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MRS Oil Nigeria Plc re-elects Gbodume, Nwokafor as Directors

Mrs Oil Nigeria Plc has resolved to re-elect Chief Dr Amobi Daniel Nwokafor and Andrew Oghenevo Gbodume as its Directors.



Mrs Oil Nigeria Plc re-elect directors, elect new directors

The Board and shareholders of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc have resolved at the recently-held Annual General Meeting (AGM), to re-elect Chief Dr Amobi Daniel Nwokafor, and Andrew Oghenevo Gbodume as Directors.

Also, the oil and gas company elected Priscilla Thorpe-Monclus, Priscilla Ogwemoh, and Christopher Okorie as new Directors.

Awokafor’s profile: Amobi Daniel Nwokafor has been serving as a Non-Executive Director of the Company since April 27, 2017.

Nwokafor (FCA) is a seasoned professional accountant with over 31 years of work experience in the accounting profession.

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He holds a from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and a Masters in Banking & Finance from the Delta State University, Abraka.

Mrs Oil Nigeria Plc re-elects Gbodume, Nwokafor as Directors

Re-elected Chief Dr. Amobi Daniel Nwokafor

He is the managing partner of Amobi Nwokafor & Co and a member of the Institute of Directors; a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN); a fellow of Chartered of Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb).

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Nwokafor has several years of work experience in private practice and has worked in a number of insurance firms. He rose to the position of Assistant General Manager and Head of Finance and Accounts in International standard insurers Limited before resigning to manage his auditing firm in 1998.

Nwokafor’s Appointment was effective from April 27, 2017.

Gbodume’s profile: Andrew Oghenevo Gbodume has been serving as the Managing Director (Ag.) and Executive Director of the Company since January 1, 2016. He was the Executive Director (Finance & Administration) of the Company between May 12, 2011, and January 1, 2016.

Gbodume holds a Masters degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and an Association Member, Nigerian Institute of Management as well as Nigeria Institute of Taxation.

He is a financial and economic consultant with many years of experience.

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Prior to joining MRS Oil, he had worked in various sectors namely finance, audit, insurance, and banking. He also had a stint with African International Bank (AIB) where he rose to the position of an Assistant General Manager, Financial Control and Management – a position he held for over 5 years.

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Gbodume joined MRS Oil and Gas Co. Ltd as Assistant General Manager, Finance and Corporate Planning in 2007. A year after, the position was re-designated as Deputy General Manager. Also in 2008, he was elevated to the position of Director, Special Duties. As a result of his excellent performance, he was appointed Ag. Managing Director MRS Investment Co. Ltd in July 2010, before his assignment to MRS Oil Nigeria Plc. He was appointed Executive Director of Finance & Administration on May 12, 2011.

He is also a member of the Institute of Directors; a member of the Board Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee; a member of the Risk, Strategic and Finance Planning Committee, and a member of the Human Resources Committee of the Company.

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Gbodume has been serving as Independent Director in Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. since June 2007. He is also working for Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation.

Monclus’ profile: Priscilla Thorpe-Monclus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Business from the University of Coventry, United Kingdom.

She has over 17 years working experience in the Oil and Gas sector and has held high-level positions in reputable organizations. At MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, he has held positions such as Executive Director, Operations at Energy Solutions Integrated Services, Senior Manager, Business Development at Oando Plc, Head of Marketing/ Customer Service Unit, Retail Manager, South West and Sales and Marketing Manager.

Ogwemoh’s profile: Priscilla Ogwemoh, who is currently the Managing Partner of the law firm, Kevin Martin Ogwemoh Legal, is a graduate of Law with a Master’s Degree in the same field.

She is a fellow of Nigeria Institute of Chartered Arbitrators of Nigeria, a CEDR-UK Accredited Mediator; a Member of the Panel of Neutrals, Lagos Multi-Door Court House (LMDC); a Member of the Panel of Neutral Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA); a Council Member, Nigerian Bar Association-Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL); the Chairperson of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria) Maritime Committee and until very recently, the Managing Partner of Olisa Agbakoba Legal.

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With over 26 years of experience in Legal Practice, Ogwemoh served on the Boards of a few Companies where she carried out multilevel tasks in branding, marketing, management, and professional services.


Okorie’s profile: Christopher Okorie is currently the Group Executive Director of MRS
Holdings Limited. Prior to joining MRS Holdings Limited, he was the Strategy
Manager/AAA Project Leader and Head of Office at Total Nigeria Plc. where he worked for
over 16 years in different capacities.

He holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and has over 30
years of experience in the Oil and Gas downstream sector. He was appointed on the Board of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc on March 28, 2019.

Famuyiwa Damilare is a trained journalist. He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication at the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).Damilare is an innovative and transformational leader with broad-based expertise in journalism and media practice at large. He has explored his proven ability in the areas of reporting, curating and generating contents, creatively establishing social media engagements, and mobile editing of videos. It is safe to say he’s a multimedia journalist.

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COVID-19: Moderna set to launch a new vaccine for virus strain found in South Africa

Moderna said it is accelerating work on a covid booster shot to guard against the recently discovered variant in South Africa.



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American biotechnology firm, Moderna Inc. on Monday announced that it is launching a trial of a new Covid-19 vaccine as it warned that its current shot was less effective in tackling the strain that emerged in South Africa.

Moderna said it is accelerating work on a covid booster shot to guard against the recently discovered variant in South Africa.

According to the company, Laboratory tests show Moderna’s Covid-19 jab still works against the variant named 501Y.V2, which emerged in South Africa, and B.1.1.7, which was first discovered in the UK.

It however warned that the neutralising antibody response to 501Y.V2 was sixfold lower compared to the original variant, raising concerns that immunity to it may wane significantly, particularly in older people.

“Out of an abundance of caution and leveraging the flexibility of our mRNA platform, we are advancing an emerging variant booster candidate against the variant first identified in the Republic of South Africa into the clinic to determine if it will be more effective to boost titers against this and potentially future variants,” Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said.


What you should know

  • On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House health advisor said that new data had shown that the Covid-19 vaccines currently on the market may not be as effective against new and more contagious strains of the coronavirus.
  • Also, a team of researchers working with South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases stated that the 501Y.V2 shows substantial or complete escape from neutralising antibodies in COVID-19 convalescent plasma.
  • According to reports by South African researchers, the 501Y.V2 variant is 50% more infectious than previous ones. It has already spread to at least 20 countries since being reported by the World Health Organisation in late December.
  • Meanwhile, the total confirmed cases of the virus is currently at 99.85 million with over 2 million deaths worldwide.

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FITC wins BIZZ, IBX Global Awards for Business Excellence, Strategic Leadership

FITC was announced the winner of the two global awards in an elaborate virtual ceremony held in Doha, Qatar and Houston Texas respectively.



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FITC, the world-class, innovation-led, technology-driven, knowledge and professional services institute has emerged winner of the 2020 Business Excellence Award (The BIZZ Awards) and the Strategy, Change, and Transformation Award (The IBX Awards).

FITC, which provides cutting edge Learning, Advisory and Research Services to organizations within the Financial Services and other sectors, was announced winner of the two global awards in an elaborate virtual ceremony held in Doha, Qatar and Houston Texas respectively.

The Nigeria’s premier knowledge institute, FITC, won the Gold category in The BIZZ awards and Silver category in Strategy, Change and Transformation in the International Business Excellence, IBX Awards in recognition of its phenomenal initiatives that have led to innovative and exceptional transformation within the organization.

Also presented with an award was the Managing Director and CEO, FITC, Chizor Malize, who won the IBX 2020 Award for “Inspirational Leader”. The award was in recognition of the innovative, dynamic and game changing work at FITC in 2020 at the height of the global pandemic resulting in the extraordinary organization wide transformation at FITC and positive impact on the Nigerian financial services sector, FITC’s primary focus area.

Other IBX 2020 Award winners include Microsoft and Virgin Mobile.


The International Business Excellence (IBX) Awards is part of a global business movement, giving organizations the chance to meet and compete with others from all over the world. Over the last twelve years, IBX Awards have been leading the way in recognising inspirational business practices, holding over 100 events and hosting more than 2000 companies.

Organized by Awards International, the IBX Awards recognises long-term sustainable profitability achieved through the practice of excellence, which occurs across a broad range of disciplines and defines the modern business agenda.

The BIZZ Awards gathers and recognizes leading businesses from different regions that contribute to the daily growth of their local economy and the world economy. THE BIZZ was created by World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB), to offer to the global business community a range of benefits that further their development.

WORLDCOB was founded in 2004 in Houston, Texas, in the United States of America. Its primary mission is to promote business development worldwide, recognizing and boosting the growth of leading businesses and businesspeople in every country through the special tools and services that it offers its members. The organization has approximately 3,500 members representing over 130 countries.

Considered to be the most important business excellence award in the world, The BIZZ Awards is organized and given out to the most outstanding companies and businesspeople in each participating country. The award which targets small, medium and large enterprises was created to recognize businesses with practices worthy of recognition who end up being examples for other businesses to follow in their communities and internationally.

Speaking on the awards, Malize, said the organization would keep going beyond the ordinary in its effort to delivering innovative knowledge solutions to its clients in the Financial Services and other sectors.

“For 40 years, FITC has been an innovator, enabling people and organizations to excel and it was in line with our vision to build a world class innovation-led and technology-driven organization that we defined our six success pillars which are programmes, process, platforms, people, positioning and performance.

“We took deliberate and strategic steps by making significant changes across these key drivers of the positive transformation experienced today by our stakeholders, and which has also culminated to these awards and recognitions being given to our organization today. We are extremely delighted by these awards and we remain committed to helping our clients in the Financial Services and other sectors navigate and advance their careers, while building on our member firms’ successes through our clear vision, strong corporate values, and our culture of excellence,” Malize said.

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Established in 1981 as a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee to provide capacity building and serve as a knowledge hub for the Nigerian Financial Services Sector, FITC is owned by the Bankers Committee, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and all deposit money banks in Nigeria.

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Over the years, FITC has demonstrated delivery of best-in-class services using a large pool of multidisciplinary and versatile professionals, who provide business support to its numerous clients within the public and private sectors, most notably within the financial services sectors and public sector of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Ecobank Nigeria secures N50 billion 10-Year subordinated loan

Ecobank Nigeria has secured a N50 billion, 10-year bilateral subordinated loan.



Ecobank Nigeria

Ecobank Nigeria, a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘’ETI’’) has announced that it has secured a N50 billion, 10-year bilateral subordinated loan.

This is according to a disclosure signed by the Group Head, Adenike Laoye and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as seen by Nairametrics.

The bilateral funding will enable the bank to maintain stable liquidity and improve its balance sheet, especially the capital adequacy ratio by an estimated circa 300 basis points.

What they are saying

The disclosure from the bank read thus:

“Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (“ETI”), the parent of the Ecobank Group, announces that one of its significant subsidiaries, Ecobank Nigeria, secured N50 billion, 10-Year bilateral subordinated loan.


“The bilateral funding provides stable medium-term liquidity to the balance sheet of Ecobank Nigeria and positively improved its balance sheet ratios, especially the capital adequacy ratio by circa 300 basis points. The transaction proceeds would be deployed to support Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (“MSMEs”) and Small Corporates.”

What you should know

Ecobank Transnational Inc. had earlier recorded 11% rise in its interest income to N139.6 billion for Q3 2020, as captured by Nairametrics.

  • Subordinated loans have lower priority than other debt instruments in case of liquidation. They are only repayable after other debts have been paid.
  • This debt can either be secured or unsecured and it typically has a lower credit rating and higher yield than other senior debt.

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