2020||6th March 2020|
|Dangote Cement Plc||N16.00||25th february 2020||Nil||26th May 2020||15th June 2020||16th June 2020||25th May 2020|
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