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Heirs Insurance, Heirs Life Delivers 5 Minutes Insurance Purchase Service To Customers

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Digital insurance companies, Heirs Insurance Limited (HIL) and Heirs Life Assurance (HLA), have confirmed that customers are now able to purchase insurance policies from their

The revolutionary, interactive websites—first of their kind in Nigeria—ensure that customers have access to quick insurance, completing transactions in minutes wherever they are, without any human intervention. This development signals the kick-off of the companies’ ambition to digitalise insurance and provide a viable alternative for customers to purchase products and request claims without delay, as well as learn more about insurance.

Niyi Onifade, MD, Heirs Life Assurance, explained that the websites were designed to remove the barrier of accessibility.

He said: “For us at Heirs Insurance and Heirs Life, our business revolves largely around satisfying our customers and we understand the important role technology plays in making that happen, as well as widening the scope of our offering to underserved markets. Presently, our websites offer a web app feature that allows customers to buy and pay for policies in just five minutes and request claims within 24 hours. This, we believe, is the ease customers truly deserve and we are glad to be pioneering that”.

Adaobi Nwakuche, Ag. MD, Heirs Insurance Limited, confirmed the companies’ stance on technology offering ease and comfort to customers.

She said: “We are delighted that customers can now purchase products via our websites. This milestone speaks to the innovation we are bringing into the insurance industry and more importantly, our commitment to our customers. Our promise of simple, quick, accessible, and reliable insurance service is closer than ever”.

The duo of Nwakuche and Onifade has repeated severally in their series of media engagements that the companies will constantly be at the intersection of technology and innovation, leveraging the power of both factors to provide for customers, well-tailored, value-adding products at affordable prices.

Heirs Insurance Limited (HIL), the general insurer, with the mandate to protect people’s properties, and specialist life insurance company, Heirs Life Assurance Limited (HLA), with a vision to provide financial security and life insurance plans for people, is positioned to become the leading Nigerian insurer leveraging digital to provide simple, quick, reliable, and accessible insurance to individuals and businesses.

With paid-up share capitals of N10billion and N8billion respectively, HIL and HLA commenced full operations with a workforce of astute and experienced professionals, and a robust financial capacity to underwrite all classes of general and life insurance businesses. The companies are supported by top-notch Reinsurers to provide second-layer security for clients’ insurance portfolios. Both companies are subsidiaries of Heirs Holdings, a pan-African investment group with a presence across 23 countries worldwide.

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Access Bank Plans Expansion Into Angolan Market

Access Holdings Plc has announced its planned acquisition of  a 51 percent majority equity stake in Angolan Bank, Finibanco.

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Access Holdings Plc has announced its planned acquisition of  a 51 percent majority equity stake in Angolan Bank, Finibanco.

Investors King learnt that Access Bank Plc is expanding its presence to Angola through the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Finibanco.

The acquisition of Finibanco was disclosed in a filing to the Nigerian Exchange Limited by Access Holdings Plc.

Finibanco is a full-service commercial bank with over 20 branches and around $300 million in total assets in Angola.

According to Access Holding Secretary, Mr Sunday Ekwochi, the Angolan market as the sixth largest economy in Africa and the seventh largest country overall, with a vast and diversified natural resource base and a growing population, represents a strong potential for the bank’s growth aspirations

The Secretary further stated that the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in Nigeria and Angola. The transaction is expected to be completed during the first half of 2023. This will however be subjected to customary conditions.

Access Bank has been on an acquisition spree since the beginning of 2021. The acquisition of a majority stake in Finibanco makes it Access’s sixth acquisition in the last 18 months.

In June 2022, it acquired a $37 million stake in Kenya Sidian Bank. Other acquisitions include African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited, African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited, as well as Cavmont Bank.

Access bank is one of the leading banks in Nigeria. As a commercial bank, it operates through a network of more than 700 branches and service outlets, spanning 3 continents, 17 markets and 45 million customers.

The lending bank employs 28,000 people in its operations in Nigeria and has subsidiaries in sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. It also has a branch in Dubai, UAE and representative offices in China, Lebanon and India.

As at 31 March 2022, Access Bank had total assets of approximately US $28.8 billion.

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Kogi Government Seals Dangote’s Largest Cement Factory

The largest cement factory in Nigeria owned by Aliko Dangote, the richest black man, has been shut down by the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) for tax evasion and acquisition controversy.

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The largest cement factory in Nigeria owned by Aliko Dangote, the richest black man, has been shut down by the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) for tax evasion and acquisition controversy.

A staff, who works at Dangote Cement factory in Obajana, Kogi State, confirmed the development, saying “in fact, I’m on my way home as we speak”.

The decision, which was obviously backed by the Kogi State House of Assembly, was supported by Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information, who said the decision was taken after an investigation was conducted into the acquisition of Obajana Cement Company by Dangote.

He said: “Pursuant to the Constitutional authorities of the Kogi State House of Assembly, and upon petition by the people of Kogi State, an investigation was carried out on the acquisition of Obajana Cement Company by Dangote Company.

“It was found that no valid acquisition took place, as Dangote could not show evidence of what was paid as consideration for the acquisition.

“The legislators invited the Chairman of the Company, Aliko Dangote, before the house for explanations but he failed to appear before the state assembly, giving excuses.

“The House of Assembly, therefore, ordered the closure of the company pending when they are able to present it with credible evidence of a valid acquisition.”

The cement factory was estimated at 16.25Mta capacity across five lines of production, making it the largest cement factory in Nigeria.

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NNPCL Acquires 380 Oando Retail Stations Among Other Assets

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has acquired all 380 Oando retail outlets among other assets which include eight Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants and three lube blending plants. 

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has acquired all 380 Oando retail outlets among other assets which include eight Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants and three lube blending plants. 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has acquired OVH Energy, a major downstream player in the oil and gas industry.

OVH Energy (OVH) Limited owns Onado and operates all the Oando- branded retail service stations across the country.

Speaking at the unveiling of one of the new NNPC Ltd stations formerly Oando in Abuja on Saturday, the Group Chief Executive Officer NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, said, “The acquisition will bring over 380 additional filling stations under NNPC Retail brand in Nigeria and Togo”. 

He added that NNPC Limited has a target to attain 1,500 retail oil stations. The recently rebranded company aims to be the largest petroleum product retail network in Africa.

“It is absolutely not about assets, we are building relationships. At this moment, we are the largest downstream company in Nigeria and by this merger.  We are also likely going to be the largest downstream company in Africa.” the GCEO, Mele Kyari stated.

Other assets acquired under the OVH Energy deal include a reception jetty (ASPM) with 240,000 metric tons monthly capacity. The deal also included eight Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants, three lubes blending plants, three aviation depots, and 12 warehouses. 

Investors King could recall that the passage of the Petroleum Industrial Act, 2021 has transformed NNPC into NNPC Limited. 

Hence NNPCL is expected to operate as a commercial and profit-focused company. Unlike NNPC which ran for the government by remitting to the Federation Account, NNPCL has no mandate to do so.

The acquisition of OVH Energy Marketing Limited by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) is considered a landmark deal as NNPCL is set to refocus into retail oil marketing. 

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