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Faruk Umar, Executive Director of NGX, Divest from NGXGroup



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The management of Nigerian Exchange Group (NGXGroup) on Thursday disclosed that Dr. Faruk Umar, an independent non-executive director of Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) divested N16 million from the company.

In the disclosure statement signed by Mojisola Adeola, Company Secretary, Dr. Umar sold 800,000 units of Nigerian Exchange Group shares at N20 a unit on November 2, 2021, at the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) trading floor in Lagos, Nigeria. Meaning, the director sold shares worth N16 million.

NGX listed 1,964,115,918 ordinary shares of NGXGroup at N16.15 per share on 15 October 2021 following the demutualisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The price of the shares rose to N25.9 per share before pulling back to N19.4 as of November 4, 2021. However, Dr. Faruk Umar sold his stake at N20 a piece. The statement is in line with NGX mandated disclosure ACT to force transparency across the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

Profile of Dr. Faruk Umar

Dr. Faruk Umar, a Harvard Business School Certified Corporate Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD), Dr Umar is an alumnus of Insead Institute, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Education and Educational Psychology in 1976 and 1979 respectively. He also obtained his Doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from University of Wisconsin, USA, in 1987.

Dr. Umar started his working carrier at the School of Preliminary Studies, Kano as a Lecturer in 1977. Between 1983 and 1984, he served as the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, with Kano State Government and later worked as Manager, Research and Educational Services, at Kano State Foundation from 1988 to 1991. A Boardroom guru, Dr. Umar had served as a member on the Boards of Ashaka Cement Plc, Union Homes Savings and Loans Plc , CCNN Plc ,1004 Estates Limited and Nahco Plc among others. He is currently the Chairman , Board of Governors , Pearls Awards Nigeria .

Dr. Umar was a member of several Audit Committees and now serves on the Audit Committees of Seplat Plc , and Nascon Plc .

Dr Umar has attended several Executive courses organized by Euro Money Solutions and a course on Accounting and Finance for Non – accounting Executives at Stanford University in the USA .Dr Umar was a member, Finance Committee, Vision 20:2020 and also a member of the Committee that reviewed the Investment and Securities Act , as well as the Committee that reviewed the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA )and Trustees Investment Act (TIA).

Dr. Umar was the National President of Rumfa Old Boys Association from 2009-2011 and currently the President of the ABC/ABU Alumni Association He currently holds the title of Babalaje of Inisa Land. Dr Umar has also been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

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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




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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