- FCMB Offers Free Banking Services to SME Operators
The small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria can now enjoy banking services without charges. This followed First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited’s introduction of free banking transactions for a period of three months for both new and old customers operating in the SMEs segment.
This offering, which began February 1, 2017, is expected to end in April.
A statement from the bank at the weekend said the initiative was aimed at encouraging Nigerians to take active interest in entrepreneurship, while also assisting new and existing SMEs to overcome some of the challenges they usually face, especially at the take-off stage.
The bank explained that to qualify for the free three months banking incentive, an SME operator was required to open an FCMB Business Account and sign-up for a business debit card at any of its over 200 branches spread across the country. The benefits of this value-added offering includes no banking charges on local transactions, free account maintenance and monthly flat charges, free cheque books, free printing of account statements and free bank drafts.
According to the Divisional Head, Retail Banking of FCMB, Mr. OluAkanmu, three months free banking from FCMB to SMEs was another demonstration of the bank’s value as a helpful financial institution committed to helping businesses to thrive in this challenging time.
He stated that: “FCMB is committed to helping Nigerians and their businesses to succeed even in this challenging time. We support them with simple, easy to use transactional products and services that help them to manage their cash and collections efficiently while supporting them in their aspirations to build successful businesses.”
DSS Arrests EFCC, Acting Chairman, Magu
DSS Arrested Magu, the Acting Chairman of EFCC
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on allegation bordering on financial misappropriation, abuse of power and embesslement.
The Acting Chairman was accused of siphoning part of the money recovered from looters, a Punch reported stated.
The report stated “It was learnt that the security details to Magu put up a stiff resistance during the arrest of their principal, as they objected to the DSS move.
But he is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.
This is happening barely two weeks after the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) reportedly complained to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) about Magu’s conduct and advised that he should be relieved of his appointment.
The AGF was said to have accused Magu of insubordination and discrepancies in the figures of funds recovered by the EFCC.
Again CBN Debits Banks N118 Billion for Failing to Meet CRR Target
CBN Debits Deposit Money Banks N118bn for Not Meeting CRR Target
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday debited the nation’s deposit money banks a total sum of N118 billion for failing to meet 27.5 percent Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) target.
This is the fourth of such action, bringing the total amount debited so far this year to N2.2 trillion.
According to Tunde Abidoye, an analyst at Lagos-based FBN Quest, the move brings “further downward pressure on banks liquidity ratios and earnings.”
“Based on the total sum that each bank has been debited this year, and our NIM assumptions for each bank, we estimate an aggregate opportunity cost of funds of N86bn for our universe of banks coverage,” Abidoye stated in a note to clients.
The central bank continues to debit banks to force them to loan more into the real sector and also reduce their forex purchasing power to better manage the nation’s weak foreign reserves and curb capital outflow. A series of recent reports have pointed to a possible foreign exchange devaluation to ease pressure on the nation’s reserves.
The report shows that the Stanbic IBTC and Guaranty Trust Bank were debited N15 billion each.
Debt Market: Dangote Cement Raises N250 Billion in H1, 2020
Dangote Cement Raises N250 Billion From Debt Market in H1 2020
Dangote Cement raised a total sum of N250 billion from the nation’s debt market in the first half of the year, according to the FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited.
In the statement published on the FMDQ website, the N250 billion debt includes the N100 billion Series 1 Bond raised under Dangote Cement’s N300 billion Bond Programme and the N150 billion Commercial Paper (Series 13-16 Domestic CP Issuance Programme) offered earlier in the year and now listed and quoted on FMDQ Securities.
Mr Michel Puchercos, the Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Cement, was quoted as saying, “This landmark transaction is the largest-ever bond issuance by a corporate issuer in Nigeria.
“It allows us to further broaden our sources of funding by accessing long-term debt at competitive costs from the capital market and builds further on the success of our domestic commercial paper programme.
“The success of these transactions, in the current challenging environment, illustrates investors’ continuous confidence in Dangote Cement’s strategy, strong cash generation and solid credit profile.”
Mr Kobby Bentsi-Enchill, the Executive Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, said, “Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited has a long history of partnering with Dangote Cement Plc, and are delighted to have advised on this landmark corporate bond issuance, which reflects the depth and diversity of the Nigerian debt capital markets.”
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