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Minister Tasks NDIC On Depositors’ Protection

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Members of NULGE, Rivers State on protest to the Rivers State House of Assembly on the House support to the Local Government Autonomy in the Nigerian Constiution amendment. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Members of NULGE, Rivers State on protest to the Rivers State House of Assembly on the House support to the Local Government Autonomy in the Nigerian Constiution amendment. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

The Minister of State for FCT, Mr Bashir Yuguda, has called on the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) to ensure continued depositors’ protection and sound financial system in Nigeria.
Yuguda made the call during the NDIC’s 25th anniversary gala night on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, the NDIC must ensure that they put in place proactive mechanisms to ensure continued depositors protection, safe and sound financial system.
Yuguda said that the falling oil price and devaluation of the naira in Nigeria was already having effect on the 2015 budget.
He said that Nigerians should come together to support the government in ensuring that the situation was contained to a minimal effect.
“It is unfortunate to note that the falling oil price has already begun to take a toll on us and the value of the naira battling to remain at a reasonable level.
“It is therefore our collective responsibility to support government and all its agencies involved.
“This is to ensure that the current situation is contained with minimal effect to the welfare of the generality of our people,” he said.
He called on the NDIC as well as other regulators to always rise up to the various challenges faced by the country.
Yuguda commended the corporation on the awards, saying it was a testament to NDIC’s commitment to excellence in the discharge of its mandate and roles as deposit insurer.
The Chairman of NDIC Board, Dr Hassan Adamu, said the corporation had risen to the various banking crises and had striven to keep abreast with the core principles of deposit insurance sector.
Adamu said that the various awards received by the NDIC had shown that the high performance by the corporation had been recognised not just locally but internationally.
He urged the staff of the corporation to rededicate themselves toward achieving NDIC ‘s mandate.
The Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Mr. Jones Onyereri said that NDIC had played a very critical role in the economy of Nigeria and it would continue to do so.
“The role played by NDIC in the last financial crises cannot be overemphasised and we as a nation are grateful to it for rising up to the challenge at that time,” he said.
He said that the National Assembly was in the process of passing a new NDIC act which would allow the corporation to be more proactive in their duties.
He said that the NDIC Amendment Bill 2014 allowed them to participate actively with the CBN in monitoring the status of insured depositors in other to minimise failure of insured institutions.
On changes in the financial institutions, especially in the banking sector and risk profiles of banks and technology development, Onyereri said it was imperative that enabling laws of regulatory institutions be reviewed regularly.
Earlier, the Managing Director, NDIC, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, said the NDIC would continue to do its best to discharge their mandate so that the banking sector would continue to strive.
He commended the efforts of the people present at the dinner and the staff of NDIC on their cooperation toward moving the corporation forward.
The event was also attended by dignitaries and stakeholders in the banking sector.

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CBN Releases N756bn To Over 3m Farmers To Boost Food Security

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says it has released the sum of N756.51 billion to 3,734,938 small holder farmers, cultivating 4.6 million hectares of land, to boost the Federal Government’s food security initiative.
Mr Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor, made this known while presenting a communiqué from the bank’s recently held, 280th meeting of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).
Emefiele said that N120.24 billion of the sum was extended for the 2021 wet season to 627,051 farmers for 847,484 hectares of land, under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).
“The sum of N121.57 billion was disbursed to 32,617 beneficiaries.
“For the Targeted Credit Facility (TCF), N318.17 billion was released to 679,422 beneficiaries, comprising 572,189 households and 107,233 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs),’’ he said.
Emefiele revealed that the apex bank also expended huge sums in its youth investment scheme, to empower Nigerian youths, and to reduce unemployment by providing to the creative sector and Information Technology.
“Under the National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), the Bank released N3.0 billion to 7,057 beneficiaries, of which 4,411 were individuals and 2,646 SMEs.
“Under the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), N3.22 billion was disbursed to 356 5 beneficiaries across movie production, movie distribution, software development, fashion, and IT verticals,’’ he said.
The CBN Governor also revealed that the apex bank had invested close to N1trillion to boost the real sector of the economy, covering 251 real sector projects.
He said that the bank’s intervention also spanned health sector support initiatives and electricity distribution.
“Under the N1.0 trillion Real Sector Facility, the Bank released N923.41 billion to 251 real sector projects, of which 87 were in light manufacturing, 40 in agro-based industry, 32 in services and 11 in mining.
“On the N100 billion, Healthcare Sector Intervention Facility (HSIF), N98.41 billion was disbursed for 103 health care projects, of which, 26 are pharmaceuticals and 77 are in the hospital services.
“Similarly, the sum of N232.54 million was disbursed to five beneficiaries under the CBN Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention (Grant) Scheme (HSRDIS) for the development of testing kits and devices for COVID-19 and Lassa Fever.
“On the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP), N36.04 billion was disbursed to 17 Meter Asset Providers to nine Distribution Companies (DisCos), for the procurement and installation of 657,562 electricity meters,’’ Emefiele said.

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Siat Assures Host Communities Of Fair Deal … Offers 15 Varsity Students Scholarships

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As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to its host communities, an agro-allied company located in Rivers State, Siat Nigeria Limited, has assured that it would continue to cater for the wellbeing and needs of the indigenes of the communities where it is doing business even as it has offered undergraduate scholarship awards to 15 students from the areas.
The company, which gave the assurance during the presentation of scholarship awards to the students at its corporate headquarters in Ubima Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area recently, said it would continue to promote a harmonious working relationship with its host communities and strive as much as possible to contribute to their growth and development.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr Felix Nwabuko, who gave the indication in an address during the company’s this year’s undergraduate scholarship programme, said the scholarship initiative is just one of the corporate social responsibility lined up by the company for its host communities.
According to him, the university scholarship award is intended to assist and encourage students of the host communities in the areas of Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Accounting and Engineering.
While congratulating the beneficiary students on their success during the scholarship examination, Nwabuko noted that they are by this award, ambassadors of not only their communities but Siat Nigeria Limited, and urged them to exhibit good behaviour throughout the duration of their university education.
“It is our fervent belief that the beneficiaries will avail themselves of this singular opportunity and study hard to become good citizens of not only the communities they came from but the society at large”, he said.
Nwabuko commended the government at both the state and local levels for providing the enabling environment for the company’s operations as well as the peace the firm has enjoyed from the host communities.
He noted with delight that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and its associated harsh economic effects, Siat Nigeria Limited did not lay off its workers like other companies including banks, stressing that it was because the company took into consideration the excellent relationship and goodwill it has with the host communities.
The beneficiaries of the scholarship were drawn from the company’s Ubima and Elele estates.
The first round of the scholarship programme took place in 2016 and the beneficiaries, according to the company, have all graduated.

By: Donatus Ebi

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AKK Project Will Enhance Gas Utilisation For Industrialisation – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari says successful completion of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK Project in 2023 would enhance domestic gas utilisation as the mainstay for national industrialisation.
Buhari stated this at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Gas Sector Stakeholders (AKK) Forum organised by the Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria (GACN) yesterday in Kano.
He was represented by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.
“Today’s event reinforces our commitments to realizing the inherent potentials of gas usage as a national catalyst for achieving economic diversification from crude oil and as transition period to the renewable energy,” he said.
He revealed that the project would also increase government revenue and create more jobs opportunities for the unemployed Nigerians.
The President said that many companies had been shut down due to power supply problem across the country.
He explained that it would take two to three years to reactivate those industries to their optimal performance.
Buhari also said that the Federal Government has reduced the price of gas from 2 dollars 50 cents to 2 dollars 18 Cents.
“Let me use this medium to announce that following successful negotiations between Federal Government of Nigeria and organized unions, the price of gas has been reduced from $2.50 Cents to $2.18 Cents, with immediate effects,” he said.
He said that all the relevant stakeholders had been communicated on the issue.
Also speaking, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, said that the AKK project had been on the drawing board for the past 30 years.
Kyari said when completed, it would provide enough gas for both domestic and export purposes.
“Nigeria has huge gas resources, gas means prosperity and delivering gas is an opportunity creation,” he said.
He pointed out that the project would revive about 232 industries along AKK corridor.
In his remarks, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero, commended the Federal Government for the project, which he said, would also assist to enhance socioeconomic activities in the state.

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