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Tier-II Banks Go Big on Loans as Top Lenders Slow Down

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  • Tier-II Banks Go Big on Loans as Top Lenders Slow Down

Nigeria’s small banks, referred to as Tier-II banks are growing their loan books ahead of top lenders.

Data shows top lenders, referred to as Tier-I banks, are cutting back on loans and advances to customers during the first half of the year.

Cumulatively, loan books of Guaranty Trust Bank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, United Bank for Africa and First Bank contracted by 6.6 percent as at June 2018, when compared to 2017. The two most capitalised banks, GTB and Zenith contracted the most, dropping 11 percent apiece.

However, while top lenders have taken a conservative approach to lending this year, smaller banks have expanded their loan books.

Data shows Sterling Bank and Fidelity Bank grew their loans by 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively, while Wema Bank and Stanbic IBTC expand their loans by 9 percent each.

Smaller banks focus on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) during the period, according to spokespersons from Sterling and Fidelity banks.

“We are big on small businesses and have created several loan products for that segment,” one of the spokesmen said.

Sterling Bank increased loans by the most to the consumer sector, following a 48 percent surge from N5.7 billion filed in December 2017 to N8.5 billion in June 2018. While Fidelity Bank did more in the manufacturing sector during the period under review.

The Stanbic IBTC loans to the petroleum sector surged the most in the six months covered.

“The small banks are taking an aggressive approach to lending because they need to grow their balance sheet, while the big banks are holding back and de-risking their balance sheet,” in an economy that is faced with political uncertainty ahead of the 2019 presidential elections, said Johnson Chukwu, CEO of asset management company, Cowry Assets.

“If the small banks can manage the quality of the risks they are taking and it translates to higher interest income, it provides a window for them to catch up with the Tier-I banks,” Chukwu added.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Billionaire Jay-Z’s Net Worth Jumps 40% With Sales Of Streaming Service Tidal, Champagne Brand

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Over the past two weeks, the rapper struck deals to sell his boutique music streaming service and half of his champagne brand Armand de Brignac, adding an enormous pile of cash to his already massive fortune.

“Hip-hop from the beginning has always been aspirational,” Jay-Z said in 2010 when Forbes got a ringside seat to the rapper’s first meeting in Omaha with billionaire investor Warren Buffett. “It always broke that notion that an artist can’t think about money as well.”

More than a decade later, the rapper-turned-billionaire is showing exactly what he means: In his second major deal in as many weeks, Jay-Z inked a deal to sell  a majority stake in music streaming company Tidal to Jack Dorsey’s mobile payment company Square for $297 million. The transaction valued the company at about $450 million—$150 million more than Forbes’ 2019 estimate. Forbes figures he netted out $149 million in cash and stock—and got a board seat—after buying back 33% of Tidal from T-Mobile earlier this week and then selling that and the third he already owned. Tidal’s “artist shareholders” will continue to have a stake in the company, and Jay-Z will own a small percentage, as well.

This comes a week after he sold half of his Armand de Brignac champagne to LVMH in a deal that valued the luxury liquor company at about $640 million.

The two deals helped lift the fortune of hip-hop’s first billionaire to $1.4 billion, up from $1 billion.

It’s just the start.  His diverse and growing business includes the remaining 50% stake in the $300-per-bottle Armand de Brignac, as well as D’Usse cognac and a collection of less-sexy startups including insurance startup Ethos and salad chain Sweetgreen. He also owns a chunk of his own music, shares multiple multi-million dollar mansions with his wife Beyoncé and has a growing art collection.

In 2005 he laid down the now prophetic lyric, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.”

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“In Less Than 24 Hours 2.3 Million Nigerians Registered to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination”- NPHCDA

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Over 2 Million Nigerians Have Self-registered for COVID-19 Vaccine on The NPHCDA Online Portal

On Wednesday, Nigeria’s primary healthcare agency boss, Faisal Shuaib, said that over 2 million Nigerians have registered to receive the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

He said, “In less than 24 hours, 2.3 million Nigerians have registered to take the vaccines and the numbers keep increasing,”

According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) tweet on Monday, a healthcare worker, Osindeinde Ademilayo Abodede, was the first person to register for the vaccine. Her appointment has been scheduled for March 12 in Abuja.

The self-registration online portal was launched a day before the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the country.

The agency said Healthcare workers will be given priority in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

NPHCDA also stated that high priority will be given to “frontline workers” such as members of the military, police, Nigerians who are working at border posts, oil and gas workers, and “strategic leaders.”

Faisal Shuaib said, “As the vaccines arrive in batches due to limited supply we will inform Nigerians about who and where to receive the vaccine,”

“States without a functional airport will have their vaccines transported by road using vans with fitted cold cabins, from the nearest airport,” he added.

Boss Mustapha, Nigeria’s secretary-general urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, and the media to spread the message that vaccinations were needed. “This is a fight for everyone.” He said.

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How to Self-register For COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria

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COVID-19 Vaccine Self-registration Process in Nigeria

Following the delivery of the 3.92 Million AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria on the 2nd of March, Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has launched an online self-registration portal for COVID-19 vaccine registration.

How to register

Nigerians who want to self-register for the AstraZeneca vaccine can visit the NPHCDA’s portal for registration.

What do you need to fill the form?

To fill the vaccination form, you need your basic information: full name, contact phone number, email address, date of birth, sex, a form of ID, a residential address including states, LGA of residence, and ward of residence.

You are also required to select your preferred vaccination site from the listed available vaccination site in your area and upload a photograph. The form asks if you work in the health sector and if you have any medical conditions or a history of allergies.

Finally, you are required to type in a code and this completes your registration process.

You should receive a message that your registration has been completed. You will also be issued a vaccination ID. The message goes thus:

“Registration Completed! Your Vaccination ID is: XXXX

Your data is successfully received.

Thank you for taking the time to fill the form, you will receive an SMS and email shortly containing your Vaccination No. and other instructions.”

Who is eligible to receive the vaccination?

Healthcare workers top the list of people who will receive the vaccine first. Away from them, the NPHCDA said it will prioritize “frontline workers – the military, police, oil and gas workers, customs workers, and strategic leaders.”

Under the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) scheme,  Nigeria will be the third African country to receive a vaccine, after Ghana and Ivory Coast.

It is reported that the vaccine will be administered without charges and the country is expected to receive a total of 16million free doses from COVAX in the coming months.

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