Innoson Vehicles recently announced via Twitter that the Government of Sierra Leone has purchased some fleet of cars from its company.
Some Government officials from Sierra Leone visited the Innoson factory in Nnewi on May 4th, 2019.
Government of Sierra Leone Patronises Innoson Vehicles
Last weekend, Saturday, May 4th, 2019, a delegation from the Government of Sierra Leone paid an official visit to Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd Nnewi. pic.twitter.com/q9bAbcTXHe
— Innoson Vehicles (@innosonvehicles) May 7, 2019
Sierra Leone Defence Ministry to use Innoson vehicles for its defence purposes: The visit was led by Hon Soloku, the Defence Minister and some other members of the West African country’s police force.
Expressing interest in Innoson‘s fleets, the delegates communicated Sierra Leone’s plan to incorporate the Nigerian-assembled vehicles in the country’s military.
Innoson might open an outlet in Sierra Leone: During the visit, Hon. Soloku requested that Innoson Vehicles should establish a company in Sierra Leone, noting that Africa has come of age and should begin to take care of itself without depending on foreign aid.
Furthermore, the General Manager of Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) who was also at the meeting, requested for a partnership with Innoson Vehicles which would enable SLRTC to render better services to the people of Sierra Leone.
Furthermore on the visit was Mr. Isaac Ken-Green, General Manager of Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) who requested that Innoson Vehicles should partner with the SLRTC in other for it to render its services more to the country. The SLRTC equally came into
— Innoson Vehicles (@innosonvehicles) May 7, 2019
However, the company still has a local competitor: Recall that Nairametrics recently reported that Innoson Vehicles might not be the only indigenous car manufactures in Nigeria as they have another competitor known as National Truck Manufacturers Ltd, otherwise popularly known as Kano Cars.
National Truck Manufacturers Limited is a vehicle assembling company that came into production in 1970. The company is located in Kano and boomed during the 1970s.
Airtel Nigeria announces appointment of Surendran as new Chief Executive Officer
Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of Mr C. Surendran as the new MD/CEO with effect from August 1, 2021.
Telecommunications giant, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of Mr C. Surendran as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with effect from August 1, 2021.
Surendran would be replacing the outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive of Airtel Nigeria, Olusegun Ogunsanya, who has been elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa Plc with effect from October 1, 2021.
According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by Airtel on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Lagos.
The statement says that Surendran would also be appointed to the Executive Committee (ExCo) as Regional Operating Director, reporting to the CEO of Airtel Africa plc, and onto the Board of Airtel Networks (Nigeria) Limited.
Airtel in its statement said, “Surendran has been with Bharti Airtel since 2003 and has contributed immensely in various roles across customer experience, sales and business operations.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka, which is the largest circle in Airtel India, with over one billion dollars in revenue.
Surendran delivered an exceptional performance with significant movement in Revenue Market Share (RMS) over the last few years, currently at 54 percent. He has over 30 years of business experience, including 15 years at Xerox.’’
Airtel said that Surendran would transition into his new role from June 1, 2021, and spend the time onboarding into the business until July 31, 2021.
In case you missed it
It can be recalled that a few days ago, Airtel Africa Plc, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services in Nigeria and 13 other countries, announced the appointment of Mr Olusegun Ogunsanya as the new Chief Executive Officer, following the notice of retirement given by the current Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Raghunath Mandava, to the Board.
In the notification sent by Airtel Africa to the Nigerian Exchange, Ogunsanya is expected to join the board of Airtel Africa with effect from October 1, 2021.
Our First Bank loan is being serviced, reduced by 30% in 2 years – Honeywell Group
The credit facilities accessed from First Bank were granted after due negotiations, with the necessary documentation and in line with regulatory policies and industry standards.
The Honeywell Group has said that its loan with First Bank is being serviced as the conglomerate had reduced the facility by 30% in the last two and half years.
This was disclosed by the Group via a statement issued on Sunday and seen by Nairametrics.
According to the statement, the company and the bank have had a professional business relationship since 1975, which preceded the group’s investment in the bank over a decade later.
According to the Honeywell Group, the credit facilities accessed from First Bank were granted after due negotiations, with the necessary documentation and in line with regulatory policies and industry standards.
The Group further explained that following agreed terms, its facilities are adequately secured with First Bank with collaterals in place at over 170% of forced sales value and 230% at open market value.
It stated, “In 2015, First Bank under the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria, drew our attention to a 2004 circular (BSD/9/2004) which requires that insider related facilities must not exceed 10% of paid-up share capital.
Based on this directive we subsequently entered negotiations with the bank to agree on an appropriate repayment structure and the final negotiated position was duly approved by the CBN.
In addition to the above, First Bank, on the directive of CBN, requested additional security in the form of FBN Holdings Plc shares held by the Chairman of Honeywell Group, Dr Oba Otudeko citing a 2001 circular. This was duly provided through an authorisation to place a lien on the shares.”
Honeywell Group has continued to meet all its obligations on its facilities with the bank according to agreed terms and has reduced its exposure by nearly 30% in 2.5 years. The facilities were charged at market rate and the bank continues to earn significant interest therefrom.”
What you should know
- Nairametrics had reported when the Central Bank of Nigeria directed Honeywell to fully repay its obligations to First Bank within 48 hours, warning that failure to do so would cause the CBN to take regulatory measures against the insider borrower and the bank.
- The Chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, also served as Chairman of FBN Holdings Plc until he was asked by the apex bank to go along with other directors on Thursday.
- The apex bank had noted in a letter last Wednesday that First Bank had yet to comply with regulatory directives on divesting its interest in Honeywell despite several reminders.
- Also, the CBN asked First Bank to forward evidence involving the divestment of interest in Honeywell Flour Mills and Bharti Airtel Nigeria Ltd within 90 days.
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