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OANDO PLC HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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-Shareholders applauded Wale Tinubu led Management

Oando plc has finally successfully concluded it’s long-awaited 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the Wings Office Complex, Victoria Island, Lagos, the meeting was held today  Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The company’s AGM comes in the wake of an out-of-court settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) who hitherto, suspended the company’s AGM in 2019.

In line with COVID restrictions on large gatherings, shareholders were represented by proxies of their various associations at the AGM. Leaders of the various shareholders and proxies, including Engr. Patrick Ajudua, Alhaji Kabiru Tambari and Boniface Okezie, were united in their support for the company and applauded the management team for resolving its dispute with the regulator, thereby enabling them gain oversight into the company’s activities.

They further encouraged management to keep up the good work and focus on creating value for shareholders.

In his address and response to shareholders observations and inquiries by those present and streaming the event live, the Chief Executive, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, commented on the financials and quarterlies pending release and publishing since 2018.

He stated that the publishing of three quarterly results in 2019 was underway but it was eventually suspended due to the fact that under the SEC regulations, quarterlies cannot be published in the absence of an audited base.

Furthermore, he assured that over the next six months, there would be rapid disclosure information as the company would be rounding up with the audit and release of the financials from 2019 to 2020, after which the company will be prepared and ready to be compliant by June of 2022 to provide 2021 financials as at when due.

In his comment, he stated that, upon the approval of “the 2019 financials, the quarterlies will be released immediately, the audits will be completed and the notice for the 2020 financials to be done will be published, so that the quarterlies for 2020 can be released.”

Other resolutions passed at the AGM include the re-election of directors, the election of members of the audit committee and the approval of non-executive directors’ remuneration.

Three (3) directors were re-elected by shareholders present and through proxy, including HRM Oba M.A. Gbadebo. The annual remuneration of the Chairman was fixed at N5 million, while for other non-executive directors, it was fixed at N4 million.

A resolution was also passed to give directors the mandate to authorize transactions with related parties and interested persons. In addition, Ernst and Young was re-appointed as auditors of the company.

Speaking at the AGM, Patrick Ajudua said: “I thank the management of Oando for remaining resilient during the trying period. They worked tirelessly to see us through these issues. It is in light of this that we, the shareholders, are delighted and supportive of the management.”

All resolutions passed at the AGM were approved including the re-appointment of Ernst and Young as auditors, the Directors were authorized to fix the auditors remuneration; election of Dr. Ainojie Irune to the Board of Directors; re-election of HRM M.A. Gbadebo (CFR), Mr. Olufemi Adeyemo and Mr. Tanimu Yakubu as Directors; election of audit committee members, and approval of the remuneration of non-Executive Directors.

One topic that resonated with all shareholders at the meeting was the need for dividends in the near future. Speaking on this, Mr. Sunny Nwosu an Oando shareholder said: “The best thing that would happen to us following the resolution of the SEC dispute is to declare a dividend for shareholders. It will be in the interest of shareholders if this is brought up at the next AGM.”

In his response to shareholders’ comments, Adewale Tinubu, the GCE, Oando PLC, said; “Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Passion and Professionalism are things (core values) we take seriously.

Our ethos as a corporation has been driven by these values, and the company has evolved and succeeded year after year. The ultimate test of our capacity to be sustainable is having challenges.

We’re ready to face them and deal with them when they come; ready to ensure that we apply these same principles and maxims in dispute resolution. We appreciate everyone who played an active role in enabling us to reach a resolution with the SEC.”

He assured the shareholders of management’s commitment towards creating value for and protecting the interest of all shareholders.

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FIRSTBANK COMMEMORATES 2022 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY, DEDICATING THE WEEK TO CELEBRATING THE YOUTH

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its commemoration of the 2022 International Youth Day, globally celebrated today, 12 August 2022 and themed “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.” 

 

The International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August, bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. The Day also amplifies the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leave no one behind. 

 

Leading up to the day, the Bank dedicated the week of 8 – 12 August with a lineup of activities to reiterate its commitment to Youth Empowerment.

 

As a Bank renowned for its role in developing the economy through sustainable employment and entrepreneurship endeavours, the 2022 edition of the Youth Week will promote economic empowerment and employment, digital technology, and education as its focus during the celebration.

 

The Youth Week comprises various activities, including a Fashion illustration workshop, Design skill training, Gen Z/Millennial Webinar and many more exciting activities. These activities would give participants opportunities to win various exciting gift items.

 

Under the [email protected] program, the Bank will empower the youths through Artistry Workshop Sessions & Arts Classes. Interested in the art of fashion design and illustrations, visit the Bank’s social media handles – Instagram: @firstbanknigeria, Facebook: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Twitter: @FirstBankngr – for information on how you can be among 10 lucky winners to have the opportunity to learn the business of fashion at Claire Idera fashion studio. 

 

Likewise, the Creative design workshop will enable youths design skill training; design thinking principles and their application in the context of layout, typefaces and colour. Interested youths can also participate on the FirstBank social media handles, where 25 lucky winners will be selected to learn the Art of Design at Geneza School of Designs.

 

Commemorating the Youth Week, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank said: ‘’We remain committed to celebrating the younger demography whose voices, actions, vigour, and tireless participation in the political, economic, and social activities have continued to birth major contributions towards the sustainable development of Africa and the world at large. The planned activities will promote better collaboration and solidarity across generations to foster successful and equitable relationships, and partnerships thereby ensuring “no one is left behind” and empowering everyone to leverage their full potential toward achieving the much-desired Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

This Youth demography has a striking significance for us at FirstBank with the Millennials and Gen Zs constituting almost 60% of our workforce. This shows that youths are an integral part of our organisation and every country where we operate”, he concluded.

 

For more information and participation in the Youth Week, kindly visit the bank’s verified social media platforms; Instagram: @firstbanknigeria, Facebook: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Twitter: @FirstBankngr

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BUA CHAIRMAN, ABDUL SAMAD RABIU GIFTS FG 10BILLION NAIRA AS SECURITY SUPPORT FUND THROUGH HIS ASR AFRICA AS HE VISITS BUHARI

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Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari today in Abuja, to update him and to thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of a N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria..”

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BITFINEX HANGOUT LECTURES ATTENDEES ON THE PROSPECTS OF BTC

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Bitfinex is one of the top and oldest trading platforms in the world. It is a trading platform for sophisticated and professional traders. After millions of secured transactions carried out on Bitfinex, communities have emerged from various parts of the world. These communities have expanded to multiple professionals helping each other grow on their crypto journey.

Time out in Bitfinex was created by and for the African community and it was graced with the attendance of two crypto industry leaders, Chuta Chimezie, the founder of Blockchain Nigeria User Group, and Linda I.A Obi founder of Techonomy.

The event began with a welcome and Introduction by Paolo Ardoino, the Chief Technology Officer for Bitfinex. Linda I.A Obi spoke on the inclusion and diversity of female representation in crypto-trading, crypto-trading techniques for beginners and advanced traders and she also shared the pros of trading with Bitfinex.

Chuta gave an insight on trading and blockchain in particular. He spoke about crypto in Africa and the need to position yourself rightly in the space by acquiring as many relevant skills as possible. Members of the community asked the speakers questions and were able to learn and gain a balanced view of the cryptocurrency industry as a whole and its future.

We are really excited that Bitfinex is finally coming to Africa.

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