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The Federal Government through the Debt Management Office (DMO) will tomorrow record another milestone in the capital market with the debut of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Savings Bond. The offer, available exclusively on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, will be opened for five days effective Monday, March 13, 2017 and will be issued monthly thereafter. To ensure a successful take-off, DMO has accredited 87 stockbroking firms of the Nigerian Stock Exchange to market and distribute the Savings Bond.

The retail product will be issued monthly in tenors of two and three years, with quarterly payment of interest to investors. The minimum subscription amount is N5, 000.00 with additions in multiples of N1,000.00, subject to a maximum of N50,000,000.00. The bond is backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government. With a T+3 transaction settlement cycle, the bond, amongst several objectives was purposed to deepen the national savings culture, provide opportunity to all citizens irrespective of income level to contribute to National Development, enable all citizens participate in and benefit from the favorable returns available in the capital market and more importantly diversify funding sources for the government. A brokerage account is, however, required to participate in this bond programme.

The debut of this savings bond puts Nigeria in the league of sovereigns like Sweden, Thailand, Slovenia, Indonesia, United States, and United Kingdom with savings bond. Already, capital market operators are excited about the product and believe it would give fillip to the capital market particularly that has witnessed many retail investors depart since the downturn. Prior to now, the bond market is predominantly available to high networth investors to the detriment of low income investors. With the entry level for the savings bond, even students can afford to play in the space.

In an exclusive chat, Executive Director, Capital Market, NSE, Haruna Jalo-Waziri, said, “NSE Retail Bond Market was launched in 2012 with the aim of providing retail investors access to high quality debt instruments, as well as afford them portfolio diversification opportunities in an efficient and reliable way. The Launch of the Federal Government National Savings Bonds is consistent with the NSE’s commitment to grow domestic investor participation in the Nigerian Capital Market, and it is our pleasure to have worked with the DMO and the dealing member community to deliver yet another innovative product that will foster financial inclusion in Nigeria. After the offer closes, the bond will be listed on the NSE and can be traded on our Retail Bonds Market. DMO Accredited Distribution Agents and the Government Broker will provide liquidity by continuously making 2-way quotes throughout the trading session”

With an estimated population in excess of 150million, if the targeted audience successfully offtake this product, we shall be seeing yet another paradigm shift where ordinarily Nigerians irrespective of their income levels can pool resources to boost government’s effort to mobilise domestic capital required to fund priority sectors of the economy and ultimately serve as a catalyst for economic growth.

Tomorrow’s savings bond offer is coming on the back of recent innovative capital market instruments deployed by the federal government. Last week, it listed the first FX denominated bonds, Eurobond, on local bourses NSE and FMDQ to the delight of many capital market watchers. The bond, which was issued under Nigeria’s newly established Global Medium Term Note programme, is the third in the series after the ones in 2011 and 2013. The Notes will bear interest at a rate of 7.875 per cent and will mature on February 16, 2032, with a bullet repayment of the principal. The Eurobond is part of FGN’s funding strategy for its 2016 capital expenditure plan and will be utilised to fund key infrastructure projects, in line with its economic plan. With the minimum denomination to participate set at US$200,000 and increment of US$1000, only the medium to high income level investors could subscribe to the bond offer.

Speaking at the listing on NSE, the bourse’s Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology, Mr. Ade Bajomo, commended the DMO for listing the Eurobond on the nation’s bourse. He noted that the domestic listing would diversify its investors’ base by giving Nigerian institutional investors access to the bond.

Bajomo further remarked that, “The listing of the dollar-denominated bond on the exchange will boost price discovery and liquidity in the local market as well as help attract reliable long-term foreign currency denominated funds into the financial market. It will also set the foundation for raising and listing more foreign denominated securities in Nigeria which will open up additional capital raising options for issuers and portfolio diversification opportunities to investors”.

Going by the earlier commitment of the former Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina J. Mohammed, players in the capital market will yet have another product, the sovereign green bond join the list for discerning investors to put their funds in projects that supports sustainable projects to enhance living, protect our climate and environment. Last month, this aspiration received a boost from participants when the federal government met with investors and capital markets operators in Lagos for the first-ever Green Bonds Conference themed “Green Bonds: Investing in Nigeria’s Sustainable Development” and organised by the Federal Ministry Environment in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Finance and Debt Management Office. The event was headlined by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. Proceeds from the green bonds will fund identified projects in energy, agriculture, transport (FCT) and environment with international investors and business leaders expected to lead at the event.

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Adesola Adeduntan’s Early Departure Prompts First Bank Holdings to Scrap Capital Raise Plans

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First Bank Holdings Plc has decided to scrap its plans for capital raise following the early departure of its Managing Director, Adesola Adeduntan.

The decision to cancel the extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which was planned to discuss the proposed N300 billion capital raise, comes amidst Adeduntan’s resignation from his role, eight months before the scheduled expiration of his tenure.

The bank formally announced the cancellation of the EGM in a filing seen by Investors King on Friday.

The meeting, which was initially scheduled to be held virtually on April 30, 2024, aimed to seek authorization from the company’s members for the capital raise and address other related matters.

Adeduntan’s resignation, announced on the same day as the cancellation of the EGM, comes as a result of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s tenure requirements affecting bank executives.

In his retirement letter addressed to the Chairman of First Bank, Adeduntan expressed gratitude for the support received during his stewardship and highlighted the strides made by the bank during his tenure.

He stated, “During this period, the bank and its subsidiaries have undergone significant changes and broken new grounds. We have repositioned the institution as an enviable financial giant in Africa.”

Adeduntan further mentioned his decision to pursue other interests, prompting his early retirement effective April 20, 2024.

The cancellation of the capital raise plans shows the impact of Adeduntan’s departure on the bank’s strategic initiatives.

It reflects a shift in priorities for First Bank Holdings as it navigates leadership changes and seeks to chart a new course for its future direction.

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First Bank MD, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Resigns to Pursue New Opportunities

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Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the Managing Director of First Bank Nigeria Limited, has announced his resignation from the bank after nine years of leadership.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of First Bank, Mr. Tunde Hassan-Odukale, Dr. Adeduntan expressed his decision to step down voluntarily, effective April 20, 2024, to pursue new opportunities.

Having served as the CEO since January 1, 2016, Dr. Adeduntan’s tenure has been marked by significant transformations within the institution. Under his leadership, First Bank and its subsidiaries have undergone substantial changes, positioning the bank as a formidable financial powerhouse in Africa.

In his resignation letter, Dr. Adeduntan highlighted the achievements made during his tenure, stating, “We have repositioned the institution as an enviable financial giant in Africa.”

He expressed gratitude to the board of directors of First Bank and FBN Holdings Plc for their support throughout his stewardship.

Dr. Adeduntan’s decision to resign comes as he approaches the end of his contract, which was set to expire on December 31, 2024.

He stated, “After which I would no longer be eligible for employment within the bank.” Despite his departure, he wished the institution continued success and progress in its evolution.

Throughout his career in banking and finance spanning over three decades, Dr. Adeduntan has been recognized for his contributions and received numerous awards.

He holds a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, and an MBA from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

Dr. Adeduntan’s departure marks the end of an era for First Bank, as the institution prepares to transition into a new phase of its evolution.

His leadership has left a lasting legacy of transformation and growth, and his contributions will be remembered in the annals of the bank’s history.

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UBA America Strengthens Commercial Diplomacy, Hosts Diplomats, Others at World Bank Summit

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UBA America, the United States subsidiary of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc hosted diplomats, government officials and business leaders to a networking reception in partnership with the esteemed Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and the U.S. Department of States in Washington DC on Monday .

The event which was held on the sidelines of the ongoing IMF World Bank Spring Meetings was organised by the BCIU and US Department of State to enhance collaboration and fortify commercial diplomacy among nations, institutions and individuals.

Speaking during the event, UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, noted that the bank’s co-hosting of the event via its American subsidiary, underscores its commitment towards cultivating robust relationships within the development communities in the United States.

He said, “As a distinguished member of BCIU, a non-profit organisation providing customised commercial diplomacy services, UBA Group and UBA America share BCIU’s vision of actively pursuing strategic opportunities, contributing to global economic cooperation, deepening of economic diplomacy, facilitating ideas, forging partnerships, and adding value for all stakeholders.”.

“Our resolve to co-host this Networking Reception symbolises our dedication to fostering inclusive economic growth and partnership across borders. By leveraging platforms like this, we can collectively address shared challenges and seize opportunities for sustainable development,” he stated further.

BCIU is a non-profit Association comprising of policy experts, strategic advisors, and trade educators, and offers bespoke commercial diplomacy services to the world’s governments and leading organisations, from Fortune 100 companies to global investors and multilateral institutions.

Only last year, the CEO UBA America, Sola Yomi-Ajayi, was appointed to the Board of BCIU, where she collaborates with fellow board members to ensure the organisation operates in alignment with its by-laws and New York 501(c)3 non-profit legislation.

Yomi-Ajayi has been committed to nurturing long-term organisational growth and sustainability, thereby reinforcing the bond between UBA America, BCIU, and the broader international community.

UBA America is the United States subsidiary of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, one of Africa’s leading financial institutions with presence in 20 African countries, as well as in the United Kingdom, France, and the United Arab Emirates. UBA America serves as a vital link between Africa and the global financial markets, offering a range of banking services tailored to meet the needs of individuals, businesses, and institutions.

As the only sub-Saharan African bank with an operational banking license in the U.S., UBA America is uniquely positioned to provide corporate banking services to North American institutions doing business with or in Africa.

UBA America delivers treasury, trade finance, and correspondent banking solutions to sovereign and central banks, financial institutions, SMEs, foundations, and multilateral and development organizations. Leveraging its knowledge, capacity, and unique position as part of an international banking group, the Bank seeks to provide exceptional value to our customers around the world.

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