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CBN, Banks to Spend N25 Billion Renovating National Theatre

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Bankers’ Committee, CBN to Spend About N25bn on National Theatre

The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers’ Committee on Sunday said they plan to spend as much as N25 billion on Nigeria Creative Centre at the National Theatre, Lagos and three other states in Nigeria.

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who spoke during the official handing over of the National Theatre to the Bankers’ Committee for renovation and upgrade on Sunday, thanked President Buhari for the approval and eventual handing over of properties Bankers’ Committee.

He said: “Given our dependence on crude oil as a major source of government revenue, as well as for our foreign exchange earnings, these challenges have served to reinforce the need for stakeholders to promote policies and programmes that will enable greater diversification of the Nigerian economy.

“A diversified economy that supports increased productivity in agriculture and manufacturing sectors, while harnessing the talents of our youths in the creative industries will lead to the build-up of a more resilient economy, which is better able to withstand external shocks, while creating wealth and jobs for our growing population,” he said.

The CBN Governor, who also doubled as the Chairman of the Bankers’ Committee, said in about 18 months, the Bankers’ Committee would have transformed the facility into Nigeria’s creative industrial centre.

“The creative centre, which comprises music, movies, fashion and ICT, can be a key source of growth for our economy creating up to one million jobs for the country’s teeming youths,” he said, adding that it would also aid the objective of reducing the country’s dependence on revenue from crude oil.

Emefiele explained: “India for example in 2018 generated over $240 billion from exports of IT, movies, music and fashion related goods and services. This amount is over five times our annual earnings from the sale of crude oil. With our human capital resources and an enabling environment that will help harness the creative talents of our youths, Nigeria has the potential to earn over $20 billion annually from the creative industry.

“With the growing demand for Nigerian music, movies and fashion, across Africa and in various parts of the globe, our creative industries are spurring innovation, creating jobs, and helping to shape perceptions of Nigeria, as a nation with a strong spirit of creativity and ingenuity.

“We must do more to encourage the innovative works of these young talented Nigerians as they can make significant contributions to the growth and development of our country.

“Second, given our growing population of close to 200 million people, out of which 60 per cent are under the age of 35, it is imperative that we strive to create opportunities that will keep our youths engaged, as it would portend great dangers for the progress of our nation if we allow these talents go to waste.”

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 long experience in the global financial market.

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CBN Disburses N539.8m Loan to Farmers in Q1 2020

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CBN Provides N539.8m Credit to Farmers in Q1 2020

The Central Bank of Nigeria has said it paid out a total sum of N539.8 million to farmers in the first quarter of the year.

The apex bank disclosed this in its third quarter economy report titled ‘Agricultural Credit Guarntee Scheme’ and released on Monday August 3, 2020.

The report stated that “A total of N539.8m loans was granted to 3,161 farmers under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme in the first quarter of 2020.

“This represented a decrease of 53.9 per cent and 34.8 per cent below the levels in the preceding quarter and the corresponding period of 2019 respectively.”

The sub-sectorial analysis showed that food crops received the largest share of the total amount disbursed in the quarter, with N291.6m (54.0 per cent) given to 1,958 beneficiaries. This was followed by the livestock subsector with N115.2 million (21.3 per cent) given to 430 beneficiaries.

Another N64.9 million was paid to 335 beneficiaries in the Cash crops sub-sector. 121 people in the fisheries sub-sector received N36.1 million (6.7 per cent), while the mixed crops collected N16.8m (3.1 per cent) given to 233 beneficiaries and ‘others’ N15.3m (2.9 per cent) given to 84 beneficiaries.

Analysis by the state showed the Federal Capital Territory and other 30 states benefited from the scheme, with the highest sums of N54.8m (10.2 per cent) guaranteed to Ogun state and the lowest sum of N1.8m (0.3 per cent) given to Nasarawa states.

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Cyberfraud: Access Bank Advises Customers to be Vigilant

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Access Bank Plc has joined the number of banks advising customers to stay vigilant amid rising cyberfrauds.

Mr. Victor Etuokwu, the Executive Director, Retail Banking, Access Bank, made the call on Friday in a statement titled “Be fraud smart – Access Bank urges customers.”

Etuokwu said the banking sector has witnessed surged in fraud cases in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He, however, said bank customers had not been spared from these attacks.

He advised bank customers to take more responsibility in protecting their funds and reiterated the bank’s commitment to provide the necessary information needed to identify and fend off fraudsters.

He said, “Over the last few months, the number of reported fraud cases has spiked considerably. This is not unexpected as the current economic hardships experienced due to COVID-19 has caused many to be vulnerable.

“However, this trend has become very disturbing, while we urge customers to become more aware of the tactics employed by fraudsters.

“Access Bank will continue to educate customers on how to avoid falling victims as well as deploy resources to ensure the security of customers’ funds.

According to him, Access Bank had identified smishing, phishing, social engineering, and identity theft as the most common methods used by fraudsters.

He said, “To aid the fight against this common enemy, we have put more power in the hands of our customers, through the *901*911# USSD code.

“We have provided a platform through which customers can immediately deactivate their USSD profile by dialling *901*911# from any phone in the event their mobile devices get lost or stolen.” He said through the years, Access Bank had remained committed to educating its customers, informing and protecting them from fraudsters.”

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Flour Mills Reports 184% Increase in Profit After Tax for FYE March 2020

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Flour Mills Posts 184% Increase in Profit After Tax for FYE March 2020

Flour Mills Nigeria Plc on Monday posted a 184 percent increase in profit after tax for the year ended 31 March 2020.

In the audited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Nigeria’s leading integrated food business and agro-allied Group said revenue grew by 9 percent year-on-year from N527 billion posted in 2018/19 full year to N574 billion.

While profit before tax rose by 72 percent year-on-year to N17.5 billion, up from the N10.2 billion filed in the same period of 2018/19 full year.

The company grew profit after tax by 184 percent year-on-year to N11.4 billion, according to the audited financial statements.

Flour Mills proposed a final dividend of N1.40 for every ordinary share of 50 kobo, representing an increase of 17 percent.

The company said despite “prevailing economic headwinds and the difficult operating terrain of Apapa, the Group had a prosperous and successful year. In line with management’s strategy to continue to stimulate organic growth in all segments of the business, Agro-allied division reached profitability in 2019/20 behind the consistent and focused investments that have been made in this locally sourced segment over the last few years. The Agro-allied segments saw strong profit growth in Oils and Fats and Proteins with Gross Profits more than doubling in both segments on an annual basis.

“Our food business recorded accelerated growths within the business-to-consumer (B2C) segments in line with projections, as our focus to improve customer experience saw the introduction of a range of new products and our strategic marketing and promotional activities to win over new market segments yielded the desired result.

Speaking on the performance, Paul Gbededo, the Group Managing Director, said “The 2019/20 financial year was a remarkable year for our Group and I am really pleased with the result. Our Profit Before Tax saw a remarkable increase of 72 percent to 17.5 billion Naira, while our Profit After Tax nearly tripled from 4.0 billion Naira last year to 11.4 billion Naira in the current year. This is partly attributed to the improved performance of our Agro Allied Businesses and in line with our strategy to continue to grow the wealth of our shareholders.

He added that “We will remain focused on increasing operational efficiency within the group as we continue to implement our accelerated cost optimization plans across all businesses to ensure profitability in the new operating environment.

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