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NPF Microfinance Bank to embark on public offering on NSE

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Offer of NPF Microfinance Bank Plc (@npfmfb), Akinwunmi Lawal, has announced its intention to raise funds from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) through a public offer.

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The Managing Director of NPF Microfinance Bank Plc, Akinwunmi Lawal, has announced the intention of the bank to raise funds from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) through a public offer.

The company is betting on its impressive dividend payout record to lure investors to subscribe to its shares, thereby, increasing its working capital. The bank will commence a three-year strategy from 2019 to 2021. Other reasons for selling its shares include incorporation of information technology to meet customers needs and branch improvement, among others.

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The plan and purpose of the fundraising were disclosed at the 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank held in Akwa Ibom, for the financial year ended December 31, 2018.

The bank is targeting its existing shareholders as well as prospective shareholders with the fundraising. According to a report, the success of the public offer is tied to the successful payout of dividend for the last 20 years.

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The fundraising would, however, not proceed until NPF Microfinance Bank secures regulatory approval. This public offering is coming just as the lender concluded a three-year strategic plan that spawned from 2016 to 2018. Its new plan is set to reposition the bank in the provision of microfinance services.

While speaking about the performance of the bank, Lawal highlighted the growth difference in the company’s assets and loans.

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“The deposit liability moved from N9.126 billion to N10.465 billion showing a growth of 14.67% which indicated the continued growth of our customer’s trust and confidence in our mission. Our borrowing from various intervention funds increased by 34.08% to N2.078 billion from N1.550 billion and this is accountable for the increase in interest expenses by 34.7%.”

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What you need to know: In maintaining NPF Microfinance Bank’s dividend payment culture, Lawal said the payment of N114.3 million was recommended as dividends. This means it will be offered at a rate of 5 kobo per share. He added that various reserves would receive payment of N81.4 million for future developmental projects.

Note: NPF Microfinance Bank’s total asset increased by 10.31% from N15.952 billion recorded in the previous year to N17.597 billion in 2018.

The loans and advances hit N10.593 billion in 2018 from N9.008 billion in 2017. This represented a 17.59% growth.

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Lagos state moves against fake news and inciting messages merchants

The government has warned fake news and inciting message merchants to stop their evil enterprise or face legal consequences.

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The Lagos State Government has warned against fake news and inciting messages as they react to videos in social media and online space, creating tension and encouraging ethnic conflicts.

This was contained in a statement that was issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

In the statement, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged Lagosians to disregard the videos, which are the tools of anarchists, whose plan is to create hatred and divisiveness for which Lagos is not known for.

The statement partly reads, ‘’Inciting videos of this nature are not what our land needs now, following the loss of lives and destruction that fake news, misinformation and unfounded rumours have triggered in our dear state in the last couple of days.

‘’The government appeals to Lagosians to disregard the calls of ethnic and religious jingoists as well as agents of destruction who are on a mission to destroy our state by pitching us against one another for yet to be ascertained reasons. This is a very critical moment for us as a people. It is, therefore important that we stand together and remain circumspect because the brewery of falsehood is unrelenting in its mission.’

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The commissioner said Lagos State is the melting point of various cultures, tribes and religions across Nigeria and noted we have co-existed harmoniously for ages and will continue to live together peacefully.

He pointed out that the sad incident of the past few days affected everyone who lives, trades or works in Lagos, regardless of their tribe, culture, race and religion. He said this is a time for us to empathize with one another and not listen to purveyors of evil messages, especially on social media.

Omotosho said the government will continue to protect lives and property and warned fake news and inciting message merchants to stop their evil enterprise or face the legal consequences of their destructive actions.

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TCN MD, Sule Abdulaziz appointed Chairman of West Africa Power Pool

The acting Managing Director of TCN, Sule Abdulaziz, has been appointed the new Chairman of WAPP.

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The acting Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sule Abdulaziz, has been appointed the new Chairman of the Executive Board of West African Power Pool (WAPP). Abdulaziz was nominated by the former Managing Director of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Joe Makoju, who is an honorary member of WAPP.

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This disclosure was made by TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, through a public statement in Abuja on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

In her statement, Mbah revealed that the West African Power Pool was created by Decision A/DEC.5/12/99 of the 22nd Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, and adopted during the 29th Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held in Niamey, Niger.

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The appointment was made during the 46th meeting of the WAPP Executive Board which was chaired by the Secretary-General of ECOWAS, Ki Sengui, and held through video conference on October 21.

The statement from Mba partly reads, “While making the nomination, Makoju noted that Abdulaziz is an expert in engineering with vast experience in the electricity sector and therefore will perform creditably as the new WAPP Executive Board Chairman.

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“His proposal was endorsed by MDs and Director Generals and other members of the board,” she said.

According to the statement, Abdulaziz in his acceptance speech thanked the board members and the honourary members for his nomination as the Chairman of the board and assured them of his total commitment to the overall objective of the regional electricity body.

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He also expressed the need to move the pool to the next level of operational efficiency and solicited the support of member utilities, especially members of the executive board in this regard.

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He urged members to ensure prompt payment of their contributions to the pool and also continue to collaborate actively with the secretariat to ensure effective and efficient coordination and implementation of all WAPP programmes.

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ENDSARS

President Buhari to address Nigerians on Lekki toll plaza shootings after investigation 

Minister of Sports says President Buhari will address Nigerians on the Lekki Toll Plaza shootings at the completion of investigations.

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President Buhari will address Nigerians on the Lekki toll Plaza shootings, as he awaits the outcome of the investigations into the shootings of unarmed #EndSARS protesters by soldiers.  

This disclosure was made by Mr. Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, during an interview with Arise TV on the unrest and uncertainties gripping Nigeria following the protests over police brutality. 

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The Minister emphasized that the President during the National Security Meeting yesterday has ordered an investigation into the Lekki Toll Plaza shooting, and thereafter he would speak on the incident. 

READ: #EndSARS Protests: Osinbajo commiserates with victims of Lekki shootings

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What they are saying 

When asked by Charles Aniagolu of Arise TV why the President hasn’t made an official statement on the unfortunate event at the Toll Plaza, Mr. Dare explained in his response that President Buhari hasn’t made a statement on the tragedy because he wants to have all the facts, which will absolutely be made public.  

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“It is important to get all the facts right before we go forward. In this case, it’s going to be difficult to hide these facts because we live in a multimedia world and we have pieces of evidence and corroboration and I think it is important to get the facts right.

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“I think that’s the part the President has towed and I am sure that when the facts are made available, this President – because he has integrity – will level with the Nigerian people about what happened on Tuesday in Lekki.” 

Mr. Sunday Dare said the present administration’s commitment to protecting the rights of all citizens is unshaken. He reiterated that in line with this core mandate, a presidential pronouncement was made by the Presidency to permanently dissolve the notorious SARS group. 

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He disclosed that the level of responsiveness and concrete steps that the President has taken to stem down civil unrest in the country is commendable, as the #5 of 5 demands are fully accepted by the President. 

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