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GTBank, Access Bank, Zenith, FBN, 16 others disburse CBN’s N610.4 billion to farmers  

GTBank Plc, Access Bank, Zenith Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria, Citibank Plc and 15 others have disbursed N610.4 billion for 593 projects.

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GTBank Plc, Access Bank, Zenith Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria, Citibank Plc and 15 others have disbursed N610.4 billion for 593 projects in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS), CBN’s third quarter (Q3) 2019 economic report revealed.

According to the report, while Zenith Bank disbursed N123.91 billion, UBA Plc released N83.53 billion, followed by Sterling Bank Plc, which gave N72.43 billion. FBN (N52.99billion), GTBank (N39.85 billion), Keystone (N30.05 billion), Unity Bank (N29.80 billion), Union Bank Plc (N28.96 billion) and Fidelity Bank (N23.67 billion), among others.

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Mr Segun Agbaje, CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc

The fund is made available to participating banks to finance commercial agricultural enterprises at a maximum interest rate of 9%.

In addition, each State Government could borrow up to N1.0 Billion for on-lending to farmers’ cooperative societies and other areas of agricultural development provided such initiatives/interventions are in line with the objectives of CACS.

Highlights of the scheme 

  • It has empowered over 1 million people across rural communities as over N600 billion for 593 projects has been disbursed since inception in 2009
  • At end-September 2019, the total amount repaid since inception stood at N368.0 billion at end-June 2019
  • In the third quarter of 2019, agricultural activities intensified, due, largely, to increased rainfall experienced in most parts of the country.
  • Farming activities were centred majorly on the harvest of agricultural produce during the quarter.
  • In a bid to curb the farmers/herders clash and ensure a well-integrated meat/dairy industry, a pilot phase of the Livestock Transformation Plan was flagged off in Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states.
  • The Plan was targeted at supporting the development of the country’s livestock sub-sector.
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The report also disclosed that a total of N1.214billion loan was guaranteed to 9,752 farmers under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS) by the end of Q3 2019. This represented an increase of 41.7% above the level in the preceding quarter but was 14.6% below the level in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

Highlights:  

  • Sub-sectorial analysis showed that food crops received the largest share of N595.5 million (49%) guaranteed to 5,436 beneficiaries
  • Mixed crops got N221.8 million (18.3%) guaranteed to 2,472 beneficiaries
  • Livestock had N174.5 million (14.4%) guaranteed to 690 beneficiaries
  • Cash crops, fisheries and ‘Others’ got N106.5 million (8.8%), N84.4 million (6.9%) and N31.5 million (2.6%), guaranteed to 629, 321 and 204 beneficiaries, respectively.
  • Analysis by state showed that 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory benefited from the Scheme in the review quarter, with the highest and lowest sums of N142.9 million (11.8%) and N2.6 million (0.2%) guaranteed to Adamawa and Jigawa states, respectively.

Abiola has spent about 14 years in journalism. His career has covered some top local print media like TELL Magazine, Broad Street Journal, The Point Newspaper.The Bloomberg MEI alumni has interviewed some of the most influential figures of the IMF, G-20 Summit, Pre-G20 Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers, Critical Communication World Conference.The multiple award winner is variously trained in business and markets journalism at Lagos Business School, and Pan-Atlantic University. You may contact him via email - [email protected]

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NIFIAN elects JAIZ Bank MD, Hassan Usman as first President

…Inaugurates pioneer EXCO members.

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The Non-Interest Financial Institutions Association of Nigeria (NIFIAN), yesterday in Abuja elected the Managing Director of Jaiz Bank Plc. Hassan Usman as its pioneer President.

Usman was inaugurated alongside other six EXCO members to steer the affairs of the umbrella body of all corporate organisations offering non-interest financial and related services in the country for a first term of 2 years.

Those elected includes Hajara Adeola, Managing Director/CEO, Lotus Capital Limited as Vice-President; Norfadelizan Abdulrahman, Managing Director/CEO of TAJBank Limited as Treasurer; and Fatai Ola Bakare, an astute in-house legal counsel and Islamic Finance expert of SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited as the Secretary-General.

Other EXCO members inaugurated yesterday include Thaibat Adeniran, Managing Director/CEO, Cornerstone Takaful Nigeria Limited; Aminu Tukur, Managing Director/CEO, Noor Takaful Limited and Dr. Basheer Oshodi, CEO, TrustBank Arthur Limited.

In his opening address, Babayo Saidu, Chairman of NIFIAN’s Board of Trustees said the Association was registered on 28th August 2020, and duly incorporated at the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

Parts of the objectives of NIFIAN is to promote common interest of member-organisations towards developing the non-interest financial services industry in Nigeria, creating an enabling regulatory environment through advocacy as well as deepening financial inclusion through market engagements and financial literacy. In addition, the Association aims to improve market resilience by fostering collaboration across the industry, promoting policies and programmes on Financial Inclusion, and sensitization of the populace for the economic development of the country through non-interest financial services offering.

The Executive Council is expected to steer the affairs of the Association towards the realisation of its objectives for the advancement of financial inclusion through non-interest finance in Nigeria.

In his inaugural address, Hassan Usman said the journey started more than a decade ago with Nigeria Islamic Finance Working Group, a multi-institutional platform under the auspice of EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access.)

Usman said: “As today marks a new chapter in our pursuit, I would like to reiterate the fact that we are not there yet. This course is a journey and not a destination. While the overarching objective remains constant, the detailed operational and strategic initiatives of the Association shall continue to evolve to meet the requirements of the day.

“To this end, I pledge that over the course of my tenure, I will work with my colleagues in the Council to push some prominent initiative including promotion of sound Islamic banking and financial system and practise in Nigeria; growth and development of requisite market infrastructures such as an efficient non-interest inter-bank system.

“Pursuit of harmony in Shariah pronouncements (fatwas); represent the interest of members locally and internationally; provide advice and assistance to members pertinent to the development of their institution and deepen public awareness. I look forward to working with members to make Nigeria the Islamic Finance Hub of Africa.”

In addition, the President singled-out EFInA for the role played as the founder of what becomes NIFIAN today through its concerted support for the propagation of financial inclusion initiates through the non-interest finance industry. With the inauguration of persons of track records into the Executive Council of the Association, NIFIAN is therefore set to take on the charge towards developing the Nigerian financial markets.

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Unilever to spin off Tea business such as Lipton, Brooke Bond in major restructuring

Unilever wants to split its Tea business as a separate entity.

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Unilever Overseas increases stake in Unilever Nigeria Plc

Leading personal care and consumer goods company, Unilever announced plans to spin off its tea business into a separate legal entity.

The company announced this via a press release published on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The announcement is coming at least 6 months after its parent company, Unilever Global announced plans of a spin-off of its Tea business.

According to a press release seen by Nairametrics, by the company’s management through Abidemi Ademola, the Company Secretary, the strategic review which includes leading brands such as Lipton, Brooke Bond and PG Tip will go through the normal approval process, adding that the process is expected to be concluded by the end of 2021.

The planned separation will take full effect on all the balance of Unilever’s tea brands and geographies and all tea estates outside India and Indonesia, as the company will be retaining the tea businesses in India and Indonesia.

What they are saying

Prior to the recent disclosure, Unilever made the planned separation of the company’s tea business known on the 5th of August 2020.

The Global Chief Executive Officer of the leading consumer goods brand, Alan Jope, explained that it is – “important to strengthen the strategic future of the company by announcing proposals to unify its dual-headed legal structure.”

He noted that the strategic review of the company’s global tea business would help the company to make new commitments that are expected to drive efforts to help protect the climate and regenerate nature.

What you should know

  • The tea and savoury segment (food products) of Unilever Nigeria Plc made a total of N34.71 billion in 2020.
  • This, however, is higher than the revenue of N31.91 billion the company made in 2019 through the sales of tea and savoury.
  • In total, the tea business which will be separated, generated revenues of €2 billion globally in 2019 for the company.

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