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FG working out plans to stabilize revenue – Zainab Ahmed

The Minister said the government revenue will be stabilized to restore adequate fiscal space.

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The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, declared that the present administration, in a bid to set the economy on the path of growth and economic sustainability is working out plans to stabilize revenue.

This statement is contained in her Independence Day message to Nigerians, which was released to the mainstream via her official Twitter handle, to commemorate the Independence Day celebrations.

READ: COVID-19 boosts Fidson Healthcare Plc’s Q2 2020 performance

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed emphasized that the present administration is working out ways and means in which government revenue will be stabilized to restore adequate fiscal space, in a bid to fund the Federal Government and the States through the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

The Minister stated that in line with the president’s mandate, a committee was set-up to ensure that the business of the government continues to run as normally as possible, with government agencies considerably funded.

(READ MORE:FAAC disagrees over revenue allocation for FG, States, LGs)

However, Mrs. Ahmed noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed economic activities and growth, and this continues to mount pressure on output across various sectors of the economy, she emphasized that the present administration is committed to providing critical infrastructures and enhancing inclusive growth through policies, programmes and projects that will stimulate job creation in the country.

She said, “Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the government has continued to invest in critical infrastructures like roads, rail and electric power to ensure continuous growth hinged on programmes and projects that will enhance employment of large percentage of our youth.”

READ: Is Zenith Bank thriving on the strength of sound financial indices?

In like manner, Mrs. Ahmed addressed the sentiments regarding the recent restrictions and the policy decisions of the government in her Independence Day address. She reiterated that the unexpected public health emergency caused by the COVID-19, coupled with the drop in oil revenue from the ebbing economic activity made the government to take difficult decisions, in a bid to keep the economy afloat at a critical time as this.

As the journey has been a mixture of challenges and successes, she remarked that despite the challenges, there are myriads of opportunities ahead of the nation.

READ: How foreign exchange risks and others affect the Nigerian pension industry 

She admonished that Nigeria belongs to all of us, and we have to appreciate our differences and forge ahead to build a united prosperous nation.

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Arvind Pathak, Deputy GMD of Dangote Cement resigns

The Deputy Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement has resigned his role on the Board of the company.

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Arvind Pathak, Deputy GMD of Dangote Cement resigns

Dangote Cement Plc has announced the resignation of its Deputy Group Managing Director, Arvind Pathak.

In line with the disclosure issued by the company, the Board of Directors of Dangote Cement after accepting Pathak’s request disclosed that his resignation will take effect from the 25th of February 2021.

The Board of Dangote Cement appreciates him for his commitment and contributions to the Board, and also wishes him well in his future endeavours.

What you should know

  • Pathak was appointed to the Board of Dangote Cement Plc on October 29, 2019, as Deputy Group Managing Director.
  • Prior to his appointment as Deputy GMD, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Dangote Cement, a position he held between 2018 and 2019.
  • Prior to joining DCP, he has worked in various leadership roles in the cement industry, he has 30 years of experience in the cement industry.

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Africa Prudential announces appointment of Zubaida Rasheed as Director

Zubaida Rasheed has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director by Africa Prudential Plc.

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African Prudential could be worth more than N4.55

The Board of Africa Prudential Plc has ratified the appointment of Mrs. Zubaida Mahey Rasheed as an Independent Non-Executive Director, effective February 24, 2021, subject to regulatory approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This is according to a notification signed by the Company’s secretary, Joseph Jibunoh, and made available to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Given her profile and wealth of experience, the Board strongly believes that the appointment will strengthen the company by consolidating its digital transformation drive and ensuring its smooth transition from its core registrar business to providing digital solutions and technological services.

About Zubaida Mahey Rasheed 

Mrs. Zubaida is a distinguished technocrat with over forty years’ experience in the public and private sectors. A sizeable number of the aforementioned years were spent in NITEL Plc, where she served for 23 years, rising to the position of Executive Director.

Mrs. Zubaida is currently the Deputy Coordinator of Technical Working Group (TWG) for the preparation of Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2021-2025 & Nigeria Agenda 2050 (Business Environment, Trade, Competitiveness, and Product Space Mapping).

She is an alumna of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), having obtained a BSC degree in Economics in the aforementioned institution. She holds professional membership in the Nigerian Institute of Management and National Institute of Marketing, Nigeria.

What you should know

  • Africa Prudential Plc had earlier declared a dividend of 50 kobo each, totaling N1 billion for its shareholders.
  • Africa Prudential Plc formerly known as UBA Registrars Ltd was incorporated as a private limited liability company on 23rd March 2006 to take over the registrar services formally operated as a department by its former parent – UBA Global Market Limited.
  • The company was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on the 17th of January, 2013. It currently manages over 80 corporate clients in both the public and private sectors.

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