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Unity Bank Plc appoints new Company Secretary

Unity Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Mr Adejumobi Alaba Williams as its new Company Secretary.

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Unity Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Adejumobi Alaba Williams as its new Company Secretary. Williams is set to replace Mohammed Shehu, Unity Bank’s former secretary.

Williams’ appointment was disclosed in a statement signed by the bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tomi Somefun and issued to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

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The statement read: “Unity Bank Plc (The Bank) wishes to inform the Nigeria Stock Exchange (The Exchange), its esteemed stakeholders and the general public that the meeting of the Board of Directors of Unity Bank Plc held on the 19th day of December at Plot 42 Ahmed Onibudo Street Victoria Island Lagos, approved the appointment of Adejumobi Alaba Williams as the Company Secretary to replace Mohammed Shehu with effect from 1st January 2020.

[READ MORE: FirstBank announces appointment of Alhaji Ado Yakubu Wanka as Non-Executive Director)

Williams, according to the statement, as the Directorate Head, Company Secretary and Legal services, would now guide the board of Unity Bank Plc in ensuring strict compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements.

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He holds a bachelor of laws, LL.B (HONS) from Lagos State University LASU and was called to bar in 1990. He also has a Masters degree in Business administration (MBA) from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA).

Williams joined the bank in 2006 and has held several management positions ranging from Head of Legal Services, Debt recovery, Human resources and Group Head legal services.

Prior to joining Unity Bank, Williams worked as the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of Societe Bancaire Nigeria Limited (Merchant Bankers) and Legal officer at EIB International Bank.

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About Unity Bank: Unity Bank commenced operations in January 2006 following the merger of nine Banks with competences in investment, corporate and retail banking. With headquarters in Lagos, Unity Bank is one of Nigeria’s retail banks with over 200 business offices spread across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.

The bank offers wide-ranging financial services to individuals, businesses and the public sector of the nation’s economy.

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AfDB appoints new acting Vice President as Jennifer Blanke steps down

Wambui who joined the AfDB in 2018 currently supervises the Bank’s water sector program.

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has announced the appointment of Wambui Gichuri as Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development, with effect from 5 July 2020.

This follows the resignation of the erstwhile Vice President of Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Dr Jennifer Blanke, about 4 weeks ago.

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This was disclosed by the bank in a press statement on July 4, 2020.

Wambui who joined the African Development Bank Group in 2018 as Director, Water Development and Sanitation, currently supervises the Bank’s water sector program of over $ 4.5 billion covering 44 countries and multinational projects.

Wambui has a supervisory role over two divisions, namely the Water Development, Coordination and Partnerships, and Water Security and Sanitation divisions, as well as the African Water Facility divisions, a project preparation facility.  She also leads the development and coordination of the technical program, manages the department’s human resources and budget, and the development of extensive partnership activities. Her leadership role includes water sector policy dialogue, strategy and business development, and spearheading innovations.

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READ MORE: Adesina Probe: US Treasury Secretary praises AFDB’s decision on independent review

Before joining the African Development Bank, she worked for the World Bank where she served in various capacities for twenty years, including 17 years in water resources management, supply, sanitation, irrigation and drainage, with vast experience in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Wamgui holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya (1988); a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Economics (1986) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from (1983) from the same university.

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The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, expressed his delight in having Wamgui in that role due to her wealth of experience and leadership skills

Adesina said, “I am very pleased that Wambui agreed to step into this role as Acting Vice President. The Vice Presidency Complex on Agriculture, Human and Social Development has some of our largest programs and flagship initiatives. With her extensive experience, leadership, people management skills, and strong execution capacity, I am confident that she will help strengthen the team and accelerate execution on critical programs and initiatives”.

Nairametrics had reported that the former vice president for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke, stepped down from her role with effect from July 4, 2020, on purely family reasons, she said that she intends to rejoin her family in Switzerland after a very fulfilling time at the bank.

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PwC Nigeria appoints new partners for 2020. See list

PwC has about 400 partners and over 9,000 people spread across 34 countries in Africa.  

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PwC admits 8 Nigerians, 16 others as partners across Africa 

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has admitted 8 Nigerians, into the firm’s partnership.

Akinyemi Akingbade, Chioma Obaro, Yinka Yusuf, Wura Olowofoyeku, Tosin Labeodan, and Rukaiya El-Rufai were all admitted into the firm’s Assurance practice, while Kunle Amida and Olusola Adewale were appointed into Advisory.

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The 8 partners in Nigeria are among 24 new partners admitted across the firm in Africa this year, 25% of whom are female. The number includes 17 new partners in Assurance, 5 in Advisory and 2 in Tax.

From South Africa, nine partners were admitted; Lumko Sihiya, Mary-Jane Mberi, Nitassha Somai, Erik Booysen, Dale Stonebridge, and David Hill, into Assurance.

READ MORE: Nigeria Joins Canada, Thailand and others in taxing digital companies

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Kerin Wood and Gavin Johnston have admitted partners into Advisory, and Michael Butler into the Tax and Regulatory Services.

In Zambia, the partners admitted include George Chitwa, Tax, and Martin Bamukunde in Assurance.

Andre Burger was admitted Partner, Assurance in Namibia; Mwangi Karanja, Partner Assurance in Kenya; and Icho Molebatsi, Partner Assurance, in Botswana.

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Two partners were admitted in Ghana, Richard Ansong in Assurance; and Kingsford Arthur in Advisory.

READ MORE: Dual citizenship firm opens office in Nigeria for millionaires, charges over $1 million

About PwC

PricewaterhouseCoopers is a multinational professional services network of firms headquartered in London, United Kingdom, operating as partnerships in several countries under the PwC brand.

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PwC has about 400 partners and over 9,000 people spread across 34 countries in Africa.

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Fidelity Bank appoints Chike-Obi as Board Chairman

This announcement was contained in a notice signed by the Company Secretary.

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Fidelity Bank has announced the appointment of Mustafa Chike-Obi as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The appointment has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria, and will take effect on August 14, 2020, after the expiration of the tenure of the current Chairman, Mr Ernest Ebi.

This announcement was contained in a notice signed by the Company Secretary, Ezinwa Unuigboje, and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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Also in the notice, the bank announced the retirement of Mr Seni Adetu, who served as Independent Non-Executive Director on the board. He stepped down from the board after completing his tenure on June 30, 2020.

READ MORE: Atedo Peterside resigns as Chairman of Cadbury Nigeria’s Board of Directors 

The board of directors and the management of the bank appreciated Ernest Ebi and Seni Adetu for their contributions to the progress of the bank during their tenures.

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“Under the chairmanship of Mr Ernest Ebi, the bank recorded significant growth across key financial metrics, with both Messers Ebi and Adetu playing significant roles, complementing management efforts in the delivery of these milestones; in service of the long-term vision of the bank. The banks market share position has also been materially strengthened over the period,” the notice read.

READ ALSO: CBN expands scope of regional banks in Nigeria, gives compliance timeframe

The appointment is in line with the bank’s high governance standards and best practices, and in compliance with internal succession policies; Mr Ebi will, over the next six weeks, ensure a successful transition and smooth handover to Chike-Obi.

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Mustafa Chike-Obi has over 40 years’ experience in investment banking and the financial services sector, working with reputable global investment banking and asset Management firms. He is currently with the Alpha African Advisory, where he provides leadership and oversees the capital-raising division.

He was the inaugural CEO of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), from where he joined Alpha African Advisory.

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He was also founding president at Madison Advisors, a financial services advisory and consulting firm in New Jersey, where he specialised in hedge funds and private equity investment advice.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Lagos, and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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