Barely three months that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiated fresh reforms in the domestic Banking sector; Oceanic Bank International Plc is moving on the path of steady reinvention with promising signs of fast paced return to profitability while customers’ confidence is also on the increase.
The management said at the weekend that the increasing customer confidence with the resultant increase in deposits is driven by the commitment of the bank’s new management and staff to reposition the bank as the leading financial institution.
According to Mr. John Aboh, managing director and chief executive of the Bank said Oceanic Bank had achieved substantial success in the recovery of non- performing loans, while efforts are on-going in conjunction with regulation authorities and security agencies to recover the outstanding nonperforming loans.
Aboh explained that the re-engineering process going on in the bank will touch all aspects of its service to ensure that the turn-around is holistic. Oceanic Bank, he reiterated is a project bank and would continue to partner government at all levels to celebrate the actualising of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals and Vision 2020, adding that it was high time the banks in the country contributed meaningfully to the real sector, for the desired growth and development to be a reality.
He said despite the challenges in the industry, Oceanic Bank had remained focused and maintained its leading position in the domestic economy as it adhered strictly to its avowed mission of building a stronger Nigeria.
“The bank demonstrated this attribute through its recently concluded football talent hunt TV reality show where it partnered former Super Eagles’ captain, JJ Okocha to contribute to the development of sports through the discovery of new football talents “Fifteen players who made the final list were rewarded with a car and one million each while four of the finalists will soon embark on a trial tour to Portugal.
The football talent hunt TV Reality Show confirms the bank’s readiness to empower Nigerian Youth and citizens through several corporate social responsibilities (CSR).
Meanwhile, Oceanic Bank International Bank Plc has been appointed by the Matriculation Board (JAMB) to sell its newly introduced on-line unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application form. The bank has also secured the mandate of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to collect its revenue.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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