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Portland Paints appoints Esosa Vanssa Balogun as a Non-Executive Director

Portland Paints & Products Nigeria plc has appointed Esosa Vanessa Balogun as a Non-Executive Director on the company’s Board of Directors. Her appointment took effect from April 25, 2019.

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Bolarin Okunowo, Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc appoints Non-Executive Director, Portland Paints announces new board changes, Portland Paints and Products Plc: Decrease in paint sales, depletes revenues. 

Portland Paints & Products Nigeria plc has appointed Esosa Vanessa Balogun as a Non-Executive Director on the company’s Board of Directors. Her appointment took effect from April 25, 2019.

The appointment was announced via a public disclosure that was signed by the company’s Secretary, Bolanle Maryanne Oyekan, and issued today to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Profile of Esosa Vanessa Balogun: Balogun is a certified professional with
extensive experience in the areas of Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Internal Control, Compliance and Corporate Governance.

Certification: She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Benin and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and possesses the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Certificate in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) from the IIA, global.

Career Path: Prior to joining UAC of Nigeria Plc (UACN), she was in the Risk Consulting arm of KPMG Professional Services and rose to the Senior Manager level. Her experience cuts across manufacturing, oil and gas, telecommunications and financial services industries.

Balogun joined UACN in 2016 as the Head, Risk and Compliance for the Group. She is responsible for driving risk management, control and compliance activities in UACN and all its subsidiary companies.

Overview of Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc: Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells paints. It operates through three segments: Portland Decorative Paints, Portland Marine, and Portland Bathroom.

The company offers decorative paints, including the Sandtex paints; Sandtex Biocote, an anti-microbial paint primarily for hospitals, clinics, primary health centers, laboratories, hotels, restaurants, colleges, universities and polytechnics, crèche and daycare centers, and kitchen; and Crown Trade professional coatings.

It also provides Hempel marine/protective coatings for the oil and gas, power generation, infrastructure, and light industries; markets and distributes sanitary ware products primarily for homes, hotel, schools, factories, etc.; and manufactures and markets instant road repair materials; and markets cements. The company was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. Portland Paints operates as a subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc.

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    SpaceX says it’s pursuing necessary licenses to bring Starlink to Nigeria

    Broadband penetration of 70% which covers 90% of the population is the FG’s target in its National Broadband Plan (NNBP), 2020-2025.

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    Telecoms sector remains resilient as broadband subscriptions climb

    American private space exploration company founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX says it is working to pursue all necessary licenses needed to bring the Starlink Satellite internet services to Nigeria.

    This was disclosed by Mr Ryan Goodnight, SpaceX’s Starlink Market Access Director for Africa in a meeting with NCC’s Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Danbatta on Friday in Abuja.

    What SpaceX is saying about Starlink in Nigeria

    “SpaceX has been in discussion with NCC virtually over the past several months to begin the process of pursuing all necessary licences to bring Starlink, its satellite-based broadband services, to Nigeria.

    Having made substantial progress in the discussion, the commission granted SpaceX’s request for a face-to-face discussion to gain better insights on the prospects,” they said.

    The NCC stated that it has listened to SpaceX’s presentation and will review it vis-à-vis its regulatory direction of ensuring an effective and sustainable telecoms ecosystem where a licensee’s operational model does not dampen healthy competition among other licensees.

    “As the regulator of a highly dynamic sector in Nigeria, the commission is conscious of the need to ensure that our regulatory actions are anchored on national interest,” they said.

    NCC added that broadband penetration of 70% which covers 90% of the population is the FG’s target in its National Broadband Plan (NNBP), 2020-2025. This is also in line with its National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2010-2030.

    What you should know

    Starlink is an internet service launched by SpaceX to improve internet coverage in rural and underserved areas globally. Starlink satellites are over 60 times closer to Earth than traditional satellites, resulting in lower latency and the ability to support services typically not possible with traditional satellite internet.

    Nairametrics also reported this month that the  Federal Government announced a deal with Microsoft through the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy for the development of high-speed internet infrastructure across the six regions in the country.

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    What FGN Free Meter Program means for the power sector

    Without effective penalties for erring DisCos and consumers, progress may still remain very slow.

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    Electricity, Buhari moves against Discos and agents that collect money for prepaid meters

    According to news reports, the Minister of Power, Mamman Saleh on Wednesday said the distribution of the four million free electricity prepaid meters pledged by the Central Bank of Nigeria would soon begin across the country.

    According to him, the government is wrapping up the distribution of its initial one million meters, which he labelled phase zero, and would soon begin the distribution of the four million sponsored by CBN, which he tagged phase two. He also noted that the Federal Executive Council approved N3bn for the execution of six major electricity projects in the country to upgrade Nigeria’s electricity facilities and improve power supply across the country.

    Ineffective metering remains a major drawback to the success of power sector reforms in Nigeria. While some consumers avoid paying for power consumed through meter bypass, some other consumers are made to pay for what they have not consumed through estimated billing by DisCos.

    DisCos have been largely unsuccessful with metering their customers.

    As far as inadequate metering is concerned, DisCos over time, have used this situation to their advantage via estimated billings. It appears that fully metering customers are currently being viewed as a disincentive, given that estimated bills can easily be manipulated.

    According to a report by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), only 4,234,759 (40.27%) of the total customer population of 10,516,090 were metered as of 30 June 2020. Clearly, this validates the widely held view that there are a wide number of customers on estimated billing which gives room for illegal connection to the networks and in turn corrupt practices. NERC further revealed that only three out of 11 Electricity Distribution Companies in the country had metered more than 50% of electricity customers under their coverage areas as of June 2020.

    Effective metering in our view is one step ahead in solving the myriad of problems embattling the Nigerian power sector. Though supposed to be unpaid for, many customers in a bid to avoid the bureaucracy associated with getting meters have paid to get their own meters. We believe the provision of meters to all end-use customers will go a long way in ameliorating the liquidity squeeze in the power sector whilst also providing cashflow to the DisCos for investment in equipment needed to evacuate unused electricity to consumers nationwide.

    We laud the FG’s efforts at distributing meters freely to end-users, but we note that without effective penalties for erring DisCos and consumers, progress may still remain very slow.

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    CSL Stockbrokers Limited, Lagos (CSLS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of FCMB Group Plc and is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria. CSLS is a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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