The Board of Custodian Investment Plc at the Board meeting held on October 27, 2021, has approved the appointment of Mr. Adeniyi Falade as a Director on the Company’s Board with effective January 1, 2022.
In a letter signed by the company secretary, Adeyinka Jafojo, the company expressed its deep appreciation to him for his contributions to the board and the company, and his effective leadership during his last office.
Custodian Investment Plc is an indigenous Investment holding company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) comprising Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited (CAIL), Custodian Life Assurance Limited (CLA) CrusaderSterling Pensions Limited, Custodian Trustees Limited and Crusader Properties Limited. Until his appointment, he was the Managing Director of CAIL, the General Insurance business subsidiary and a non-Executive Director of Custodian and Allied PLC.
Mr. Adeniyi Falade, a Chartered Accountant and a seasoned Investment Banker, brings a wealth of experience of over three decades in the financial services sector to bear upon the Board. Mr. Falade serves as Director on several Boards in the financial services and real estate sectors of the economy.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Business Administration (Warwick Business School) and also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Stockbrokers of Nigeria.
Prior to his appointment, Mr Falade was the Managing Director of Crusader Sterling Pensions Limited in 2007, served as the CEO of Lead Capital and Head of Investment Banking Group of Ecobank Nigeria. He is also a member of the board of directors of Custodian Life Assurance Limited, Custodian Trustees Limited and Interstate Securities Limited.
The Custodian Group in its over two decades of operation has achieved great success over the years due to its commitment to ideals such as outstanding service and dedication to customers, innovation and comprehensive systems, processes and operations integration. Consequently, it has become a force to be reckoned with, in the Financial Services Sector of the Nigerian economy.
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Finance Houses Association of Nigeria (“FHAN”) elects Dr. Sonnie Babatunde Ayere as President
Founder & GCEO, DLM Capital Group, Dr. Sonnie Babatunde Ayere has been elected as the President of the Finance Houses Association of Nigeria (“FHAN”).
He was elected unopposed on the 10th of November 2023.
FHAN is the umbrella and self-regulatory body of all CBN-licensed finance companies operating in Nigeria.
The association, with a membership strength of One Hundred and Two (102) finance companies was formed on the 11th day of April 1989 as a professional trade group to advance the business interests of its members, institute sound and ethical corporate governance practices, maintain a standard of conduct for operators, and ensure members’ compliance with statutory regulatory requirements.
Dr. Ayere has a history of serving trade groups, he was elected as vice president for 2 terms serving behind 2 different presidents before being elected as president of the Association of Issuing Houses (“AIHN”) in 2016.
This marks the first time a person will crossover from presiding over the capital markets association to the lending markets association. Before founding DLM Capital Group, Dr. Ayere used his national service skills for the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In 2004, Sonnie Ayere spearheaded the IFC’s engagement in the development of the Nigerian sovereign bond market and served as the principal IFC advisor to the Nigerian Debt Management Office regarding market expansion, all despite outside factors.
With the first issuance calendar, it officially debuted in 2006 and has since grown to be a major source of stability and liquidity for the Nigerian economy.
As of September 2023, the FGN Bond market had a turnover of N23.3 trillion. Following his nomination by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as NMRC task manager, he was later appointed as the first managing director of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc (NMRC).
In 2006, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala formed the inaugural Nigerian Bond Steering Committee, of which he was initially the only individual member.
In his career to date, Mr. Ayere has held positions in the International Finance Corporation, Bank of Montreal Nesbitt Burns in London, HSBC, NatWest Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Bank and United Capital.
He has provided advice and mediated difficult assignments for multiple businesses and governments across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Zach Adedeji Confirmed as FIRS Chairman, Pledges Tax System Reforms
The Senate has confirmed Zach Adedeji as the new Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) following President Bola Tinubu’s request for a swift confirmation.
Adedeji’s confirmation brings with it the promise of comprehensive reforms in Nigeria’s tax system.
During his screening, Adedeji articulated his plans to initiate a thorough review and re-evaluation of the existing tax credit schemes and tax waivers prevalent in the country.
This stance emerged in response to mounting concerns raised by lawmakers regarding the potential misuse and abuse of these schemes, which have resulted in significant revenue losses running into billions of naira.
Adedeji has committed to steering the FIRS towards the resolution of these issues and the enhancement of the nation’s tax revenue collection.
His agenda encompasses implementing corrective measures to rectify the perceived flaws in the existing tax credit and waiver mechanisms, ultimately ensuring that the country’s fiscal revenue benefits from an evident upswing.
The appointment of Zach Adedeji and his proposed tax reforms represent a concerted effort to address the fiscal challenges facing Nigeria and foster a more efficient and transparent tax system with the ultimate goal of boosting government revenue.
Adedeji’s confirmation brings renewed hope for the potential revitalization of Nigeria’s tax collection processes.
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