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Interswitch kicks off 20th Anniversary, Launches #NeverStop Brand Campaign

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To herald its 20th anniversary commemoration, Interswitch has launched a new brand campaign to project its positioning as a pioneering and integral enabler that has not only actively supported the growth and development of fintech and payments across Africa over the last 20 years, but also to amplify the brand’s progressive outlook as a frontier-driving company which keeps pushing boundaries and facilitating the creation of new ecosystems that help businesses and individuals scale and thrive, in line with its purpose of inspiring Africa to greatness through innovation, value-creation and excellence.

In the words of Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & Group CEO at the anniversary kick-off media parley on Tuesday, 30th August 2022, Today, as we flag off our celebrations, there is quite a lot of excitement within Interswitch, but also some deep reflection as we look back on the journey of the last two decades – twenty years of transforming Africa’s digital economy. Interswitch was founded to solve a social problem – to make people’s lives easier when it came to payments, transactions and accessing their funds. We saw a way to do this by developing products and services with the consumer at the heart, leading with technology and innovation. As is the case with many pioneers, while we navigated uncharted waters, there were times when we pushed ahead with absolutely no assurances and buoyed up by just sheer tenacity and grit.  At those times, the big picture kept us going, our dream to deliver a prosperous Africa, driven by a seamless exchange of value and commerce”.

Elegbe goes on to assert that the foregoing was the foundation upon which Interswitch’s two flagship products, Quickteller and Verve, were created – born from the over-arching mission to solve problems and focused on delivering comprehensive solutions for individuals to make everyday payments, to help connect and simplify the lives of our consumers across the continent.

Capturing the essence of Interswitch’s new ‘Never Stop’ campaign, Cherry Eromosele, the company’s Executive Vice-President for Group Marketing and Communications stated that “anniversaries not only give the chance to celebrate how far we’ve come in our journey but also provide the opportunity to stop, reflect and launch out again with fresh passion, a renewed zeal and a clearer vision. This is what underpins the philosophy that has given rise to #NeverStop. As we look ahead, we see enormous potential for future growth and the furthering of our vision. The outlook is rapidly evolving; At Interswitch, we also see the application of digital payments as being sector-agnostic and, with the increasing adoption of technology and digital payments across Nigeria and Africa, opportunities to broaden the fintech/payments landscape continue to present themselves”.

From Elegbe’s perspective, the runway for growth remains significant as well over 50% of Nigeria is still unbanked or underbanked and 85% of transactions in sub-Saharan African still occur in cash. He opines that “today, technology is at the forefront of society and will continue to play a significant role in how we work and live. Nigeria is fast becoming the tech-capital of Africa, with one of the fastest growing tech markets in the world. Interswitch has always been focused on the bigger picture, with the understanding that “going it alone” is not the answer, and that we do better by working together.

Building a profitable, thriving business has been important, but in order to achieve our purpose of Inspiring Africa to Greatness, we had to play our part in providing an enabling environment for the holistic ecosystem to thrive”.

Over the next 6 months, the company intends to progressively unveil a line-up of brand campaigns, commemorative events and thought-leadership initiatives centered around this significant corporate milestone on a Pan-African level.

Interswitch is a leading technology-driven company focused on the digitization of payments in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Founded in 2002, Interswitch disrupted the traditional cash-based payments value chain in Nigeria by supporting the introduction of electronic payments processing and switching services.

Today, Interswitch is a leading player with critical mass across Africa’s developing financial ecosystem and is active across the payments value chain, providing a full suite of omni-channel payment solutions. Interswitch’s vision is that of a prosperous Africa, driven by a seamless exchange of value and commerce and its mission is to create technology solutions that connect and empower individuals, businesses, and communities. Interswitch’s broad network and robust payments platform have been instrumental to the development of the Nigerian payments ecosystem and provide Interswitch with the infrastructure to expand across Africa.

Interswitch continues to create and facilitate technology solutions and platforms that support a variety of industry ecosystems which help commerce evolve, businesses grow, and individuals thrive, with solutions and services that are secure and provide convenience and real value for consumers, whilst also improving operational efficiency and driving sustainable revenue growth for businesses.

Learn more about the company’s 20th anniversary and the #NeverStop campaign at  www.neverstop.interswitchgroup.com

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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.

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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.

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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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