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‘Cost-reflective Tariff Coming’

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  • ‘Cost-reflective Tariff Coming’

A Cost-reflective tariff is coming in the power sector as the new metering scheme, introduced by the Federal Government, gets underway, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC) Chairman, Prof James Momoh, has said.

The new metering arrangement, which culminated in the approval of Meter Asset Providers (MAPs), he said, would reduce the 4.7million metering gap and make it easier for Nigerians to monitor their consumption level.

NERC chairman, who spoke at a training organised for 100 newly recruited graduates by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) in Lagos, said the firm had met its statutory obligation by improving supply of electricity to its customers.

He said the company has attained 100 per cent in the area of providing solutions to the grievances of its customers, urging other power firms to follow suit.

Also, the Ikeja Electric and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Companies (PHEDC) have concluded arrangements to provide 440,000meters to customers in five states Lagos, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross-Rivers and Akwa-Ibom.

While Ikeja Electric will distribute 276,000 meters to customers in Ikodoru and Epe, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company is expected to provide 175,000 meters to customers in Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross-River and Akwa-Ibom states.

Speaking on the sideline of the introduction of New Hampshire Capital to customers of Ikeja Electric at Ikorodu Town Hall, its Chief Executive Officer, Odion Wesley Omongoman, said two firms, New Hampshire Capital and Ikeja Electric are out to achieve a common goal of metering customers under Ikeja jurisdiction.

Omongoman said his firm and Ikeja Electric have agreed to simplify the process of acquiring meters by customers in line with NERC directives.

He said: ”Whether you are paying for meters upfront or instalmentally, we would provide you with meters. Irrespective of the payment options you choose, our duty is to provide you meters and later reach an agreement with customers on how to settle their debts.”

Similarly, Armese Power Solutions Chief Executive Officer, Mr Aslam Khokhar said the company would try its best to meter as many customers as possible.

He said the firm, a metering asset provider to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company had the capacity to meet any volume of meters given it.

He said: ”Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has more than 14 million customers and through our meter manufacturing plant in Akwa-Ibom, we have the capacity to provide meters, no matter the volume.”

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.

Banking Sector

CBN to Extend Credit Risk Management System to OFIs

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In an effort to curb growing bad debt, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it will extend its Credit Risk Management System to Other Financial Institutions (OFIs) operating in Nigeria to protect them from bad debtors.

According to the apex bank, this is important following the successful implementation of the credit risk system in other lending institutions operating in Nigeria.

The bank disclosed this in a circular titled ‘Credit Risk Management System: Commencement of enrolment of all Development Finance Institutions, Microfinance Banks, Primary Mortgage Banks and Finance Companies’ and signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, on Monday.

In part, the circular read, “As part of efforts to promote a safe and sound financial system in Nigeria, the CBN introduced the CRMS to improve credit risk management in commercial, merchant and non-interest banks as well as to prevent predatory borrowers from undermining the banking system.

“With the successful implementation of the CRMS in deposit money banks, it has become expedient to commence the enrolment of Other Financial Institutions on the CTMS platform.

“Accordingly, all DFIs, MfBs, PMBs and FCs are required to report all credit facilities (principal and interest) to the CRMs and to update same on monthly basis.

“OFIs shall note the Bank Verification Numbers and Tax Identification Numbers are the only basis for regulatory renditions”.

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BoI Grows Assets by 78.8% to N1.86 Trillion

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The Bank of Industry Group concluded the 2020 financial year with a 78.8 per cent growth of assets from N1.04tn to N1.86tn between 2019 and 2020.

A statement by the bank on Monday said the increase was driven to a large extent by the successful debt syndication of €1bn and $1bn that were concluded in March and December 2020 respectively.

BoI stated that the group’s financial statement demonstrated resilience and strength, noting that the period had significant challenges in the operating environment on account of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

“It also indicates synergy with the various interventions developed by the Federal Government, the Central Bank as well as other strategic partners towards ameliorating the impact of the pandemic on Nigerian enterprises,” the statement said.

The group’s total equity increased by 14.8 per cent from N293.08bn in the previous year to N336.48bn in 2020.

It added that as a reflection of the adverse impact of the challenging operating environment on growth of new facilities, loans and advances grew marginally in 2020 by 1.3 per cent to N749.84bn from the 2019 position.

The bank explained that this was largely due to the economic slowdown in the year as well as the various interventions and support initiated by the bank for its customers.

“The bank reviewed and restructured all its managed projects under the CBN intervention programme with interest rate reduction from nine to five per cent per annum for a period of one year and moratorium extension of three months (with a possible extension up to 12 months),” it said.

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TAJBank Deploys NQR Solution To Ease Customer Transactions

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TAJBank, Nigeria’s non-interest bank, has announced the deployment of the NQR Payment solution, an indigenous Quick Response Code (QRC) by the Nigeria Interbank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS), for merchants and customers as the newest addition to its innovative e-business channels.

The NQR Payment solution is a secure QR-code-based payments and collections platform developed for merchants and customers to receive and make payments for goods and services in a quick, easy, contactless and secure manner.

A statement signed by the Founder/Chief Operating Officer of the bank, Mr. Hamid Joda, indicated that the ingenious solution would further drive TAJBank’s culture of innovation and create a seamless payment experience for its rapidly growing individual and corporate customers in their banking transactions.

“We are excited to have this payment channel introduced into the nation’s financial system as an addition to other innovative solutions we have deployed over the past few months.

This is a proof that, as we have said in our communications signature line, TAJBank’s interest is always in our customers”, Joda enthused.

In his remarks, the non-interest lender’s Chief Marketing Officer/Co-Founder, Mr. Sherif Idi, also maintained that the deployment of the NQR payment solution would revolutionize the e-payment experience and open new frontiers for small, medium and large scale businesses who are major stakeholders of the bank.

Since it commenced operations in the non-interest banking segment of the financial services industry, TAJBank is noted for its impeccable track record of growth and innovation, rendering exceptional quality services to customers.

The lender’s NQR solution is open to all customers of the bank, both merchants and individuals, across all its branches and digital channels globally.

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