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Transcorp Committed to Significantly Increasing Power Generation in Nigeria. ……Chairman Elumelu states “Transcorp will light up Nigeria”

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At the 11th Annual General Meeting of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc(“Transcorp”), the Board ofDirectors confirmed their confidence in Transcorp’s growth trajectory and affirmed the Company’s commitment to increasing yield and returns to shareholders, while continuing its significant capital investment strategy. Despite the difficult economic climate, revenue grew by 46% in 2017(N59.42bn).

Transcorp is Nigeria’s leading listed conglomerate, active in the power, resource, hospitality and agroindustry sectors. The AGM 
took place on March 29th, 2017, at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Chairman, Transcorp Plc., Mr. Tony O. Elumelu highlighted the significant progress made by Transcorp group companies, stating that Transcorp was uniquely position to impact the Nigerian economy positively and improve quality of life for all Nigerians.

“Our investments in the key strategic sectors of the Nigerian economy directly align with our philosophy of meaningfully and positively impacting lives and transforming the African continent. We invest for the long term, knowing that at times the headwinds can be strong. We want to be the biggest provider of power to the Nigerian economy; we want to put light in homes, schools and hospitals; we want to provide the power for Nigeria’s industrialisation. When foreign investors come to Nigeria, we want to host them in our Transcorp Hilton hotels; and we want to supply indigenous produced oil and gas to power our networks and roads. Throughout 2016, we have continued to invest in Nigeria, when others waivered,because we are absolutely‎ convinced in Nigeria’s destiny as the next global economic powerhouse.”

Elumelu spent time providing shareholders with a detailed update of the Company’s 
achievements and highlighted the recent commissioning of the 115MW Gas Turbine at Ughelli Power Plant, Nigeria’s largest capacity gas generating plant, as evidence of the progress made by the Group in the power sector, despite regulatory and operating challenges.

Shareholders were informed of other important developments at the Company, including the impending increase of available capacity of the Ughelli Power Plant to 850MW by the end of 2017; the $100m renovation of the Transcorp Hilton Abuja, also to be completed in 2017; and the conclusion of exploratory drilling of Transcorp’s oil well , before the end of 2017. According to Elumelu, Transcorp’s future is bright, with the completion of these projects and looks forward to sharing the social equity these investments will create in Nigeria in the form of jobs, community empowerment, and improved quality of life.

Also, speaking at the meeting, the National President of the Association for the Advancement of the Rights of Nigerian Shareholders (AARNS), Dr. Faruk Umar commended the Board for offering an impressive vision for the future for Transcorp, despite the difficult economic conditions, which impacted negatively on the Company in 2016. He went on to state that he was convinced that with the strategy already in place, the shareholders stand with theBoard in its determination to return the Company to profitability. He called on the Federal Government, to act on the structural issues in power sector,which had contributed negatively to the Company’s profitability in 2016.

Responding to the comments from the shareholders, Transcorp’s  President/CEO, Mr. Emmanuel Nnorom, said the Board’s mandate was to achieve strong financial results, despite a challenging operating environment. “We will continue to work and live by our values of execution, enterprise and excellence, towards optimal maximisation of the abundant opportunities that exist in our operating sectors,” Mr Nnorom said.

Mr Nnorom reiterated the Chairman’s optimism that‎ 2017 looks bright, promising better results in 2017 and beyond. Nnorom said that the considerable investment made 
were already yielding fruit and that the Company had illustrated both prudence and a willingness to invest for the future of all.

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Union Bank, WACOT Rice Kick Off Financial Inclusion Drive for Smallholder Farmers in Kebbi

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As part of Union Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with WACOT Rice Limited – a rice processing company, to financially include 6,000 local farmers including youth and women in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi Financial Inclusion Drive (KFID) which will cover four Local Government Areas – Argungu, Augie, Suru, and Dandi – is a critical part of WACOT’s Argungu Outgrower Expansion Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade Hub. This program is set to resolve the overwhelming financial inclusion deficit within rural communities in Kebbi.
The financial inclusion initiative is being implemented with technical support from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to help the farmers acquire the relevant documentation and identification required to open bank accounts.
Union Bank will facilitate account opening and expand its agency banking network to cover the areas while supporting its agents on ground with digital banking solutions to enable seamless transacting and account management.
Farouk Gumel, Chairman WACOT and Board Chair, Union Bank was on ground in Kebbi State to kick-off the drive and paid a visit to the Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to discuss expanding the programme state-wide.
In his recent keynote address at the recently concluded and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Conference, Mr. Gumel said:
 “As we work towards achieving financial inclusion to reach the unbanked, we must commit the same resources and investments to rural-local customers as we have done to urban-global clients to help create the growth that will lift us all to collective prosperity.”
WACOT Rice is a subsidiary of TGI Group. TGI Group, through another of its subsidiary Titan Trust Bank, recently acquired Union Bank in a landmark transaction which was announced in 2021.

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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS VERVE INTERNATIONAL, MAKES CUSTOMERS MILLIONAIRES IN THE FIRSTBANK VERVE CARD PROMO

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In partnership with FirstBank – Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider – Verve International, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, has launched its third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with exciting gifts and cash prizes to appreciate their patronage and use of the card to carry-out their electronic banking transactions.

The ongoing 2-month promo will end on 30 October 2022 as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each. Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

On the other hand, 2620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10% cashback capped at N2,000 per customer.

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank said “we appreciate our partnership with Verve Card through the years; a partnership of empowerment and opportunities which include growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment. FirstBank verve card holders are encouraged to keep using their cards as it is a card offering that promotes safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.”

Verve card is a secure debit card that allows cardholders to conveniently meet their daily financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc. Verve card is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria.

The promo is also opened to new verve cardholders as non-verve cardholders are encouraged to visit the nearest FirstBank branch today to pick up a Verve card and start getting rewarded!

Only recently, FirstBank – in partnership with Verve – rewarded over 2601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize, N10,000 cash prize, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.

 

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Federal Government Orders University Vice-Chancellors To Reopen Schools, Begin Lectures Amid 7 Months Lecturers’ Strike

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The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The Nigerian government has directed vice-chancellors to re-open universities and allow students to resume lectures immediately.

The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

 

The letter which The PUNCH obtained on Monday, was reportedly addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

 

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.

We had reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.

 

It reported that the umbrella body of the lecturers in public universities had declared a warning strike on February 14, to force the Nigerian Government to implement agreements it earlier signed with the union.

 

The agreement stipulated how university education would be funded for better improvement.

 

The strike has since rolled over and is now in its seventh month following the government’s failure to implement all the agreements.

 

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.

 

Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.

 

The government through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

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