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ZENITH BANK SUSTAINS GROWTH TRAJECTORY WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN GROSS EARNINGS IN H1 2022

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In a clear demonstration of its industry leadership and consistency in providing superior financial returns, Zenith Bank Plc has announced its audited results for the half-year ended 30 June 2022, recording an astounding double-digit growth of 17% in gross earnings from N346 billion reported in H1 2021 to N405 billion in H1 2022.  This is in spite of a very challenging macroeconomic environment.

According to the bank’s audited half-year financial results presented to the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) on Tuesday, 23rd August 2022, this growth was underpinned by a 19% YoY growth in interest income from NGN204 billion to NGN242 billion and an 18% YoY growth in non-interest income from NGN127 billion to NGN149 billion. The growth in interest income was driven by the modest increase in the loan book and improved interest margins. The increase in non-interest income attests to the Group’s success in its income diversification strategy.

Profit before tax (PBT) grew 11% year-on-year (YoY) from NGN117 billion to NGN130 billion. Earnings per share (EPS) also grew from NGN3.38 to NGN3.55 over the same 6-month period.

The Group also recorded an 11% year-to-date (YtD) increase in total customer deposits to close the period at NGN7.15 trillion. The retail strategy of the Group continues to deliver outstanding results as retail deposits grew by 17% YtD from NGN1.82 trillion to NGN2.13 trillion. Retail activities also supported the growth recorded in fees on electronic products which grew by 45% YoY from NGN17 billion to NGN25 billion.

Despite the elevated yield environment, the cost of funds increased only marginally from 1.3% in June 2021 to 1.4% in June 2022. The increase in the cost of funds was lower than the increase in yields on interest-generating assets, giving rise to an improved Net Interest Margin (NIM) of 7.1% from 6.4% in June 2021.

Total assets rose to NGN10.12 trillion at the end of June 2022 from NGN9.45 trillion at the end of December 2021. Despite the headwinds imposed by the operating environment, the Group grew its risk assets as gross loans grew by 5% YtD, from NGN3.5 trillion to NGN3.7 trillion. This was achieved at a moderate NPL ratio of 4.4% (FYE 2021: 4.2%) and cost of risk of 1.4% (June 2021: 1.3%). Prudential ratios such as liquidity and capital adequacy also remained stable and well-above regulatory thresholds at 60.5% and 21.0% respectively.

The Group is focused on advancing its digital banking strategy anchored on a strong technology base, and intends to consolidate on the gains achieved in prior years across all business segments. Combined with the Group’s industry leadership, we expect this to drive improved performance and deliver enhanced returns to stakeholders.

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performance has continued to earn the brand numerous awards, including being recognised as Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital, for the 13th consecutive year, in the 2022 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking published by The Banker Magazine; Best Bank in Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria 2021 and 2022 in the World Finance Banking Awards; Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2022; Best in Corporate Governance ‘Financial Services’ Africa, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, by the Ethical Boardroom; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation In Retail Banking, Nigeria in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards.  Also, the Bank emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021, Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020 and Retail Bank of the year at the BusinessDayBanks and Other Financial Institutions (BOFI) Awards 2020 and 2021.

Similarly, Zenith Bank was honoured as Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020 and emerged winner in four categories at the Sustainability, Enterprise, and Responsibility (SERAS) Awards 2021, carting home the awards for “Best Company in Reporting and Transparency”, “Best Company in Infrastructure Development”, “Best Company in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”, and the coveted “Most Responsible Organisation in Africa.

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TANKER ACCIDENT : LASTMA RESCUE ANOTHER 4 ACCIDENT VICTIMS INSIDE TRICYCLES AT IKOTUN, LAGOS

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…Tricycle driver with one passenger died instantly.

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) today rescued another 4 fatal accident victims inside mini commercial buses (tricycles) around Ikotun area of Lagos.

The accident which occurred around 12:30 pm today involved a fully loaded container truck (JJJ 125) and 4 mini commercial buses (tricycles) with registration nos (LSD 83 QM), (AKD 690 QK) & (AKL 87 QF)

The driver of one of the mini commercial bus (tricycle) with one passenger died instantly.

Those four (4) rescued accident victims by Lastma personnel were 2 pregnant women and 2 children.

Lastma personnel immediately handed over those rescued victims to Police men from Ikotun Police Station who took them to General Hospital for treatment.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed that the fully loaded container truck (JJJ 125) had a brake failure and crushed 3 tricycles by a valley around synagogue when going towards Ikotun.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) immediately moved the tanker with those crushed tricycles to Ikotun Police Station

Other emergency responders including the Nigerian Police men from Ikotun Police Station were at the scene of the accident.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba however warned tanker owners and drivers to always ensure that their trucks are properly checked and in good conditions before embarking on any journey.

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LIRS Boss, Ayodele Subair, Bags Vanguard’s Public Sector Icon Award

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Mr Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has been conferred with the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the year at the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, January 27, 2023.

The glamorous ceremony chaired by Mrs Ajoritsedere Awosika, Chairman of Access Bank, is an annual event where eminent personalities who have distinguished themselves in professional excellence and service to humanity in the private and public sectors are honoured.

According to the organizer of the event, Vanguard Newspaper Limited, the LIRS boss, Subair, was conferred with the special award in recognition of his magic wand in the Lagos state tax revolution during the last seven years of being in office.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS, Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Receiving the award, alongside some of the LIRS directors, Subair expressed gratitude to the Vanguard Newspapers’ management for finding him worthy to be selected for the honour.

“I must thank the chairman and management of Vanguard Newspapers. They’ve been there as the vanguard leading the way in developments and new ideas for many years. To be on top is not very easy. They are one of the best newspaper organisations in Nigeria. I say kudos to them.”

Speaking further, Subair noted; “I feel very proud about our achievements at LIRS. It’s not just about me. It is about LIRS, the management, the directors, and staff, including most importantly, His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his immense support and encouragement. Also, the Lagos State House of Assembly, the Judiciary and all stakeholders that have contributed to our success.”

Commenting on the impact of the award, the LIRS chairman said it had thrown the agency up for more good work.

He said the agency is happy to be contributing to the development of Lagos State and humanity. According to him, “Without mobilization of funds, there can’t be any meaningful development.”

Born on May 21, 1960, Subair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, member of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, and the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria, BRIPAN.

Prior to his appointment in 2016, the internally generated revenue, IGR, by the LIRS, hovered around N240 billion, but with his astute knowledge and experience in accounting and taxation, Subair has increased revenue generation to N427 billion, nearly doubling the initial revenue at the start of his tenure.

Subair has introduced various innovative measures to shove up the tax revolution in Lagos State, which included the introduction of e-Tax, which has resulted in a faster turn-around time for tax processes, improved transparency, and increased taxpayer self-service.

At the prestigious Award night, aside from the LIRS boss, other eminent Nigerians were conferred with different categories of awards, including the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who won the Personality of the Year Award.

Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Seyi Makinde of Oyo emerged as Vanguard Newspaper 2022 governors of the year. Also honoured were, Chairman of NDLEA, General Buba Mara (rtd), Founder/CEO Techno Oil, Nkechi Obi, Ray Ekpu and Mohammed Bello Koko, CEO, Nigerian Port Authority among others.

Earlier, speaking at the award ceremony, General Manager/Ediro-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspaper, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said that for a decade, Vanguard Newspaper has continued to recognize Nigeria’s most distinguished individuals for excellence, national pride and service to humanity.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, former President Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman, Coleman Wire and Cables presenting the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the Year Award to Ayodele Subair, (middle) Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos


Adefaye noted that these individuals in business, politics and other facets of human endeavours have not only achieved great success but have been responsible corporate citizens, impacting society and the environment. “They have been innovative and forward thinking and have taken bold steps to shape the future of their industries and served with integrity and dedication to improve the nation “There are numerous ways to make a positive influence, whether by volunteering our time, closing market gaps, spearheading innovation, being a model citizen or simply lending a helping hand to people in need’’ he said.

Hosted by actress and television presenter, Zainab Balogun and her male colleague, Deyemi Okanlawon, the ceremony had in attendance society’s Crème de la crème including captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, businessmen, and women businesswomen, media personalities as well as members of the culture and creative industry.

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LIRS Boss, Ayodele Subair, Bags Vanguard’s Public Sector Icon Award 2022

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Mr Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has been conferred with the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the year at the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, January 27, 2023.

The glamorous ceremony chaired by Mrs Ajoritsedere Awosika, Chairman of Access Bank, is an annual event where eminent personalities who have distinguished themselves in professional excellence and service to humanity in the private and public sectors are honoured.

According to the organizer of the event, Vanguard Newspaper Limited, the LIRS boss, Subair, was conferred with the special award in recognition of his magic wand in the Lagos state tax revolution during the last seven years of being in office.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS, Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Receiving the award, alongside some of the LIRS directors, Subair expressed gratitude to the Vanguard Newspapers’ management for finding him worthy to be selected for the honour.

“I must thank the chairman and management of Vanguard Newspapers. They’ve been there as the vanguard leading the way in developments and new ideas for many years. To be on top is not very easy. They are one of the best newspaper organisations in Nigeria. I say kudos to them.”

Speaking further, Subair noted; “I feel very proud about our achievements at LIRS. It’s not just about me. It is about LIRS, the management, the directors, and staff, including most importantly, His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his immense support and encouragement. Also, the Lagos State House of Assembly, the Judiciary and all stakeholders that have contributed to our success.”

Commenting on the impact of the award, the LIRS chairman said it had thrown the agency up for more good work.

He said the agency is happy to be contributing to the development of Lagos State and humanity. According to him, “Without mobilization of funds, there can’t be any meaningful development.”

Born on May 21, 1960, Subair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, member of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, and the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria, BRIPAN.

Prior to his appointment in 2016, the internally generated revenue, IGR, by the LIRS, hovered around N240 billion, but with his astute knowledge and experience in accounting and taxation, Subair has increased revenue generation to N427 billion, nearly doubling the initial revenue at the start of his tenure.

Subair has introduced various innovative measures to shove up the tax revolution in Lagos State, which included the introduction of e-Tax, which has resulted in a faster turn-around time for tax processes, improved transparency, and increased taxpayer self-service.

At the prestigious Award night, aside from the LIRS boss, other eminent Nigerians were conferred with different categories of awards, including the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who won the Personality of the Year Award.

Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Seyi Makinde of Oyo emerged as Vanguard Newspaper 2022 governors of the year. Also honoured were, Chairman of NDLEA, General Buba Mara (rtd), Founder/CEO Techno Oil, Nkechi Obi, Ray Ekpu and Mohammed Bello Koko, CEO, Nigerian Port Authority among others.

Earlier, speaking at the award ceremony, General Manager/Ediro-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspaper, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said that for a decade, Vanguard Newspaper has continued to recognize Nigeria’s most distinguished individuals for excellence, national pride and service to humanity.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, former President Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman, Coleman Wire and Cables presenting the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the Year Award to Ayodele Subair, (middle) Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos


Adefaye noted that these individuals in business, politics and other facets of human endeavours have not only achieved great success but have been responsible corporate citizens, impacting society and the environment. “They have been innovative and forward thinking and have taken bold steps to shape the future of their industries and served with integrity and dedication to improve the nation “There are numerous ways to make a positive influence, whether by volunteering our time, closing market gaps, spearheading innovation, being a model citizen or simply lending a helping hand to people in need’’ he said.

Hosted by actress and television presenter, Zainab Balogun and her male colleague, Deyemi Okanlawon, the ceremony had in attendance society’s Crème de la crème including captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, businessmen, and women businesswomen, media personalities as well as members of the culture and creative industry.

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