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‘Bank Directors Poorly Paid In Nigeria’

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Non-executive directors of banks in Nigeria are poorly paid, a survey conducted by the Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) for Bank Directors Association of Nigeria (BDAN), has revealed.

The survey was commissioned by BDAN to develop a remuneration framework for non-executive directors of banks (NEDs) in Nigeria.

Presenting the report at a business luncheon organised by the Association for banks’ chairmen and send off party for retired council members, FITC Managing Director, Dr. (Mrs.) Lucy Newman said, “From FITC findings, remuneration payable to the NEDs of banks are mostly fixed by each bank. This is probably a reason for the distinct concern among the respondents, that their remuneration be increased.”

BDAN President, Olor’ogun Sonny Kuku while presenting the report of the survey to banks’ chairmen said, “It is very clear that bank directors are very poorly remunerated, especially for the level of work they do.”

He said the report of the survey would be sent to all the banks through their chairmen, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with the hope that it would be basis for determining directors’ remuneration in the banking industry.

Receiving the report on behalf of banks’ chairmen, Chairman, Diamond Bank Plc, and the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, said that he agrees with the findings of the report that directors are underpaid and overworked. “I know how much time directors spend to do the work. I can confirm that from personal experience”, he said.

The luncheon was attended by past council members of the Association and key banking personalities, including Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, former Chairman of UBA and immediate past President of BDAN, Mrs Moronkeji Onasanya, former Chairman, Skye Bank and past president of BDAN,   and Chief John Odeyemi, former Chairman Ecobank PLC, past vice president of BDAN and Past President Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mine and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

Others are Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, Sir. Steve Omojafor, Chairman, UBA, Chief Israel Ogbue, Chairman, Diamond Bank Plc, and the Obi of Onitsha, HRM Igwe Nnaemeka A. Achebe   and Chief Bolarinde, chairman, Wema Bank.

In addition to the presentation of the survey report, the luncheon featured the launching of the official newsletter of the Association by the immediate past President of BDAN, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba.

Banks chairmen and stakeholders at the luncheon commended the findings of the survey as a laudable contribution to the banking industry in the country.

Former Managing Director, FITC, Dr. Oladimeji Alo commended the report saying that participants at a seminar for directors had once suggested a benchmark for what the fees of non-executive directors of banks should be and we tried to index it at that time with the pay of chief executives offices and executive directors, and that it should be based on time commitment of directors to the job.

Former Vice President, BDAN, Chief John Odeyemi also affirmed the findings of the report, saying the duties of banks’ directors are huge, and such enormous duty should not be compensated with small remuneration. He charged banks’ chairmen to use the survey effectively because when bank directors are well remunerated, Nigeria and the banking industry would be better for it.’’

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More Youths Engage In Artisanal Refining

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As unemployment bites harder amidst rising cost of living, more youths in rural communities in Rivers State are now going into artisanal refining business to earn a living.
The Tide reliably gathered that some youths residing in Port Harcourt City were gradually moving to rural communities for bunkering business otherwise known as ‘kpo-fire’ 
Narrating his experience to The Tide, Mr Godwin Ibeneme who resides in Rumuekini in Akpor, said he was introduced into the kpor-fire business by his father.
Ibeneme, who hails from Ibaa/ Obelle area of Emohua Local Government Area, said his father compelled him to join other youths who were thriving in the business in the community.
“My father came to my house here in Rumuekini, and told me to come to the village, that other young men are making it through kpo-fire’ bunkering since I have lost my job.
“ I didn’t waste time to give it a trial, because I had really looked for what to do, since I lost my job at a fast-food company. Since then, I can tell you that I have been taking care of myself, unlike before when everything looked hopeless”, he explained.
The Tide also learnt that the kpo-fire’ business was currently thriving in Isiokpo axis of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
A resident of the community who pleaded anonymity, told The Tide that there was a high level of discrimination in the business.
According to him, he decided to engage himself at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, to hustle for his daily bread, instead of staying idle.
The Tide recalls that the Federal Government had promised to build modular refineries in the Niger Delta region since 2019 as an alternative to illegal oil bunkering in the region as well as to create employment for the youth. 
The Tide also reports that three years after the promise was made, nothing has been done in that regard.

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Oyigbo Cassava Plant, Legacy Project   -Akawor

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Amb. Desmond Akawor, says the cassava plant project, being executed by the Rivers State Government in Oyigbo is a legacy project that will generate huge employment for Rivers people.
He said the project was well thought out and would stand the test of time to tackle unemployment as well as ensure food availability in the state.
Akawor made the remarks during an interaction with journalists at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the cassava plant which was supposed to be executed by the previous administrations, was initially planned to be a joint venture between the state government and some organisations, but that the other partners did not pay their counterpart funding.
“The steps taken by the Wike-led administration to bring this project to life without the counterpart funding is commendable, because of the huge economic benefits it will give to the state.
“Many people have also been employed at the construction sites of flyovers being executed by Julius Berger. Eighty percent of those working there are indigenes, while the company provides the expatriates”, he said.
The  PDP chairman also hinted on the plans of the state government to privatise the Buguma fish farm and banana farm, among others, so as to make them more viable.
He said that the state government had not abandoned the projects initiated by the previous administration, but was thinking on what to do with them. 
Akawor maintained that the employment of 5,000 persons into the civil service was still ongoing, saying the government is only taking time to ensure that indigenes of the state are employed.

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PH Airport Resumes Skeletal International Flight Operations

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Skeletal flight operations have resumed at the international wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
This follows the lifting of the curfew that was imposed in the state by the Rivers State Government to check cases of insecurity in the state.
The Tide’s checks show that many of the airlines that operate international flights are yet to resume flight operations, even though the coast is clear for them to resume operations.
The Cronaux Airline, it was gathered, is the only airline at the moment that has fully resumed international flight.
Other airlines that operate at the international wing, like the Lufthansa Airline, Turkish Airline, and Ethiopian Airline are yet to resume operations. 
The Acting Head of Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Kunle Akinbode, confirmed the resumption of international flight operations at the airport, last Friday, saying the international wing is now open for international airlines to operate.
He explained that the curfew that was imposed in the state delayed the resumption of international flights operations, even when issues of Covid-19 standard protocols had been addressed.
“Now that the curfew is over and the international wing is open for flight operations, it is left for each of the airlines to work out its own schedule for operations.
“It will not be the duty of the airport management to sort things out for them and know when to resume. I know that some have started. Lufthansa has said they will resume next month, August”, Akinbode said.
The Tide reports that the international wing of the Port Harcourt Airport had been shut since the Covid-19 lockdown, and did not reopen when other international airports in Lagos, Abuja and Kano among others reopened for international operations.

Stories by Corlins Walter

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