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FirstBank speaks on fire incident at one of its branches

FirstBank’s Head of Corporate Communications and External Relations, Mr Babatunde Lasaki, has confirmed the fire incident at one of the bank’s branches.

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited’s Head of Corporate Communications and External Relations, Mr Babatunde Lasaki, has confirmed that there was a fire incident at one of the bank’s Lagos branches over the weekend.

He, however, said that the extent of the havoc and the number of valuables destroyed in the inferno cannot yet be confirmed.

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According to him, the fire was as a result of a power surge, which caused one of the inverters powering the bank’s Automated Teller Machines to catch fire.

The Lagos State Fire Service was informed about the development, leading to an immediate intervention to put out the fire before it could cause more damage.

“We discovered that it was one of the inverters in one of the ATM rooms that was affected by a power surge which led to the fire. We immediately called the attention of the fire servicve and the fire was put out.

“It was on a weekend, so the extent of the fire has yet to be confirmed. An evaluation will be carried out to determine the impact of the fire.”

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses around the Oko-Oba area of Lagos where the branch is situated recounted that the fire incident happened on Saturday and that some Automated Teller Machines were destroyed in the process.

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Reacting to the development, later on, the Acting Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasaki Musibau, said more damage would have been caused, except for the timely intervention of his team; with assistance from the police.

In his words –

“We were invited when the fire started and we responded through our Ikeja fire station. It involved an ATM and we were able to put it under control.”

A bad time for a fire incident

The fire incident is coming around the same time when FirstBank is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a company. As we reported, the official hosting of the ceremonial flag took place on Friday at the company’s Head Office in Marina, Lagos.

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The leading bank is a segment of FBN Holdings Plc, which is one of the biggest companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in terms of valuation/market capitalisation.

FBN Holding’s share price is currently trading at N7.65.

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Emmanuel holds an MSc. in International Relations and a B.A in Philosophy & Logic, both from the University of Ibadan. He is a communications professional. As a Lead Business Analyst at Nairametrics, he focuses mostly on quoted companies, their products/services, and the economy in which they operate. Emmanuel is also experienced in the areas of corporate communication, brand communication, corporate storytelling, public relations, business research, management/strategy, etc. You may contact him via his email- emmanuel.abara@nairametrics.com.

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Buhari nominates Okonjo-Iweala as DG World Trade Organization

President Muhammadu Buhari nominated the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This was seen in a tweet posted by the Presidential aide on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, in the early hours of Friday, June 5, 2020.

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In the statement, Ogunlesi said that the current Director-General of the intergovernmental organization, Roberto Azevedo, is stepping down from his position on August 2020, a year ahead of the end of his tenure.

Azevedo, who has been the head of the WTO since 2013, is stepping down at this critical period of global economic crisis and the trade war between the United States of America and China.

This means that the election that was earlier scheduled for 2021 when his tenure was supposed to expire might be coming up much earlier for a new four-year term.

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Tolu Ogunlesi in his statement said, ”President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Okonji-Iweala as Nigeria’s candidate for the position of the Director-General of World Trade Organization. DG Azevedo is stepping down in August 2020, a year earlier, so the election of the new DG, originally scheduled for 2021, may take place much earlier”.

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Just-in: AfDB board agrees to an independent probe of Akinwumi Adesina

The independent review shall be conducted by a neutral high calibre individual with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and integrity within a short time period of not more than two to four weeks maximum, taking the Bank group’s electoral calendar into account.

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The Bureau of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has agreed to authorize an independent review of the report of the ethics committee of the bank’s board of directors on the allegations levied against the President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina.

This was contained in a communique which was released and signed by the Chairperson of the Bureau of Board of Governors, Ms Niale Kaba, after the meeting of the bureau board of governors on June 4, 2020, with respect to the complaints against the President of the bank.

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In taking the decision, the Bureau agreed that the ethics committee performed its role on this matter in accordance with the applicable rule under resolution B/BG/2008/11 of the board of governors and that the Chairperson of the Bureau of Board of Governors performed her role in accepting the findings of the ethics committee in accordance with the said resolution.

The bank’s board of governors in its statement said, ‘’Based on the views of some Governors on the matter and the need to carry every Governor along in resolving it, the Bureau agrees to authorize an independent review of the report of the ethics committee of the board of governors relative to the allegations considered by the ethics committee and the submissions made by the President of the Bank Group thereto in the interest of due process.

‘’The independent review shall be conducted by a neutral high calibre individual with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and integrity within a short time period of not more than two to four weeks maximum, taking the Bank group’s electoral calendar into account.

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‘’The Bureau agrees that, within a three to six months period and following the independent review of the ethics committee report, an independent comprehensive review of the implementation of the bank’s group whistleblowing and complaints handling policy should be conducted with a view to ensuring that the policy is properly implemented, and revising it where necessary, to avoid situations of this nature in the future.’’

Following the allegations of unethical conducts, questionable appointments and contract awards by a group of whistleblowers and the subsequent clearance of all charges by the bank’s ethics committee, the United States Government, who is the largest shareholder outside Africa, asked for an independent probe of those allegations.

The US treasury secretary questioned the integrity of the committee’s process as well as the internal processes of the bank.

Adesina, a few days ago, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, where he assured of the country’s support towards his travails and his second term bid for the Presidency of the multilateral institution.

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FG removes cap on petrol price, allows marketers to fix price

The price cap per liter in respect of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) is removed from the commencement of these Regulations.

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The Federal Government has removed the cap on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) price, popularly known as petrol.

This was disclosed by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) via a memo, which was dated March 30, 2020, but realised on May 4, 2020, titled ‘Market Based  Pricing Regime for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Regulations, 2020.

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What it means: With the new development, marketers now have the freedom to fix the price of the commodity and sell above the price given by the agency.

Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu, explained that the agency would continue to monitor trends in the crude oil market and advise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and oil marketers on the monthly guiding price for the commodity.

“The price cap per litre in respect of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) is removed from the commencement of these Regulations. From the commencement of these Regulations, a market-based pricing regime for PMS shall take effect,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Nairametrics had reported that the agency announced a new retail price band for oil marketers.

In a circular dated May 31st, as seen by Nairametrics, the downstream regulator said oil marketers are now expected to sell petrol within the price range of N121.50 and N123.50. Part of the circular said:

“Please recall the recently approved pricing regime which became effective March 19, 2020, and the provision for the establishment of a monthly price band within which petroleum marketers are expected to sell PMS at the retail stations.”

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