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Fidson Healthcare announces appointment of three new Directors to its Board

Fidson Healthcare Plc has announced the appointment of three new directors to the Board of the company.

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The Board of Directors of Fidson Healthcare Plc has announced the appointment of three new Directors.

This announcement was made in a notification signed and sent to the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange by the Company Secretary, J. A. Adebanjo.

According to the notification, Mr. Adebanjo revealed that these announcements were in line with the resolutions made by the Directors of the Company at the Board meeting which held on the 9th of December 2020.

In line with this, the Board announced the appointment of Dr. Vincent Ahonkha, Mr. Ekwunife Okoli and Ola Ijimakin as Independent Non-Executive Directors with effect from the 1st of January 2021.

About the appointed Directors

  • Dr. Vincent Ahonkhai, is an expert in Global Health and biopharmaceutical Research and Development. He is currently an independent Consultant and Principal at Gwynedd Consultancy, LLC in FIDSON. Pennsylvania, the USA from where he consults for organisations like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation amongst others. He will bring to the board, experience in Research & Development which is crucial to the development of the pharmaceutical industry. He was appointed an Independent NonExecutive Director.
  • Mr. Ekwunife Okoli, is versatile in the field of Sales and Marketing, having worked for many years in the FMCG industry. He was an Executive Director, Marketing at Diageo Plc. He was also Managing Director of the same company in Cameroun and Ghana and Managing Director for Africa and Regional Markets. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director who sits on the Board of Cornerstone Insurance Plc. He is married to Mrs. Unoma Okoli and blessed with four children. He is expected to enrich the expertise in the Sales and Marketing department. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director.
  • Ola Ijimakin, joined the organization (Fidson Healthcare Ltd) in July 2002 as Regional Manager in the North-eastern region. He graduated from the University of Jos in 1994 where he was awarded a Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree. He won the prize for the best graduating student in Pharmacy among other prestigious awards. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Business School Netherlands, Buren (2014) where he finished with a distinction.

Omokolade Ajayi is a graduate of Economics, and a certificate holder of the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundation Program. He is a business analyst, and equity market researcher, with wealth of experience as a retail investor. He is a business owner and a stern advocate of Financial literacy, who believes in the huge economic prospect of the Nigerian Payment channels and Fintech space.

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Usman Alkali Baba assumes office as new IG of Police

The FG announced that IGP Usman Alkali Baba assumed duty as the new Inspector General of Police on Wednesday.

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The Federal Government announced that IGP Usman Alkali Baba assumed duty as the new Inspector General of Police on Wednesday.

The FG disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday evening, citing that he is taking over from IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, who retired after 35 years of meritorious service to the nation.

What the FG is saying

“The handing/taking over of leadership between the former and new Police Chiefs was held in a brief but colourful ceremony at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The event was climaxed with the symbolic handover of the Nigeria Police flag.

The new IGP, who is the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, NPM, psc (+), fdc, a fellow of the National Defence College, hails from Geidam in Yobe State. He was commissioned into the Nigeria Police Force on 15th March 1988 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

The FG also disclosed that the new IGP believes in the provision of motivational and credible leadership driven by professionalism and strategic planning, all directed at stabilizing internal security and modernizing police operations within the framework of citizens’ consent, trust, and the rule of law.

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The Federal Government revealed why President Buhari terminated the appointment of the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammad Adamu, before the expiration of the 3-months extension, saying the ex-IGP’s tenure was terminated following the completion of the selection process for a new Inspector General of Police.

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FSDH appoints FCMB Director, Bukola Smith as new Managing Director and CEO

FCMB appoints FCMB Executive Director, as new Managing Director and CEO, to replace Hamda Ambah.

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Bukola Smith, the Executive Director, Business Development, in First City Monument Bank Limited has been appointed by FSDH Merchant Bank as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos based financial institution.

This information was revealed in a recent post made by Smith, the new MD/CEO of the bank via her official LinkedIn account.

Her appointment will take full effect in mid-April, 2021, as she moves to take over from Hamda Ambah who will retire from the bank with effect from April 27th, 2021, after 28 years of service to the company, including four years and three months as the Managing Director of the Merchant Bank.

Smith is expected to take on the full responsibility of leading FSDH Merchant Bank to greater heights of global success, building on the impressive work Ambah has done in the last four years and three months as the Managing Director of the Merchant Bank.

What they are saying

Commenting on her appointment, Bukola Smith said:

“Super excited to announce my appointment as the new MD/CEO of FSDH Merchant Bank from mid-April, 2021. Thus, bringing an end to 14 beautiful and impactful years at FCMB.”

Special thanks go to all my friends and colleagues, who made my time at FCMB an amazing experience.

It is a privilege to take over from a Super Mentor, Hamda Ambah who has done a great job in steering the ship over the years.”

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About Smith

Bukola Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, and also holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Smith was appointed Executive Director, Business Development at First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in 2017, and prior to this, she was the Regional Head, Lagos Region of the Bank.

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She has occupied several key positions in FCMB as the Group Head Treasury and Financial Institutions; Divisional Head, Investment Banking and Financial Markets; Director Project and Structured Finance; and Divisional Head, Group Internal Audit, since she joined the bank in 2006.

As the Executive Director in charge of Business Development in FCMB, the bank’s Small and Micro business-focused team moved up to the first position in 2019, to emerge as the best SME supporter in the country – according to a KPMG Customer Service Report 2020.

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