Lekoil Oil and Gas Investments Limited has signed a $11.5 million facility with FBNQuest Merchant Bank. This was announced by the company in a statement sent to the London Stock Exchange.
Lekoil Oil and Gas Investments Limited’s parent company, LEKOIL Nigeria Limited, said it had agreed to guarantee the obligations of the latter in its pursuit of the facility.
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Purpose of the credit facility: According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Lekan Akinyanmi, the facility would provide Lekoil with increased flexibility at a cost of capital in line with its existing facilities.
“I am delighted that we have agreed to this additional facility with FBNQuest, a key local lender in Nigeria. This facility provides us with increased flexibility at a cost of capital in-line with our existing facilities. We appreciate FBNQuest’s support and appreciate our growing long-term relationship with them.”
More details on the facility: As stated in the statement, the facility has a maturity of four years and is repayable quarterly with a margin of LIBOR + 10%. The company also said it expected to draw down on the facility as needed, which had no pre-payment penalty.
“The facility will be used primarily to pay all outstanding quarterly repayments (including principal and interest) due to Shell Western Supply and Trading Limited and payment of the licence/lease extension fees on OPL 276 (as announced on August 23 2019) and OPL 310 ($7.5m due by October 31, 2019).”
About Lekoil: Lekoil is an Africa-focused oil exploration and production company with interests currently in Nigeria and offshore Namibia.
The company was founded in 2010 by a group of leading professionals with extensive experience in the international upstream oil and gas industry as well as in global fund management and investment banking.
About FBNQuest: FBNQuest operates to be the leading Merchant Bank and Asset Manager in sub-Saharan Africa. More so, its aims to be a trusted, inspirational partner founded on innovation, deep local roots, and global insights in the country’s banking system.
Located in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, the broad range of FBNQuest services ensures a bespoke solution for everyone.
House of Reps to make Youths globally competitive
House of Representatives is determined to make the Youths globally competitive.
“Facts don’t lie, a government that has devoted N500bn to youth empowerment every year. There’s Trader Moni, N-Power, and several others, they are all there,” he added.
Gbajabiamila added that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has done a lot about youth empowerment and is ready to do more.
COVID-19: Ogun orders full reopening of churches, mosques, hotels
Religious centres and other public places have been reopened following the success recorded in flattening the curve of COVID-19.
The Ogun State Government has ordered the full reopening of churches, mosques, businesses, hotels, and entertainment centres across the state.
This was disclosed by the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, via the state’s Twitter handle on Wednesday.
Abiodun stated that the religious centres and other public places had been reopened, following the success recorded in flattening the curve of COVID-19.
According to him, the government is aware that many people are just recovering from the economic hardship imposed by COVID-19, as their activities had been affected by the lockdown, while necessary measures had been put in place to combat the pandemic.
He stated, “In the process of rebuilding the economy, the State Government was irrevocably committed to the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” agenda, and would ensure everything possible for people to have increased prosperity that would place the State on a sound footing towards continued development.
“Government would improve on testing, just as it continues to monitor the development and not hesitate to do selective lockdown should there be any flagrant disobedience to the set COVID-19 protocols.”
COVID-19: Ogun orders full reopening of churches, mosque, hotels
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— Ogun State Government – OGSG (@OGSG_Official) October 28, 2020
What you should know
Governor Abiodun had closed religious centres, businesses and schools in March, as part of moves to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.
He later announced the reopening of only worship centres and schools in August.
Abiodun pegged the number of worshippers for each service at 200, and insisted that services must not exceed one and a half hours.
CBN reveals framework for the N75 billion Youth Investment Fund
The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund will be funded through the NIRSAL MFB window of the CBN.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed the implementation framework for the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund.
This was disclosed in a publication by the Development Finance Department under the auspices of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The CBN stated that the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (N-YIF) would be funded through NIRSAL MFB window, with an initial take-off seed capital of N12.5 billion.
The N-YIF aims to financially empower Nigerian youths to generate at least 500,000 jobs between 2020 and 2023.
Objectives of the scheme:
Improve access to finance for youths and youth-owned enterprises for national development.
Generate much-needed employment opportunities to curb youth restiveness.
Boost the managerial capacity of the youths, and develop their potentials to become the future large corporate organizations.
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The fund targets young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years.
Beneficiaries of NMFB, TCF and AgSMEIS loans, and other government loan schemes that remain unpaid are also not eligible to participate.
Individuals (unregistered businesses) shall be determined based on activity/nature of projects subject to the maximum of N250,000.
Registered businesses (Business name, Limited Liability, Cooperative, Commodity Association) shall be determined by activity/nature of projects subject to the maximum of N3.0 million (including working capital).
The tenor of the intervention is for a Maximum of 5 years, depending on the nature of the business and the assets acquired, of which interest rate of not more than 5% under the intervention shall be charged annually.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify potential training for training/mentoring.
The youths that are duly screened (and undergo the mandatory training where applicable) shall be advised to login to the portal provided by the NMFB to apply for the facility.