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King Baudouin Foundation awards Wecyclers N81m to expand in Nigeria

The African Development Prize will allow Wecyclers to upscale its model and increase footprint.

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Lagos-based waste management startup, Wecyclers, has won the King Baudouin Foundation’s African Development Prize.

Wecyclers was awarded the sum of N81 million (€200,000), which gives them the needed capital support for the expansion of their business.

Why Wecyclers won the Prize: Out of 244 applications received by the foundation, Wecyclers was chosen as the most  for its role in community development.

The award ceremony will be held on June 12, 2019, in the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium.

“We are proud to recognise Wecyclers for their very effective model… The independent Selection committee selected the enterprise out of 244 applications for its innovative approach to engaging the community, turning recycling into an economic driver for communities and turning citizens into agents of change.” said, Hervé Lisoir from the King Baudouin Foundation.”

A quick look at opportunities the Award avails Wecyclers

  • The African Development Prize will allow Wecyclers to upscale their model and increase their footprint.
  • The Prize also provides access to a wide network of stakeholders in Europe and the US, who may support them as they grow

Wecyclers’ portfolio

The company currently has more than 17,000 subscribers in seven localities in Lagos. The Start-up registers around 200 new members each month. Wecyclers has also created 200 jobs in 7-years, with a focus on women, who currently account for 60% of their workforce. With current growth projections, Wecyclers aim to collect 5,000 tons of recyclables by 2020 and could be serving 500,000 households by 2023.

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The company’s growth began under the leadership of Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, the co-founder of Wecyclers, who has since been appointed as the Managing Director of the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) in 2018.

The company is based in the State which is likely to become the biggest city in the world by 2100, as Africa is projected to account for 5 out of the 10 biggest cities in the world by 2100. Today, Lagos residents generate 15,000 tons of waste per day, of which only 40% is collected by the Government.

And with the gap left in the collation of waste in Lagos State, the country holds enormous revenue for Wecyclers, because the company is designed to help fill this gap and reduce solid waste in the streets of Lagos, improving both the environment and the well-being of populations.

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How Wecyclers work: The waste company utilises low and high technology solutions that comprise SMS technology and a mobile application, as well as low-cost collection vehicles, which collect recyclable waste directly from households to sell to recycling plants before being made into new products.

“Giving back to the community is in the DNA of Wecyclers. We want to expand our business to other neighbourhoods. In the midterm, we want to be big enough to build our own recycling plant.

“Growing more for Wecyclers, means being able to give back even more to the community,” said Olawale Adebiyi, CEO of Wecyclers.”

Some notable backers of Wecyclers includes Tony Elumelu Foundation and Unilever, with whom Wecyclers recently launched “kiosks” in places where there are no collection routes.

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CBN reduces MPR from 12.5% to 11.5%

The Governor of the CBN has announced the reduction of MPR from 12.5% to 11.5%.

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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has voted to reduce the Monetary policy rate (MPR) from 12.5% to 11.5%. This was disclosed by Governor, CBN, Godwin Emefiele while reading the communique at the end of the MPC meeting on Tuesday.

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The committee retained CRR at 27.5% stating that the recent inflationary pressures is not driven by monetary policies, rather as a result of structural policies.

Highlights of the Committee’s decision

  • Reduce the MPR by 100 basis points from 12.5% to 11.5%
  • Adjust asymmetric corridor from +200/-500 to
  • Retain CRR at 27.5%
  • retain liquidity ratio at 30%

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FG moves to clamp down on illegal fertilizer manufacturers and agro-dealers 

It is now forbidden for anyone to go into fertilizer business in Nigeria, without registering with the FISSD.

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Fertilizer Producers hail FG's total ban on NPK fertilizers

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has disclosed that anyone caught producing or merchandising adulterated fertilizers, under the new lawwill be jailed. 

This disclosure was made via the Ministry’s official Twitter handle, to the general public, and seen by Nairametrics. 

The announcement notifies the general public that the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act 2019, is to make sure that every farmer has good and efficient fertilizer for their farms, to boost farming harvest and output. 

The ministry reiterated that it is forbidden for anyone to go into fertilizer business in Nigeria, without registering with the Farm Inputs Support Services Department (FISSD) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. However, anyone caught producing or merchandising adulterated fertilizers will be jailed. 

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This regulation is to address the recurring issues of the effect of substandard fertilizers on farm produceand the market proliferation of adulterated fertilizers in the country, which continues to bedevil farm outputs and harvests in the country. 

Backstory: On the 26th of August, the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development,  Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu, reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment towards implementing the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act 2019. He ensured that the fertilizer regulatory system is in place, to safeguard the interest of the farmers, as when the regulation is implemented, it will protect farmers from using adulterated fertilizers that are nutrient deficient.  

Why this matters  

This policy is important to safeguard both the interest of the farmers and the members of the public, as the initiative is expected to increase agricultural harvest and productivity, in a bid to make national food security a reality. 

The NFQC Act will safeguard interests of fertilizer enterprises, businesses and agrodealers, as it will create part of the enabling environment for private sector investment in the fertilizer industry, and protect the environment against potential dangers, that may result from market proliferation of adulterated fertilizers and the use of harmful substances in fertilizer. 

The Executive Secretary of FEPSAN, Mr. Gideon Negedu, reiterated that the new National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019, is a game-changer for the nation’s agricultural sector and a powerful weapon for the farmers. 

In his view, Prof. Yemi AkinseyeGeorge (SAN), said, “that the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders of the fertilizers industryhave taken the bull by the horn in enacting a robust legal framework for quality control in the country.

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NSE highlights retail investment opportunities in today’s Nigerian Capital Market

The Exchange in collaboration with the NISL has inaugurated the Retail Investors’ Webinar.

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“NSE” or “The Exchange”) has expressed its commitment to redefining and improving investors’ overall experience in the Nigerian capital market, and ensuring that it remains modern, convenient and secure. This was highlighted at the inaugural edition of the Retail Investors’ Webinar hosted by The Exchange in collaboration with the Nigerian International Securities Limited (NISL) on Monday, 21 September 2020. The event, with the theme, Capital Market Investing in a Digital Age, was supported by the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) and the Association of Securities Dealing Houses of Nigeria (ASHON).

Speaking during the webinar, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON said, “Investor participation is central to the growth and sustainable development of any economy. The Exchange is, therefore, committed to facilitating conversations that will expound on the retail investment opportunities available in the capital market and the channels through which they can be accessed.  Today, our determination to develop the market and strengthen investor confidence has birthed a number of technology-driven solutions that allow investors to conveniently trade electronically in an increasing array of product offerings that includes Equities, Bonds, ETFs and other Collective Investment Schemes. We will, therefore, continue to take advantage of the vast opportunities to equip existing and potential investors with the necessary skills to effectively manage and grow the financial resources at their disposal.”

On his part, the Managing Director, Nigerian International Securities Limited (NISL), Mr. Laolu Martins said, “NSE has consistently pioneered far-reaching innovations within the Nigerian capital market, positively driving market integrity, boosting both investor confidence and market participation.” He went on to highlight the efforts of the NISL to create wealth for investors via an appropriate mix of securities using well spelt out market research to help investors meet their financial objectives. In doing so, he provided an analysis of the investment instruments available on NSE including equities, bonds, REITS, Closed-Ended Funds, ETFs, etc.

(READ MORE: Capital market operators call for the suspension of recapitalisation plans)

The event also featured a presentation on the importance of Market Data in making investment decisions by the Head, Market Services, NSE, Mr. Olufemi Balogun. It would be recalled that The Exchange recently released an upgrade to its X-DataPortal. The revamped portal has been designed to serve as a principal source for brokers, fund managers, research analysts, other professionals and non-professional participants like students and investors to get quality real-time and reference data reports for analysis, research and reporting purposes. Mr. Balogun encouraged investors at the webinar to access the information via https://dataportal.nse.com.ng.

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The Exchange has showed its clear determination to ensure that investors have a better understanding and appreciation of investment products offered in the Nigerian capital market in its efforts to become Africa’s preferred Exchange hub. The upswing in market activities in Q2:2020 is a testament to the resilience of the market as a result of concerted efforts of The Exchange. As at the end of August 2020, the NSE All Share Index had recorded an 18.9% increase from its position at the end of March, 2020. In addition, the market also witnessed a growth in the percentage value of equity transactions contributed by retail investors, currently at 29% from the 21.8% recorded in 2018 and 24.72% recorded in 2019.    

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