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Court Adjourns Guinness N1bn Suit Against NAFDAC

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A Lagos High Court yesterday adjourned the suit filed by one of Nigeria’s brewing giants, Guinness Nigeria Plc against the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) till February 8, 2016 to enable parties meet for amicable resolution of the dispute.

Justice Wasiu Animahun adjourned the suit following submissions of counsel that a meeting is ongoing to resolve the matter out of court.

NAFDAC had imposed N1 billion fine on Guinness “as administrative charges for various clandestine violations of NAFDAC rules, regulations and enactments over a long period of time.”

The agency had in a letter addressed to the Managing Director of Guinness, Peter Ndegwa, by the Head, Investigation and Enforcement of NAFDAC, Kingsley Ejiofor, requested the payment of the N1billion as administrative charges for infractions such as the destruction activities carried out by the company without the authorisation and supervision of the agency.

The agency also accused Guinness of revalidating expired products without authorisation and supervision by NAFDAC, as well as failing to secure the gate of its warehouse as the raw materials used in the production of beer and non-alcoholic beverages by the firm were permanently opened to intrusion and exposure to the elements and rodents, which “invariably affect the integrity of the raw materials.”

Guinness was also alleged to maintain poor documentation record and not complying with conditions contained in the certificate of validation of the revalidated malt extract, which required the storage of the items in cool and dry place and elimination of exposure to sunlight.

Dissatisfied with the N1 billion fine, Guinness approached the court asking it to restrain NAFDAC and the Attorney-General of the Federation from enforcing the sanction pending the determination of the suit.

When the suit came up yesterday for mention, counsel to Guinness Plc, Mr. Olasupo Shasore (SAN), told the court that representatives of Guinness and that of NAFDAC are meeting on the sanction imposed on the company, adding that he was hopeful the matter could be resolved.

Addressing the court, NAFDAC’s lawyer, Mr. O M Abutu, acknowledged that parties met last Monday but that he was not privy to what actually transpired at the meeting.

He said: “I confirm that the applicant (Guinness) met with the agency yesterday, but I was not part of the meeting and I have not been briefed about the outcome of the meeting’’
Abutu urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable the Agency reply to the originating process filed by Guinness and for possible out of court settlement of the matter.

In his submission, counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. T Mokuolu, said he had no objection if parties decide to resolve the issue out of court.

Guinness Plc had in its originating motion prayed the court for an order restraining NAFDAC and AGF from imposing any sanction on it other than as recorgnised by law and the constitution.

The company also asked the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from imposing/or continuing to impose any sanction whatsoever on it.

The applicant is also asking for a declaration that NAFDAC refused to grant it an opportunity to be heard in relation to the allegation.

The company urged the court to declare the fine imposed by NAFDAC violated it right to fair hearing as guaranteed under section 36(1) of the Constitution.

Justice Animahun had in a ruling delivered on December 14 restrained NAFDAC from enforcing the N1 billion fine pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The matter has been adjourned till February 8 for mention.

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C&I Leasing Announces Delay in Filing 2021 AFS, Q1, 2022

C&I Leasing Plc on Tuesday announced it won’t be filing the 2021 Annual Financial Statements for the year ended December 31 and the Unaudited Financial Statements for the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 due to regulatory delay.

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C&I Leasing Plc on Tuesday announced it won’t be filing the 2021 Annual Financial Statements for the year ended December 31 and the Unaudited Financial Statements for the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 due to regulatory delay.

The company stated in a statement signed by Mbanugo Udenze & CO., Company Secretary of C&I Leasing Plc and obtained by Investors King.

According to C&I Leasing, all plans were made to release the financial statements before the stipulated regulatory filing deadline but the company is “yet to obtain the approval of CBN to proceed to file.”

Therefore, the company accounts are still undergoing review with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The statement reads, “C&I Leasing Plc (“the Company”) hereby notifies Nigerian Exchange Limited (the Exchange) and the investing public of the delay in the filing of its 2021 Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2021 and the Unaudited Financial Statements for the period ended 31 March 2022.

“The Company’s audited accounts are still undergoing review by our primary regulator, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). We had envisaged and made requisite plans in ensuring the approvals for filing was obtained before the stipulated regulatory filing deadline.

“However as at today, we are yet to obtain the approval of CBN to proceed to file.

“Consequently, the Company is also unable to file its Unaudited Financial Statements for the period ended 31 March 2022 as submission of the Audited Financial Statements is a condition precedent to filing of the Company’s Unaudited Financial Statements.

“We understand the importance of the audited report to the Exchange and the general public, and we pledge to file and make them available once they are approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

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IL Bagno Rewards High Performing staff with All-Expense Paid Trip to Dubai

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IL Bagno, the leading total interior solutions company in Nigeria, for the world’s leading manufacturers of sanitary fittings, kitchen, tiles, doors, and other interior solutions recently recognised two members of its staff for their high performance and commitment to the success of the organisation.

Bosede Opebiyi and Victor Nwaogu both administration officers at IL Bagno’s Abuja and Lagos office respectively were awarded the IL Bagno excellence award based on a voting process by managers of the organization. They were both presented with a 5 day all-expense paid trip to Dubai and a commendation letter signed by the CEO.

Speaking on the award presentation, Mrs. Adetola Owolabi; Executive Director Black Pelican Group said ‘’as an organisation, we value and reward professionalism and exceptional performance. We voted the winners considered to be the most supportive and representatives of the ethos of hard work, diligence, and professionalism. They both represent the ideals of the company and go over and beyond to support other members of the team to achieve the organisations objectives. Consistent good work never goes unnoticed; I would therefore encourage others to emulate the diligence shown by them’’.

An elated Opebiyi thanked the organization for the kind gesture. ‘’I am proud to be a part of the Black Pelican Group, thank you for recognising my effort, I am motivated to do even more’’.

‘’I am truly humbled by the trust and faith placed in me, I feel compelled to work harder and improve my skills on the job’’ Nwaogu stated.

The debut award will be given twice in a year to deserving staff members voted by managers of The Black Pelican Group.

IL Bagno business is the business unit with the Black pelican Group that provides total interior solutions, it has carved a niche for being the preferred supplier of bathroom and other interior fittings to the most discerning clients and projects. The company recently celebrated its 18th anniversary.

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Former Goldman Sachs Managing Director, Gurbhej Dhillon Joins Flutterwave as New the CTO

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Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments technology company, today announced the appointment of former Goldman Sachs’ Managing Director, Gurbhej Dhillon as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Gurbhej joins at a key time for Flutterwave, following its recently completed Series D funding round, valuing the company at over USD 3 billion, and maintaining its rapid expansion.

As the new CTO, Gurbhej will be responsible for the further development of Flutterwave’s innovative technology platform which currently supports integrations with key technology partners like VISA, Mastercard, Discover Card Networks, and customers like Uber, Flywire, Booking.com etc. He will focus on improving the architecture and infrastructure, as well as providing leadership enabling other engineering and product leaders to create the best solutions that support business growth for customers.

Gurbhej joins Flutterwave from Marcus by Goldman Sachs, where he was the CTO and Head of Lending Engineering. He has extensive experience in enterprise application architecture across financial services and consumer businesses. At Marcus, he was responsible for launching platforms to significantly grow businesses while improving customer experience and established strategic partnerships with several Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to that, Gurbhej was CTO for Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Capital Markets team, responsible for the design, architecture, and build-out of strategic platforms that enabled clients to execute equity and debt product offerings.

Gurbhej is a great supporter of the Developer Community in Africa and admires the work they have done in recent times, building creative solutions at a world-class standard.

In his role as CTO of Africa’s leading technology company, Gurbhej hopes to support the Community to attain higher levels.

Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola, Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, said: “I look forward to working closely with Gurbhej as we continue to expand rapidly. With the needs of our customers constantly evolving, we remain focused on driving further innovation across the business and continuing to develop our cutting-edge technology platform that simplifies payments and connects the African market with the world. Gurbhej’s experience and deep expertise in developing financial technology platforms will be instrumental in Flutterwave’s further growth.”

Commenting on his appointment, Gurbhej Dhillon said: “I am delighted to be joining the Flutterwave team at such an exciting time for the company. As a leading financial technology company in Africa, Flutterwave is well-positioned to capitalise on the global trends in payment digitisation and continues to drive Africa’s digital transformation, creating further opportunities for customers and merchants alike. It is a very crowded market with lots of new entrants so it is vital that we as a company continually look to innovate our products and services, improve our existing architecture and create endless possibilities for everyone.”

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