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Dangote Women Empowerment Program Reaches N4.3billion in Disbursement

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L-R,: Emir Of Bauchi, Dr. Riliwan Suleiman Adamu Bauchi State,  Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala   Mohammed, Managing  Director/ CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Limited, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, Who represents Chairman Aliko  Dangote Foundation, Wife of the State Governor, Aisha Mohammed, and One of the Beneficiary, at the  Official Flag- Off  of Disbursements  the Dangote Micro -Grants  Programme for Venerable  Women in Bauchi Local Government  Area , Bauchi State on Tuesday 15th June. 2021

Dangote Women Empowerment Program Reaches N4.3billion in Disbursement

L-R,: Emir Of Bauchi, Dr. Riliwan Suleiman Adamu Bauchi State,  Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala   Mohammed, Managing  Director/ CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Limited, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, Who represents Chairman Aliko  Dangote Foundation, Wife of the State Governor, Aisha Mohammed, and One of the Beneficiary, at the  Official Flag- Off  of Disbursements  the Dangote Micro -Grants  Programme for Venerable  Women in Bauchi Local Government  Area , Bauchi State on Tuesday 15th June. 2021

L-R,: Emir Of Bauchi, Dr. Riliwan Suleiman Adamu Bauchi State, Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, Managing Director/ CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Limited, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, Who represents Chairman Aliko Dangote Foundation, Wife of the State Governor, Aisha Mohammed, and One of the Beneficiary, at the Official Flag- Off of Disbursements the Dangote Micro -Grants Programme for Venerable Women in Bauchi Local Government Area , Bauchi State on Tuesday 15th June. 2021

L-R,: Emir Of Bauchi, Dr. Riliwan Suleiman Adamu Bauchi State,  Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala   Mohammed, Managing  Director/ CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Limited, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, Who represents Chairman Aliko  Dangote Foundation, Wife of the State Governor, Aisha Mohammed, and One of the Beneficiary, at the  Official Flag- Off  of Disbursements  the Dangote Micro -Grants  Programme for Venerable  Women in Bauchi Local Government  Area , Bauchi State on Tuesday 15th June. 2021

L-R,: Emir Of Bauchi, Dr. Riliwan Suleiman Adamu Bauchi State, Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, Managing Director/ CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, Group Executive Director, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Limited, Engr. Ahmed Mansur, Who represents Chairman Aliko Dangote Foundation, Wife of the State Governor, Aisha Mohammed, and One of the Beneficiary, at the Official Flag- Off of Disbursements the Dangote Micro -Grants Programme for Venerable Women in Bauchi Local Government Area , Bauchi State on Tuesday 15th June. 2021

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has doled out a whooping N4.2billion as part of its unconditional Micro Grant Programme for empowering women in the rural areas across the country.

Speaking at the flag-off of its one-off unconditional Micro-grants Programme Tuesday in Bauchi, Chairman of the Aliko Dangote Foundation empowered twenty thousand vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State.

Dangote who was represented by the company’s Group Executive Director Government and Strategic Relations, Mansur Ahmed said so far over four hundred thousand poor women have benefited from the programme in the country.

He said in Bauchi State, N200million is currently being disbursed to vulnerable women across the 20 Local Government Areas.

According to the Africa’s top philanthropist, the unconditional micro grant is aimed at supporting the government effort’s in empowering poor families in the State.

He said the Foundation had earmarked N10billion to be disbursed to vulnerable women across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

Dangote said states that have also benefitted from the scheme include: Lagos, Kano, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Niger, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Katsina and Kwara state.

He added that the next states to benefit from the programme are: Osun, Edo, Ogun, Rivers, Anambra and Ebonyi state respectively.

“The Micro-grants programme is one component of the Economic Empowerment pillar of the Aliko Dangote Foundation. It provides disadvantaged and vulnerable women with a one-off, unconditional N10,000,00 cash transfer to boost their household income generation. This we believe will help reduce their vulnerability and meet their livelihood needs,” he added. 

He said it is gratifying to note that majority of women who benefitted from the scheme have been able to grow the seed capital.

While thanking Aliko Dangote Foundation to coming to assist the vulnerable women in  Bauchi State,  Governor Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad said he was very elated with ADF’s intervention across the country and especially in his state.

He expressed optimism that the intervention will support lives and livelihoods of women, children and families in Bauchi State.

According to him: “Aliko Dangote is a beacon of hope for the Bauchi people. He has been creating not only business institutions at the highest levels but also touching lives at the lowest level. He seems to understand Nigeria more than some of us who are politicians. He’s supporting our mothers who will help put food on our tables and train their children in schools.

“We’ve just named the school of nursing and midwifery after him. This is to mark his huge contribution to our societies in Bauchi.”

“We are also using this opportunity to inform him that he should come and invest in Bauchi. We have the highest deposit of limestone in the country. We have the largest arable land and the largest forest. Bauchi is also very peaceful and secured.”

The Governor also presented a book to the Aliko Dangote Foundation.

The book was written over a 100 years ago by Sheik Uthman Danfodio, and titled: The Principle of Leadership.

Speaking also, the Speaker, State House of Assembly Rt Hon Abubakar Y. Suleiman described the intervention as huge saying it would go a long way in supporting the poverty alleviation stride of the state government.

He said the state will continue to collaborate with the state in area of economic empowerment of womenfolk.

Commending the foundation, First Lady and wife to the Governor Mrs Aisha Bala Muhammad  said the intervention will help lift families from economic problems, even as she urged the women to invest it wisely.

Speaking, one of the beneficiaries Amina Musa, 50, said she would start micro business and use the profit to support her family.

Another beneficiary Jumai Rabiu, 47, described the intervention as huge and timely, adding that she will use the money judiciously and employ others too.

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Ecobank Nigeria Assures Customers Of Smooth Forex Transaction

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Ecobank Nigeria has assured customers that the bank has put in place every arrangement for the implementation of the foreign exchange (fx) policy issued by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The bank in an email to its customers indicated that all its branches had been put on notice to ensure smooth FX sales to eligible Ecobank customers and non-customers.

According to Ecobank all relevant staff, especially the Tellers have been well trained on strict adherence to the drive by the CBN to ensure availability, access, and efficient handling of all FX transactions.

In his comment, Managing Director, Patrick Akinwuntan said  Ecobank remains a one stop shop for all FX needs particularly for PTA, BTA, School fees, Medical bills, Mortgage payments and remittances, stressing that all customers with genuine documents and complying with the FX regulations will be well served by the Bank .

“I wish to assure our customers that there are no worries. Walk into any of our branches nearest to you and access FX once you have genuine documents, legitimate needs and meet the other requirements. We have staff dedicated to handle and meet your foreign exchange needs. From Personal and Business Travel Allowances to tuition and medical payments. Be rest assured, Ecobank has got your back.” He said.

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele had disclosed the end of FX sale to Bureau De Change (BDCs) while briefing newsmen at the end of a two-day meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in Abuja last week. He directed all commercial banks to immediately create designated desks in their branches for the sale and disposal of FX to eligible customers for legitimate purposes. The apex bank governor said the bank would now channel weekly FX allocations, hitherto meant for BDCs, to commercial banks.

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Unity Bank Grows 34% Pre-tax Profit, Records N23B Gross Earnings in H1 2021

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Unity Bank Grows 34% Pre-tax Profit, Records N23B Gross Earnings in H1 2021

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

SPONSORED BY: H&H

Nigeria’s retail lender, Unity Bank Plc has declared half-year result posting gross earnings of 23.6 billion Naira, which is a 3% increase compared with the corresponding period of 2020.

A review of the unaudited half year result (H1’2021) released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Agric-focused lender showed notable improvement across key financial matrices.

The Bank grew bottom-line by 34% as Profit before Tax (PBT) moved up significantly in positive territory to close at N1.50 billion from N1.12 billion recorded in H2 2020.

Similarly, the Profit After Tax, PAT closed at N1.38 billion within the period under review from N1.03 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2020, a sign of a stronger recovery in the overall economy and the Bank’s key focus market segment after a disruptive pandemic year.

A major highlight of the result is the growth in the Bank’s loan book, which saw a 22% increase to N246.90 billion within the period compared to N202.08 billion recorded in H2 2020.

The lender also sustained growth trajectory in its assets as total assets for the period rose by 11% to N547.37 billion from N492.02 billion as of December 31, 2020.

Other highlights of the financial statement include a 21% jump in fee and commission income to N3.07 billion from N2.54 billion in the corresponding period of 2020; and N9.87 billion upticks in net interest incomes, representing a 9% increase from the N9.06 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2020.

Interest and similar income also rose though recording a marginal 2% growth to close at N20.27 billion compared to the N19.79 billion recorded in half-year 2020. Earnings per share rose by 3 kobo to close at 11.82 Kobo within the period compared to 8.82 Kobo recorded in the corresponding period of 2020.

The financial report also contained the details of the three months to June 2021 (Q2 2021) report showed that the Bank recorded a 17% leap in gross income to N12.32 billion from N10.50 billion recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

Pre-tax profit for the period closed at N718.0 million, a 31% increased from N546.35 million recorded in Q2 2020, while Profit After Tax equally closed at N660.57 million from N502.65 million recorded in the corresponding review period.

Commenting on the result, the Managing Director/CEO, Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun noted encouraging trends in key performance indicators driving the numbers reported in the H1 result, in that the Bank is beginning to reflect greater consistency, steady outlook and resilience that places it on a performance pedestal ahead of the volatilities in the operating environment occasioned partly by the prevailing global pandemic and other market shocks that have far-reaching implications in the local and foreign economies.

The double digits growth recorded in both earnings and profits, she further added, was the result of a portfolio plan which the Bank set out in the beginning of the year to diversify its portfolio whilst incrementally pursuing asset creation in petrochemical downstream, consumer, healthcare and general commerce with agribusiness providing the bulwark for identified business and brand benefits.

She stated that the Bank will be looking to strengthen its balance sheet from the liability side as it continues to grow its brand franchise in many areas of the retail market by promoting and leveraging its Agriculture value chain businesses as an offshoot to achieve better performance ratios that enable it expand the scope of business for even greater outcome.

Analysts share the optimism on the growth trajectory achieved on the back of contributions from diverse portfolio investments which is a radical departure from the past.

Unity Bank Grows 34% Pre-tax Profit, Records N23B Gross Earnings in H1 2021
Nigeria’s retail lender, Unity Bank Plc has declared half-year result posting gross earnings of 23.6 billion Naira, which is a 3% increase compared with the corresponding period of 2020.

A review of the unaudited half year result (H1’2021) released to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Agric-focused lender showed notable improvement across key financial matrices. The Bank grew bottom-line by 34% as Profit before Tax (PBT) moved up significantly in positive territory to close at N1.50 billion from N1.12 billion recorded in H2 2020.

Similarly, the Profit After Tax, PAT closed at N1.38 billion within the period under review from N1.03 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2020, a sign of a stronger recovery in the overall economy and the Bank’s key focus market segment after a disruptive pandemic year.

A major highlight of the result is the growth in the Bank’s loan book, which saw a 22% increase to N246.90 billion within the period compared to N202.08 billion recorded in H2 2020.

The lender also sustained growth trajectory in its assets as total assets for the period rose by 11% to N547.37 billion from N492.02 billion as of December 31, 2020.

Other highlights of the financial statement include a 21% jump in fee and commission income to N3.07 billion from N2.54 billion in the corresponding period of 2020; and N9.87 billion upticks in net interest incomes, representing a 9% increase from the N9.06 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2020.

Interest and similar income also rose though recording a marginal 2% growth to close at N20.27 billion compared to the N19.79 billion recorded in half-year 2020.

Earnings per share rose by 3 kobo to close at 11.82 Kobo within the period compared to 8.82 Kobo recorded in the corresponding period of 2020.

The financial report also contained the details of the three months to June 2021 (Q2 2021) report showed that the Bank recorded a 17% leap in gross income to N12.32 billion from N10.50 billion recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

Pre-tax profit for the period closed at N718.0 million, a 31% increased from N546.35 million recorded in Q2 2020, while Profit After Tax equally closed at N660.57 million from N502.65 million recorded in the corresponding review period.

Commenting on the result, the Managing Director/CEO, Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun noted encouraging trends in key performance indicators driving the numbers reported in the H1 result, in that the Bank is beginning to reflect greater consistency, steady outlook and resilience that places it on a performance pedestal ahead of the volatilities in the operating environment occasioned partly by the prevailing global pandemic and other market shocks that have far-reaching implications in the local and foreign economies.

The double digits growth recorded in both earnings and profits, she further added, was the result of a portfolio plan which the Bank set out in the beginning of the year to diversify its portfolio whilst incrementally pursuing asset creation in petrochemical downstream, consumer, healthcare and general commerce with agribusiness providing the bulwark for identified business and brand benefits.

She stated that the Bank will be looking to strengthen its balance sheet from the liability side as it continues to grow its brand franchise in many areas of the retail market by promoting and leveraging its Agriculture value chain businesses as an offshoot to achieve better performance ratios that enable it expand the scope of business for even greater outcome.

Analysts share the optimism on the growth trajectory achieved on the back of contributions from diverse portfolio investments which is a radical departure from the past.

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“Ecobank Remains Payment Gateway in Africa” – Akinwuntan

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“Ecobank Remains Payment Gateway in Africa” – Akinwuntan

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The Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has reiterated that the Pan African bank remains the payment gateway for Africa.

Akinwuntan who was speaking on the topic “Optimizing sustainable trade, investment and regional economic integration through effective partnerships between ECOWAS institutions and regional institutions and the organized private sector” at a webinar organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to commemorate the 46th anniversary of ECOWAS on Monday, stated that the bank’s state of the art digital payment and collection platform is promoting trade and commerce across the African continent.

According to him, Ecobank is present in all ECOWAS member states, stressing that the bank will continue to leverage its knowledge, footprint, and payment channels to promote trade and economic activities through its unique and large pan-African network that positions it to support businesses at all levels.

 He noted that “naturally for us as a Pan African bank, we are set up to support the economic integration and development of Africa.

We have the commitment, capacity and network to support the realization of that objective.

We have a platform that leverages technology which enables businesses within ECOWAS to operate as one market.

In terms of payment and collection, we have just one banking platform that serves an entire industry. If you are an individual and you open an account and get our Mobile app, you have access to the 33 countries where we operate, and you can transact across these countries.

It is a payment switch that ensures payment without going through SWIFT but ensures instant value across the network.  For businesses, we have Omni platform, which is a web-based payment platform that enables you to first see your position across the 33 countries and make instant payment.”

Mr. Akinwuntan added that Ecobank is also providing access to market without language barriers; building capacity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and empowering women through various products such as the highly innovative Ellevate, a woman focused package targeting at least 40milion women owned business in the MSME space across Africa, by supporting them to become big businesses.

“We provide access to the market, we know the continent, we know the sub-region and ECOWAS, this is part of what we offer at Ecobank. When you discuss with us in Ecobank, we are able to translate into the language you understand.

Our financial statements are in English and French. In terms of MSMEs, which are critical, we have put in place an MSME Academy in partnership with AUDA-NEPAD solely for capacity building.

But more importantly, we have also set aside N100 billion in Nigeria to support MSMEs. We have a regional trade desk that supports you by giving you access to market, finance, and capacity building. We are able to empower the MSME to gradually become pan African business partners leveraging technology.

Earlier in his welcome address, LCCI President, Mrs Toki Mabogunje said the webinar is to explore the opportunities and challenges of economic integration for stakeholders and for ECOWAS member states, adding that the forum also serves to examine the various trade policies, intra-regional commerce, smooth integration between member states and potential markets with borderless opportunities.

She said LCCI will continue to partner with ECOWAS institutions to realise its objective of wealth creation, economic integration and commitment to peace and development.

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Special Guest of Honour, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo lauded the efforts of ECOWAS in boosting trade in the sub-region. He was optimistic that collaboration with the organized private sector would further boost commerce and the economy of member states.

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