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AfDB’s Adesina Bags Honourary Doctoral Degree

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The Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA), has awarded the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina an honourary doctorate.

The honour was conferred at the institution’s 38th Founders’ Day and 30th Convocation ceremony of the University, in Minna.

He joined three other honourary doctoral awardees, former Head of State General Abdulsalam Abubakar (GCFR), Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, (CON), and Malam Mele Kolo Kyari.

Adesina used the occasion to publicly acknowledge President Muhammadu Buhari, several former heads of state, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the roles they played in his election as President of the African Development Bank Group.

I am especially grateful to H.E. General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who took me under his wings and lobbied extremely hard for me when I was seeking election for President of the African Development Bank in 2015. He spoke with the then President-elect Muhammadu Buhari who in turn provided me with strong support. He also reached out to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to rally support behind me. You have been a key part of my success. I wish to use this time to acknowledge that publicly and thank you most sincerely. Your Excellency, I am grateful Sir,” he stated.

President Buhari also strongly supported Adesina leading up to his second term re-election in September 2020.

In an inspiring message to the graduating students, Adesina, a former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, told the graduating class of 2021, that as the new success stories of Nigeria, they stood on the brink of opportunities, having been prepared for success by a university focused on technology.

Adesina said, “Technology drives the world. As Minister of agriculture, I turned to the power of technology, mobile phones, to provide 15 million farmers with access to improved seeds and fertilizers, end corruption in the sector. It was revolutionary –the first, not only in Africa, but in the world. It helped Nigeria to produce a record additional 21 million metric tons of food. It boosted food security and expanded wealth for farmers, from the north east, north west, north central, southwest, east, and south-south of the country. It brought transparency and accountability in use of public funds.

Several Nigerian Fintech entrepreneurs are already using tech to deliver digital payment systems with three of Nigeria’s fintech (Intersswitch, Pay Pal and Flutterwave) reaching the $1 billion mark. Adesina said African Fintechs raised $1.4 billion in 2019, three times what was raised in 2019, and in 2021 they raised about $5 billion.

The Bank President highlighted the critical roles of technology for enhancing security systems, military reconnaissance and intelligence, satellite imagery and remote sensing to track the effects of climate change, artificial intelligence, and drones to deliver agricultural inputs and medical supplies to remote locations.

On a humorous note Adesina said, “cognitive robots now power industrial manufacturing. In the very near future, due to machine learning and artificial intelligence, your colleagues in the office or industry will not be just Musa, Emeka, Yetunde, or Ada, but Yekini Jones or Bobo — the robots. They will even wear caps or head ties. Through facial recognition, Yekini and Bobo the robots will greet you every morning, saying “Hello Musa, Emeka, Yetunde, and Ada. And you will say, “Hello Yekini, Hello Bobo. Let’s roll.”

The AfDB is preparing the youth of Africa to lead in the new digital economy. We have just provided $ 170 million to Nigeria to help drive its I-DICE initiative that will help expand the digital industry and grow jobs in the creative industries.

In his concluding remarks, Adesina gave an inspirational charge to the graduates, saying –
You have been shaped in Minna, for export to other parts of Nigeria, Africa, and the world. Build a New Nigeria. A smart Nigeria. A dynamic Nigeria. A globally competitive Nigeria. It is in your hands. Now go and make it happen! I wish you good success and God’s richest blessings. Congratulations!

Following the convocation ceremony, Adesina paid courtesy calls on two of Minna’s most illustrious citizens, Former Heads of State General Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida and General Abdulsalam Abubakar.

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51st AGM: GSK Consumer Nigeria PLC Grows Revenue By 5.42% Amid Tough Operating Environment

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GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, a leading research-based pharmaceutical, and healthcare company has declared a dividend of N538.14 million for the year ended December 2021. The declaration follows an impressive 5.42% growth in revenue of N22.445 billion amidst a very challenging operating environment compared to N21.30 billion recorded in 2020.

During the Company’s 51st Annual General Meeting, which was held in Lagos, shareholders approved the dividend at 45kobo per share, representing a 11.11% increase from the 40kobo declared in 2020. The shareholders appreciated this growth and reaffirmed their belief in the leadership of the company to grow the business into the next year.

According to the financial statement of the Company, profit after tax for the year under review grew by 5.88% to N658.81 million from N622.23 million in 2020. Speaking at the AGM, the Chairman of the Board of Directors at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, Mr Edmund Onuzo thanked the shareholders for their support throughout the year and promised that the Board and Management will continue to explore opportunities for the growth, profitability and sustainability of the Company.

Onuzo commended the Nigerian government’s efforts to achieve economic stability in the system and stated that the country will remain on the path of growth and development if the several economic reforms of the government are diligently implemented.

“It is encouraging to note that the Nigerian government is constantly adopting different mechanisms to diversify the Nigerian economy from the single-minded posture that largely depends on oil revenue for foreign exchange. Whilst we appreciate the efforts of the Government, it is important to enjoin them to maintain the focus on improving the operating environment with more policies aimed at providing a more conducive environment for businesses to thrive”, he said.

Regarding the Company’s social support activities particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, Onuzo said GSK’s special purpose is to improve the quality of human life by helping people do more, feel better and live longer. “In 2021, through GSK’s partnership with Save the Children International (SCI) (INSPIRING project) GSK donated medical equipment, instruments, and consumables worth over N100 million to 30 health facilities in Lagos and Jigawa States in Nigeria.

Additionally, we made a direct donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and Medical Guild, Lagos to provide much-needed protection to our frontline health workers”, Onuzo explained. In his remarks, the Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Plc, Mr Kunle Oyelana said the achievement in the year under review is reflective of a collaborative effort from all key stakeholders of the healthcare delivery subsector.

According to Oyelana, GSK is committed to remaining Nigeria’s leading healthcare company, with its pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products allowing Nigerians to do more, feel better, and live longer. “We are pleased with the results for 2021, it spoke to our dedication and partnership with stakeholders in ensuring growth in the business and the resilient spirit of the GSK team. We will continue to evolve to ensure sustained growth in our business operations bordered around our three business areas of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare”, he said.

About GSK
GSK Consumer Nigeria Plc – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Our Head Office is located at 1, Industrial Avenue, Ilupeju. We own some of the world’s best-loved healthcare brands including Sensodyne, Macleans, Panadol, and Andrews Liver Salt. For further information please visit www.gsk.com.ng

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Sterling Bank Set To Change Name, Read Why

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Nigeria commercial bank, Sterling Bank Plc has moved to change its name after getting stakeholders’ consent of converting to a holding company.

This was disclosed by the board, as it will create a chance for the bank to have a controlling stake in companies where it currently holds a substantial interest.

Recall, a few days back, the bank convened a meeting of shareholders at the order of a court as part of the last key stages of the corporate reformation.

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According to a report seen on the Nigerian Exchange Limited’s website, the bank will become known as Sterling Financial Holdings Company when the transition is delivered.

Becoming a Holding Company will see the bank have the leverage to make inroads into other sectors within financial services apart from commercial banking which its current license and those of many lenders in Nigeria do not allow.

Such sectors, comprising pension; asset management; payments, and fintech, are gaining appeal among banks and provide chances for diversification as competition for interest income, which accounts for the bulk of the revenue of the banking industry turns increasingly fierce.

Stanbic IBTC Holdings, one of the early birds that adopted the Holdco structure, is a testament that the Holdco structure is a model that works. Its pension unit controls around one-third of the N14.2 trillion assets under management as the market leader in the Nigerian pension industry.

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With the key resolutions for the scheme of arrangement now approved, the transition will proceed to its final phase where regulators including the Central Bank of Nigeria are to sanction the new entity into existence.

“The bank will transfer all the assets, liabilities, and undertakings related to the non-interest banking business to The Alternative Bank Limited,” the statement said in reference to its newest subsidiary that received in approval-in-principle in December.

Sterling Bank’s issued and paid-up share capital valued at 28.8 billion outstanding shares will passé to the holding company in exchange for the allotment of those same units to shareholders on completion.

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Victor Ikpeba Endorses Moores Energy

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Super Eagles legend, Victor Ikpeba has endorsed Moores Energy, as he encouraged residents of the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, and its environs to patronise the brand at its retailing station.

At a media launch where Ikpeba was unveiled as Moores Energy brand ambassador, the Nigerian football legend expressed confidence in the newly-established company floated by Bola Tom-Jones.

Referring to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Moores Energy, Ikpeba stated: “I have no Bola now for over a decade and I have strong confidence in her offerings. She’s someone very passionate about people, especially as it relates to their well-being. With her establishing this energy company, I believe it’s her way of contributing to Nigeria’s green energy drive.

Victor Ikpeba Endorses Moores Energy
Victor Ikpeba joins Bola Tom-Jones to unveil the newly-purchased bobtail truck of Moores Energy

The gas retailing facility of Moores Energy is fully-automated, and it is a proven solution to reduce exposure to household air pollution and disease.”

On her part, Tom-Jones expressed gratitude to Ikpeba, saying she couldn’t think of any other celebrity that carries the dignity her brand represents.

Tom-Jones further explained the unique selling proposition of her brand, as she unveiled her newly-purchased bobtail truck.

What we are doing differently at Moores Energy, is that we give our customers the assurance of getting the right quantity, and quality. So, if you are coming for your 12.5kg, you are sure to get the exact thing, and that can take you several weeks. We have as well subsidised our rates for senior citizens to encourage them to make use of cooking gas in their homes. Our products are affordable and accessible to everyone,” she added.

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