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Adeleke confirmed as NCC Executive Commissioner by the senate

Barr. Adeleke Adewolu has been appointed as an Executive Commissioner on the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

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Adeleke Adewolu

Barr. Adeleke Adewolu has had his nomination as an Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) confirmed by the Senate yesterday.

This occurred after the consideration and adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Communications led by Senator Oluremi Tinubu at a plenary session.

Opposing Voices: However,  the decision to appoint Adewolu as NCC Executive Commissioner didn’t go down well with some members of the Senate. Some South-East Senators objected to the confirmation while pointing out lack of representation on the board of NFC.

Citing Section 14(4) of the Constitution, a senator representing Imo East, Senator Francis Onyewuchi demanded that the report of the Senate Committee on Communications be stalled until someone from the Southeast is put in that position.

[READ MORE: Improve service quality or risk sanction – NCC warns Telcos]

Two Senators, Senators Uche Ekwunife and Rochas Okorocha also observed that are no Southeast representatives on the Board of the NCC.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, however refused to stop the confirmation of Adeleke. Instead, he directed the Senate Committee on Communications to investigate the matter of marginalization of the Southeast in appointments on the board of the NCC.

Ahmad Lawan

Reason explained: Explaining the reason for the non-representation of the southeast on the board of the commission, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who currently serves as Minority Leader of the Senate, said vacancies were actually reserved for the Southeast zone, unfortunately, it had not been filled.

Elaborating his point, he disclosed that the Southeastern representative on the Board of the NCC relinquished his position to contest elections in another party. That act was blamed as the reason why there are no Southeast representatives on the governing board of the NCC.

[READ MORE: NCC moves to track cybercriminals]

The nomination of Adeleke still received the Senate’s approval after it was put to a voice vote by the President of the Senate.

Reincarnated as a lover of stocks, Angel investors, seed funds, and anything aligned to tech or startups raising money, Joseph's work at Nairametrics involves following the money to wherever it leads. Before joining Nairametrics, he won an investigative journalism fellowship with ICIR, appeared in several national dallies, with hard-hitting opinions, features and investigative pieces. He has also engaged in content marketing and copywriting for a top e-commerce firm in Nigeria.

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ValuAlliance Asset Management appoints two new Directors

ValuAlliance Asset Management has announced the appointment of two persons into its Board as Directors.

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ValuAlliance Asset Management, the fund manager of the ValuAlliance Value Fund, has announced the appointment of Messrs Obinnia Abajue and Kofi Kwakwa into its Board as Directors.

This is according to a disclosure sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange and seen by Nairametrics. In line with statutory requirements, the appointments are subject to confirmation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and approval by the shareholders at the company’s next Annual General Meeting (AGM).

According to the notice, Mr Obinnia Abajue was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director while Mr Kofi Kwakwa was appointed as Non-Executive Director. The profile of the aforementioned experts is succinctly captured below;

READ: FBN Holdings appoints ex-CEO of Guinness Nigeria and 2 others as Board Directors

Mr Obinnia Abajue

Mr. Abajue has over two decades of experience in banking and financial services. He is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hygeia HMO Limited, a position he has held since November 2016. He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos and Imperial College London, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science and an MBA respectively. Mr Abajue is a fellow of numerous professional bodies like; The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK; The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria.

Kofi Kwakwa

Mr. Kwakwa is a Ghanaian and a former CEO of Sagevest Holdings, an investment holding company in Ghana. He has over 25 years of experience in investment banking and consulting, having worked in top firms like Standard Bank, McKinsey & Company among others. He is currently a director at African Capital Alliance Limited (ACA), having joined the Board since 2015. Mr. Kwakwa is an alumnus of Swarthmore College and Harvard Business School, both in the USA, where he obtained a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics and an MBA respectively.

READ: Dangote Sugar yearly revenue surge by 33%, announces a dividend of N1.50

What they are saying

Commenting on the recent development, a part of the press release reads: ‘’The Board of Directors congratulates Mr. Abajue and Mr. Kwakwa on their appointment and is looking forward to tapping into their vast wealth of experience to further accelerate the achievement of its vision, to be the premier investment management fiduciary in the segments we serve.’’

What you should know

  • ValuAlliance had earlier posted a Profit After Tax of N237.96 million in its last reported financial statements-Q3, 2020. The PAT figures indicated a surge by over 1,000% YoY.
  • ValuAlliance Value Fund formerly known as “SIM Capital Alliance Value Fund”, is a closed-end collective investment scheme, registered and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, whose units are listed on the main board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (“NSE”).

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Greenwich Merchant Bank appoints Bayo Rotimi as MD/CEO

Bayo Rotimi has been appointed the new MD/CEO of Greenwich Merchant Bank.

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Greenwich Merchant Bank has announced the appointment of Mr Bayo Rotimi as its new Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer.

This is according to a notification made available on the bank’s social media handle, seen by Nairametrics.

As part of his responsibilities, Mr Rotimi is expected to provide leadership and direction to the management team and take charge in optimizing the company’s overall strategic objectives and operational performance, in a bid to deliver optimal value for stakeholders, without compromising quality and standards.

About Bayo Rotimi

Mr Rotimi is an experienced investment banking professional with over 27 years’ experience. He worked for various financial institutions such as Lead Merchant Bank and FCMB Capital Markets, where he rose through the echelons to become the CEO of the latter in 2008. Prior to his recent appointment, he was the chairman of the investment committee of ARM’s Discovery, Aggressive, Growth, Ethical, Money Markets, Fixed income and Eurobond funds with over N110 billion under management.

What they are saying

Commenting on the recent development, Chairman of Greenwich Merchant Bank, Kayode Falowo said: “Bayo’s track record and pedigree speaks for itself and offers a reassuring nexus between the corporate ideals that Greenwich is reputed for and proactive dynamism required to stay on the cutting-edge of innovation, product development and stakeholder satisfaction.”

What you should know

  • Recall that Greenwich Trust Limited was officially renamed Greenwich Merchant Bank in September 2020, after obtaining regulatory approval from CBN to operate as a Merchant Bank.
  • Greenwich Merchant Bank Limited was incorporated on the 25th of February, 1992 and subsequently commenced operations in June 1994.

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