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African Reinsurance Corporation Records N3bn Profit

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African Reinsurance Cor-poration has announced a profit after tax of N3.028 billion.

The chairman of the company Mr. Musa Al-Nas who announced this at the 31st annual general meeting of the company held in Abuja said the corporation also achieved a turn over of N58.947 billion ($401 million) with shareholders’ funds hitting N32.781 billion at the end of its financial year 2008.

He said that the developments in the corporation showed a remarkable improvement recalling that at the inception in January, 1978, the authorised capital of the corporation was N676.2 million ($46 million) while it recorded premium income of N514.5 million (N3.5 million) at the end of the financial year.

He urged the company’s shareholders to consider beefing up the corporation’s capital base with capital of up to N36.75 billion ($250 million) in 2011and N73.5 billion ($500 million) in 2015 as recommended at its last meeting held in Kigali Rwanda.

He noted that the first ended financial year 2008 was a difficult one, adding that the effects of the global economic crisis could be grievous on the insurance sector if it persists and that there was need for the African Reinsurance Corporation to come up with measures to mitigate the impact.

According to him, “indeed at time when the economic and financial crisis which many believed would spare African due to its marginalisation in the world economy, is still impacting more severely on the poorest regions of the globe and economic operators, the insurance sector, despite its sound financial base could be shaken if the recession continues.

“Indeed, after the failure of a major global merchant bank and the near collapse of a would insurance group, no player irrespective of is geographical and financial size, can feel totally safe from this economic disorder.”

The chairman charged that African Re must extend its marketing network and physical presence to more African territories by completing the projects to establish offices in Luanda (Angola), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) before embarking on new ones.

Currently, the corporation has presence in seven counties namely Casabalanca Nairobi, Abidjan, Johnannesburg, Mauritius, Cairo and Lagos.

“The corporation shall ensure a better diversification of its portfolio by cautiously stretching into the Middle East and Asia, as well as undertaking to promote more “grassroots” products so as fulfill its “social mission” of developing the insurance and reinsurance industry on the African continent, mainly through weather insurance and micro-insurance projects, which it is already fine-tuning in collaboration with other key players, he canvassed.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Remi Babalola who was a special guest of honour expressed belief that the insurance industry could and should contribute more to the economic development of the African continent and the individuals national economies.

According to the Minister, “We can deepen insurance penetration in our countries by making insurance more attractive to our peoples.

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Firm Launches New Radio Campaign For Product

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An oil and gas firm, 11 Plc, has launched a new jingle for its mobil super lubricants.
The firm in a statement recently indicated that it is the sole distributor of Mobil fuel and lubricant brands in Nigeria, noting that the radio campaign was aimed at making the brand Nigerian customers’ choice.
“The campaign, which hit the airwaves three weeks ago, was launched to create fresh awareness for all category users of the premium lubricants during the Easter and Ramadan period and beyond”, the statement said.
According to the firm, Mobil Superbrand is a global family of premium passenger vehicle engine oils that provides different levels of protection to match whatever conditions users of the products may encounter.
The company said its vision was to be the number one business group in Nigeria in terms of sustained service, quality and reliability and the first brand of preference by the consumers whilst conducting operations with high safety standards and environmental compliance.
It added that it aimed to provide the best in class products, services and solutions to customers with a focus on safety and environmental standards.

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Arik Air Explains Flight Cancellation In PH Airport

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Arik Airline has clarified that the incident that resulted in passengers getting stranded at Port Harcourt Airport last Tuesday was due to adverse weather conditions.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Manager of the airline, Adebanji Ola.
Some passengers of the Arik Air had expressed frustration over being left stranded at Port Harcourt Airport after their flight to Lagos was abruptly cancelled.
The affected passengers, scheduled for the flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos State, got upset by the development, and took to social media platforms to express their grievances.
Nevertheless, the airline had in the statement, reiterated its commitment to safety, highlighting its strict policy to avoid flying in inclement weather conditions, which they said had necessitated the cancellation of the affected flight.
It extended its apologies to customers whose travel plans were disrupted by the unforeseen circumstances, reaffirming its dedication to prioritising passenger welfare.
“We are aware of a recent story circulated in social media alleging that passengers were left stranded at Port Harcourt Airport under our care. It is imperative that we provide clarity on this matter to rectify any misconceptions.
“In the evening of Tuesday, April 2, 2024, our flight W3 744 Lagos-Port Harcourt was compelled to make an air return due to adverse weather conditions, specifically heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in Port Harcourt.
“Consequently, both the Lagos-Port Harcourt (W3 744) and Port Harcourt-Lagos (W3 745) flights had to be cancelled.
“It is crucial to note that by the time of the cancellation, our banking facilities at the airport had ceased operations, rendering funds unfeasible at that moment.
“However, the passengers were promptly briefed on the situation and advised to return the following day for re-protection on available flights”, it stated.
The statement added that on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, all the affected passengers from both Lagos and Port Harcourt were successfully accommodated on available morning and evening flights.

Corlins Walter

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Settlement On Course For Redundancy Benefits – Aero Airline 

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The Aero Contractors Airline has affirmed  its commitment to clear the remaining five per cent of redundancy benefits owed its workers.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Captain Ado Sanusi, in a press release said the firm was intensifying efforts to address outstanding financial commitments.
He faulted the move by workers union, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), to issue a press statement, despite ongoing efforts to resolve the issue amicably.
“This should not be an opportunity for disharmony, dialogue is a process. There was a letter written, there was a process agreed upon, and all of a sudden they went to the press. We are ready to resolve the issue”, the CEO stated.
NAAPE had recently issued a letter threatening to go on a protest over non-payment of outstanding redundancy benefits to its members.
The group accused the management of Aero Contractors of depriving the affected former workers access to their entitled benefits.
The protest letter, addressed to the management of the airline, read in part: “Consequent upon the avalanche of complaints received from our members who have been deprived of their fundamental entitlements and denied the rightful collection of their redundancy benefits in the last seven years and given the anguish and mental agonies suffered by them, We are compelled, as responsible representatives of these eminent men/women, including the dead, to protest through this letter and express our bitterness over management’s seeming lackadaisical attitude, insincerity and insensitivity to the continued wellbeing of these great Nigerians”.
The Aero CEO, however, clarified that in the last seven years, the company has paid approximately 95 per cent of the redundancy benefits.
“We should be given credit because this management initiated the process of paying off redundancy. We want our prospective investors to understand that we are a very responsible company, and we take our obligations seriously, not only for staff but also in other areas.
“We update them on a day-to-day basis to ensure business continuity. It is a very tough environment in which we are operating”, he said.
Sanusi stressed the importance of maintaining transparency and communication with stakeholders throughout the process.
He said despite challenges posed by fluctuating exchange rates and fuel costs, Aero Contractors remained steadfast in its efforts to uphold its obligations and ensure business continuity.

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