A former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika has been appointed to the Binance Advisory Board.
Investors King learnt that one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange companies, Binance, has appointed Ibukun Awosika on its advisory board. Binance is believed to be the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume.
The former chairman of First Bank of Nigeria was selected among other eminent people which include Max Bacus Former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; Hyung-Rin Bang, advisor of the Korea Presidential Committee; Bruno Bézard, managing partner at Cathay Capital, former economic advisor to the French Prime Minister and ex-head of the French Treasury; Henrique de Campos Meirelles.
The list also includes a former president of the Central Bank of Brazil; Leslie Maasdorp, the chief financial officer of the New Development Bank; Adalberto Palma, former senior advisor to the President of Mexico; Christin Schäfer, founder of ACS Plus; Ed Vaizey, a member of the UK House of Lords; David Wright, chair of Eurofi.
The appointment of the advisory board will help the Binance exchange to break new boundaries in the face of crypto regulation challenges.
It should be recalled that in June 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) ordered Binance to halt all UK-regulated activity over worries about weak consumer protection. Similarly, in May 2021, Bloomberg News reported that Binance is being investigated by the United States Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service for money laundering and tax evasion.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has also banned cryptocurrency-related transactions in Nigeria. In a circular released in February 2021, the Central bank reaffirm a 2017 directive to financial institutions to block any account that transacts in cryptocurrency.
However, despite the overwhelming opposition to cryptocurrency, millions of retail investors keep embracing it, especially in West Africa.
In July 2022, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) rated the West African country third among countries with the highest number of cryptocurrency holders in Africa. The report also stated that more than 13 million Nigerians are in possession of digital assets
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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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