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CIS Council Approves New Qualifications for Stockbrokers

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  • CIS Council Approves New Qualifications for Stockbrokers

The Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers has approved the newly introduced Specialised Professional Certifications called the Stand-Alone-Programme.

Under the new professional qualification, which would be unfolded to potential beneficiaries on February 17 in Lagos, the holder shall be granted a licence to practise in specific areas of the capital market as a core duty, the CIS said in a statement.

The SPC, which is in line with global trends, shall cover the following core areas: commodity trading and derivatives, equities dealing, share registration and custodianship services, investment management and financial advisory.

By the new certifications which commence in March this year, the examination shall run concurrently with the institute’s current professional examinations which hold in March and September annually.

According to the institute’s registrar and chief executive, Mr. Adedeji Ajadi, the requirements for the SPC are the same as the professional examinations. Ajadi explained that a holder of the specialised certificates shall be addressed as stockbroker who is a specialist in one particular area of the securities and investment Industry.

“They are licenced to practise only in that specific area. Although an individual can acquire as many different SPC licences as possible.

Four specialised certificates will qualify the holder to become an Associate Member of the institute,” Ajadi said.

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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Remove Face Mask When Using ATM, Banks Tell Customers

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Face Mask May Cause ATM Transaction Failure, Banks Tell Customers

Deposit Money Banks have said due to their face recognition technology, customers wearing face masks may experience service failure while using the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

In an email issued to customers by Fidelity Bank, the bank said why the use of face masks is important to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, customers should remove when performing ATM transactions.

The bank said “Wearing of face masks is a safety and precautionary measure we must all adhere to in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“However, we advise that you remove your face mask while making withdrawals or carrying out ATM transactions to allow our ATM properly recognise you.

“Fidelity Bank ATM machines have face detection features installed to curb incidences of fraudulent ATM withdrawals.

“Consequently, you may not be able to carry out any transaction if our ATMs are not able to properly recognise you. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you.”

Meanwhile, Guaranty Trust Bank plc continues to ease accessibility for all customers and advised customers to protect themselves.

GTBank said, “When visiting any of our branches, kindly protect yourself by wearing a face mask at all times. It is also very important that you keep a safe distance when in a queue inside or outside the branch.

“Before visiting any of our branches, please remember that you can withdraw up to N150,000 at all our ATMs and that you can do most of your banking from the safety of your home.”

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Access Bank in Talks to Acquire Cavmont Bank

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Access Bank to Acquire Cavmont Bank in Zambia

Access Bank Plc on Wednesday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Zambia, Access Bank Zambia Limited (Access Bank Zambia) is in talks to acquire Cavmont Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Cavmont Capital.

According to the statement signed by Mr. Sunday Ekwochi, Company Secretary, Access Bank and released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange website on Wednesday, the ongoing discussions is to acquire 100 percent of Cavmont Capital’s interest in Cavmont Bank.

However, the lender said “there can be no certainty that a transaction will be agreed, nor as to the terms of any such agreement.

“The completion of a transaction would be subject to formal regulatory approvals. Access Bank will be updating the market as appropriate and in accordance with its disclosure obligations.”

The lender, therefore, advised shareholders to exercise caution when dealing in Access Bank’s securities.

Investors King Ltd note: This announcement further threw more lights on the recent purchases of Access Bank’s shares by Herbert Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Access Bank.

The CEO/MD purchased 7.532 million of Access Bank‘s shares in the last one month.

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Mohammed Umar is the New Acting Chairman of EFCC

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Buhari Appoints Mohammed Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed, Mohammed Umar, the director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the new Acting Chairman of the agency, according to the NAN.

A top official of the commission confirmed to NAN that Umar has taken charge of the agency following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman.

Ibrahim Magu was suspended by the President on Tuesday following series of allegations bordering on frauds, financial misappropriations and abuse of power.

 

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