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LAGOSIANS CAN NOW OWN THEIR HOMES – LBIC BOSS

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Lagos Building Investment Company Plc (LBIC) has expressed its readiness to work with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration by keying into the T.H.E.M.E.S. developmental agenda of Lagos State, especially in the area of affordable housing for Lagosians.

Speaking to journalists after paying a courtesy visit to Governor Sanwo-Olu at Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday, the Chairman, Board of Directors of LBIC, Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran, said the Lagos State-owned company would build a framework to support the State Government in delivering its promises to the citizens.

He said: “We are on a courtesy call on Mr. Governor. First, to appreciate him for giving us the opportunity to serve and also to share with him our vision and programmes, and how we want to work with the government to key into the developmental agenda of Lagos State.

“As LBIC, we understand that housing is at the root of all the programmes of Lagos State and we have a programme in place. First is to focus on our core business, which is mortgage banking. Recently, Lagos State returned to National Housing Fund (NHF) and we are grateful that the state government has appointed our bank – LBIC – as the sole mortgage provider, so we are the default mortgage provider for all civil servants in Lagos State.

“So we are creating the framework to implement that. We already have funding from the Federal Mortgage Bank of N1billion and we need to begin to see how civil servants in Lagos State will be able to access that funding and own their homes.”

He also disclosed that LBIC has an ongoing 340,000 housing units project in Surulere, which will add to the stock of housing in Lagos State and further reduce the housing deficit in the State.

He said: “We have started a PPP programme. The other element of our programme is to unlock value in our assets, which is sitting, either as our own direct asset or Lagos State Government asset. Already we have a programme ongoing now at Surulere, being 340,000 housing units, which will add to the stock of housing in Lagos State and further reduce the deficit.

“So as a board, we understand that significance of our role and our plan is to work with management to ensure that we build a framework that enables us to support the Lagos State Government and delivery on its promise to the citizens.”

Also speaking the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of LBIC, Mr. Tobi Lawal, said the company would provide mortgage for housing in Lagos State, particularly for civil servants and citizens of Lagos State.

He said: “For us, there is a revolving fund which Mr Governor just mentioned. This fund is going to be created in such a way that people, particularly the civil servants will have access to money, facility to buy those houses that they like to buy and in such a way that the proceed of that sale will be invested in building another housing for other people.

“So for us as a primary mortgage bank, we are ready to perform our role in this regard and I can assure you that not only in terms of money that we are providing, even speed, that the process be so fast. So the housing you need today, the money is paid yesterday. So I am using this medium to appeal to every citizen who wants a house of their own that they should come to LBIC for the needed mortgage facility.”

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FIRSTBANK’S CEO, ADESOLA ADEDUNTAN, BAGS FORBES BEST OF AFRICA AWARD

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Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Dr.  Adesola Adeduntan, has been honoured with the Forbes Best of Africa Award. The award presentation was held on Friday, 11 September 2020 at a virtual event by Forbes in conjunction with the Foreign Investment Network (FIN).

 

The online roundtable discussion themed “Harnessing the financial resources and social capital of philanthropy to making a lasting impact” was supported by the World Philanthropy Network and featured a keynote address by former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR). The opening remarks was presented by Mrs. Olayinka Fayomi, Chairman, Foreign Investment Network (FIN).

 

Other award honourees were Captain (Dr.) Idahosa Wells Okunbo, CEO of Ocean Marine Security Ltd; Mahmood Ahmadu (OON), Founder and Executive Chairman of Online Integrated Solutions Ltd. Her Excellency Badria Al Mulla, Chairman, International Emirates Business Group (IEBG) was honoured with the FIN Award.

 

The discussions at the event were by Baroness Osamor Martha, Incumbent Member of Parliament, UK; H. E. Prince Dapo Abiodun, Executive Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria; Sir. Chief Kessington Adebutu, Chairman, Premier Lotto and H.E Zulfiquar Ghadiyali, Director at the Royal Office of Sheikh Tahnoon Al Nayhan Abu Dhabi; Mrs. Onikepo Akande, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Nigeria, amongst many others. The closing remarks was by Mr. Nick Kochan, Managing Partner Foreign Investment Network (FIN).

 

Appreciating his award, Dr. Adeduntan said, “I am truly humbled to receive the Forbes Best of Africa Award and I am grateful to the Forbes team for this coveted recognition and award. I owe profound gratitude to our customers; and to the Board, Management and Staff of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and all our Subsidiaries, for their cooperation in delivering the best to our esteemed customers and shareholders, and ensuring that we give back to the society in which we have sustained our business for over 126 years.”

 

“This Forbes Best of Africa award is an incentive to do more in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability as Africa’s bank of first choice. Therefore, I dedicate this award to my colleagues at FirstBank and its Subsidiaries who are fully committed to our quest to remain truly beyond comparison – a haven of resilience, trust, safety, security, excellent corporate governance, entrepreneurship, professionalism, innovation and customer-centricity,“ he enthused.

 

According to a statement by Forbes “Adesola Adeduntan believes strongly in the importance of doing well by doing good. In March 2020 he spoke at the Edinburgh School of Business about financial institutions’ role as drivers of financial inclusion.”

“In his leadership role at First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), Adeduntan is part of a 126-year legacy of sustained development-oriented services. FirstBank is the region’s foremost financial inclusion services provider.”

 

The Forbes Best of Africa Award is for business personalities with a record of creating and building great global businesses that have made far-reaching contributions to the development of Africa.

Only recently the FirstBank Chief was conferred with The Cranfield Alumnus 2020 Award by Cranfield School of Management Alumni and The African Banking Personality of the Year 2019 by African Leadership Magazine.

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OGUN PLANS BUSINESS-FRIENDLY POLICIES

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As part of efforts to ensure Ogun State maintains its lead as the largest industrial hub in Nigeria, the State government says it will continue to implement various business-friendly policies to improve the Ease of Doing Business in the State.
The State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe made this known at a Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company, Rite Foods Limited, Ososa, Odogbolu Local Government Area of the State during an industrial tour.
Mrs. Longe, in statement signed by her Media Aide, Mr. Ismail Oladipo, noted that the Prince Dapo Abiodun Abiodun-led administration has through its various policies and implementation of different infrastructural projects been addressing the various challenges facing businesses in the State.
“The proactive and concerted efforts of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration to address the challenges facing businesses and make them thrive have birthed different Agencies like the Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency (OGUNINVEST), Ogun State Public Works Agency (OGPWA), Ogun State Enterprise Development Agency as well as the inauguration of the Ogun State Business Environment Council (OGBEC) to thicken the State’s economic base,” she said.
She added that the efforts of these Agencies were already yielding positive results as there are multi-million dollar investments that are about to be commissioned while many more investors  have shown serious interest in setting up factories in the State.
The Commissioner assured that the government was already working on providing relief to industries in the State to help cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses adding that the 50 percent discount on 2020 Land Use Charge paid before the end of September, 2020 is one of the efforts of government in helping businesses at this time.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola called on manufacturers in the State to link up with the Ministry on challenges their organization would require intervention and mediation especially if it has to do with other State Agencies.
The Managing Director, Rite Foods Limited who also doubles as the State Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Seleem Adegunwa lauded the Ministry for “doing a fantastic job in addressing the challenges faced by manufacturers in the State” adding that the success of the last Ogun State MAN quarterly meeting has also been commended by various manufacturers in the State.
He added that the company sources for 90 percent of its raw materials locally while the proportion of expatriates is only one percent in line with its focus as a truly Nigerian company.
 The Executive Secretary, MAN Ogun State branch, Ms. Motunrayo Elegberun also  lauded the Ministry for the success of the MAN quarterly meeting and appealed to the Ministry to help facilitate meetings with other Agencies of government towards addressing challenges facing businesses in the State.
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FBN INSURANCE BROKERS HOSTS WEBINAR TO SENSITISE SMES ON RISK MANAGEMENT AND CYBER SECURITY

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FBN Insurance Brokers Limited, a subsidiary of Nigeria’s leading financial services group, FBN Holdings Plc, has announced a webinar to sensitise SMEs on risk management and cyber security. Spearheading discussions at the webinar are seasoned experts on insurance brokerage, cyber security and risk management.

 

The event is themed Risk Management and Business Continuity amidst COVID19 and scheduled for 10:00am on Thursday, 17 September, 2020.  To participate in the event, click here to register.

 

Olumide Ibidapo, MD/CEO FBN Insurance Brokers will speak on Risk Management; Harrison Nnaji, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), FirstBank will drive conversation on Cyber security and Jamie Eaton, Regional Director, Financial Lines and Client Management, Howden One Insurance Brokers will focus on Cyber Insurance as a risk transfer option for cyber risks.

 

Speaking on the event, Olumide Ibidapo, MD/CEO FBN Insurance Brokers said; “SMEs remain the engine of growth of any economy, especially developing ones like ours and we recognise the indelible roles they play at creating jobs and meeting the economic and social needs of individuals.

 

We are excited with this webinar and implore every business owner to participate, as they will be exposed to very vital information to keep their business afloat and overcome various risks as well as operational challenges, including cyber security threats that have been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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