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Is Polaris Bank Destined To Fail***As Concern Mount Over Management Of N786 Billion Intervention

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***Skye Bank Limited board blew N2.2 trillion worth of banking assets over three years

***How will the same group in Polaris Bank manage N786 billion profitably in two years, experts ask

There is mounting concern among financial industry experts regarding the management of the sum of N786 billion which Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), recently invested into Polaris Bank, an abridged financial institution from the defunct Skye Bank Limited.

The concern is not isolated, as pointers are that the funds injected into the bank might just go down the drain in the same manner as the 2016 intervention injected into the defunct Skye Bank Limited.

Months back, the CBN, announced that it had revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank Limited, adding that it had however secured investment of depositors.

While the news of securing depositors money was a good one, the sour part of it all was when it announced that an abridge Polaris Bank, an offshoot of the defunct Skye Bank Limited would be managed by the same board and management which had ran Skye Bank Limited aground and blew a whooping N2.2 trillion worth of banking assets over three years.

This was the same board that only two years earlier had ran aground  an intervention fund gotten on July 2016, from the CBN. This was after the Tunde Ayeni-led board had been sack following a bad loan of  N700 billion, so there is no speculation about old debts affecting new investment.

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Within two years of receiving the intervention, it was mismanaged and Skye Bank Limited started showing its face again in the lending market before it eventually became comatose and had to be rested.

Within months of Polaris Bank becoming operative, there are concerns that the new investment might just be mismanaged, as was that of 2016.

Reactions that have been pouring in are conclusive, as stakeholders in the industry have urged the CBN to hold the Directors of the bank responsible if anything goes wrong with the new intervention injected into Polaris Bank.

Reacting to the manner with which Skye Bank Limited became defunct, Patrick Ajudua said “The Directors of Skye Bank must be held accountable, their properties should be sold to offset the debts and not the ordinary shareholders that entrusted the companies to them.”

“Tell me why the minority shareholders should suffer for sins committed by the Board and Management of the bank. Are we (the ordinary shareholders) the ones that granted the non performing loans. Are we the cause of regulatory failures on the part of CBN, NDIC, NSE and SEC,” he queried.

This position becomes stronger with the statement of the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed. Ahmed was quoted saying that all of those responsible for the failure of Skye Bank Limited would be brought to book.

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The minister made the statement during a familiarisation visit to the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

She said: “The example of the recently wound-up Skye Bank, now Polaris Bank is something we would look into. We would find out what happened. Your investigation must be thorough; we are going to hold whoever was responsible for the failure of that bank.”

“We have to show some examples, we cannot just be bailing out banks and leaving perpetrators of the failure of these banks to just go scot-free.

“Even though you intervene by protecting depositors, but your intervention is limited. You’re not able to payback all that the depositors have. We must show some examples and this is a good one for us to start with.”

Indeed, the statement by Ahmed couldn’t have been more precise, if within the two years which AMCON is supposed to sell off Polaris Bank, the financial institution becomes distress or it fail, its board including the duo of its managing director, Abiru and its Chairman Alhaji Ahmed should be held responsible. Interestingly, the faith of the bank might already have been known.

If the same board working in Skye Bank Limited blew N2.2 trillion worth of banking assets over three years, how does it hope to manage N786 billion profitably in two years? Time will definitely tell.

 

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Jumia: Promoting Nigerian Economy through MSMEs Empowerment

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The role of micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) in areas of promoting inclusive growth, increasing the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), creation of employment opportunities and wealth creation, the world over, can never be overemphasised. Their immense contributions to the growth of their micro and macroeconomics is the reason countries, developed and developing, highly regard their MSMEs sector.

 

According to the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), MSMEs make up over 90 percent of all firms and account for an average of 60 to 70 percent of total employment and 50 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of any economy. In Nigeria, however, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the sector has over 37 million MSMEs and employs over 54 million skilled and unskilled labour while contributing about 54 percent to GDP of the country.

 

To underscore the importance of the role the sector plays towards the economic development of every country, almost all countries make special provisions to aid the growth of the sector. For example, while the Indian government created a separate ministry to cater to their needs, Nigeria established the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to specifically promote the development of the MSME sector in Nigeria. The efforts of Nigerian government in boosting the sector, notwithstanding, the sector needs more facilitators if it would catch up with its counterparts in other developed and developing countries.

 

One company that stands out in complementing the efforts of the government in facilitating the growth of the MSMEs in the country is Jumia Nigeria, the leading pan-African e-commerce platform. The company, which started in 2012 in Lagos and currently has a presence across more than 11 African countries, has woven its operations and products to suit the peculiar needs, and also serve the interests of the MSMEs.

 

Being the leading online marketplace in Africa for a wide range of products, the company offers all manufacturers, distributors, and sellers, most of whom are MSMEs, a platform to sell their goods and services to their consumers. The company also offers logistics service, which enables the shipment and delivery of packages from sellers to consumers, and payment service, which facilitates transactions among participants active on Jamia’s platform in selected markets.

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Jumia Nigeria alone has over 15,000 active sellers, about 80 percent of whom are MSMEs, offering a wide range of goods including smartphones, consumer electronics, fashion and apparel, home and living, consumer packaged goods, beauty, and perfumes, etc. It also provides consumers with easy access to a number of services, such as restaurant food delivery, airtime recharge, etc. The Jumia platform saves each of these MSMEs the cost of marketing, renting and operating physical stores, thereby increasing their profitability and boosting their growth.

 

Only last year, the company launched the Jumia Mall, an online platform where any interested brands could reach their target audiences through advertisement and display of their products and services. This platform, with its wide reach, offers these brands, irrespective of their sizes, a much wider reach at a much-reduced price thereby reducing their cost of marketing and advertising. Many MSMEs, and even some Fortune 500 companies are taking advantage of the platform to reach their current and prospective consumers.

 

On the logistics aspect of its business, Jumia, not only uses its own vehicles but also third-party logistics companies to deliver merchandise from the sellers to the consumers. Apart from satisfying its numerous customers, Jumia has facilitated the growth of the logistics business in Nigeria by offering ready businesses, through patronage, to these third-party logistics services providers, who are mostly MSMEs. The company has over 100 local logistics services providers on its integrated network. It recently incorporated Gokada, one of the motorcycle hailing companies whose operations were recently restricted in Lagos State, saving the company from imminent collapse as a result of the regulatory restriction.

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The company also has a payment service, JumiaPay, designed to offer a safe, fast and easy solution to online payments on its platform. The service which is available in six countries – Nigeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Morocco, and Kenya – has been expanded beyond the physical goods marketplace to also include the purchase of the company’s on-demand services such as restaurant food delivery, and airtime recharge.

 

JumiaPay offers convenience to all the parties for every transaction – customers, sellers, financial institutions etc. Prior to the launch of the service in 2016, Jumia users had to use other payment platforms to make payments for purchased items. This state of affairs was fraught with issues, especially when transactions are not completed. It, then, took days to weeks to get a refund when, for example, an item you ordered for wasn’t delivered or is damaged, or doesn’t match website description etc. Jumia works with banks to provide a more secure option of payments where you get reimbursed instantly if anything goes wrong with your order. It also ensures prompt payment to the sellers once the transaction is completed.

 

On job creation, few private companies have impacted on the Nigerian economy as Jumia. They have promoted entrepreneurship by reducing the hassles that come with marketing and logistics. By offering these at reduced prices, Jumia has emboldened many prospective entrepreneurs to take up the challenge of entrepreneurship thus, not only employing themselves but also employing many other people.

 

Jumia has shown that the nation’s economic growth could be facilitated by private corporate concerns through the building of ecosystems that could empower MSMEs in every aspect of their businesses. Jumia deliberately built its ecosystem this way and it is working out, not only for the company but for the country at large.

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GTBank’s MD/CEO, Segun Agbaje to speak at Social Media Week 

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***Thursday, February 27 Is D-Day

 

 The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, is set to lead a conversation at Social Media Week Lagos on Thursday, February 27, 2020. 

Tagged “Going Beyond the Digital Experience,” Segun Agbaje’s Keynote at the Social Media Week 2020 will focus on the role of banks in Africa’s rapidly changing digital and financial services landscape.

 

As banks continue to expand their digital touch-points, Segun Agbaje will expand on why banks must think less about channels and more about contexts, in order to deliver services and experiences that enrich people’s lives. This means staying consistent in delivering human experiences that treat customers not just as part of segments but as people with individual emotions and motivations.

 

Passionate about innovation and embracing disruptive technologies, Segun Agbaje is currently driving the transformation of the Bank into a business platform that offers customers a wide range of benefits beyond banking whilst delivering the utmost in human experiences.

 

To attend Segun Agbaje’s keynote at the Social Media Week Lagos, click here to register.

See you soon!

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Financial Empowerment: UBA Launches ‘Click Credit’ to Ease Access to Cash for Customers

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Pan African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has launched ‘Click Credit’, a time loan designed to address the urgent needs of customers whose salary accounts are domiciled with the bank.

As a bank backed by a strong retail franchise with over 1,000 business offices serving 19 million customers, UBA has introduced this product in line with the bank’s mission of creating value for its customers while assisting them to meet up with their urgent needs. The loan product, already being enjoyed by millions of customers in  Nigeria will be extended to the Bank’s other franchises in Africa.  

Click Credit, which has been carefully crafted to improve the lives of the UBA customers, is a superfast loan product which will allow qualified customers to apply for up to N5 million loan and pay back over 12 months at an interest rate of 1.58% per month, with no hidden fees.

Specifically, salary earners from N25,000 per month who fall between the ages of 18 and 59 can benefit from this facility with no extra fees; no need for collaterals, no paper-work or other difficult issues when it comes to this facility; as customers can even apply via LEO, UBA Mobile Banking and UBA internet banking.

UBA’s Group Head of Retail Banking, Mr. Jude Anele, who revealed that qualified customers have begun to enjoy the service, explained that the loan provides immediate access to funds once eligibility is confirmed in less than a meeting

He said, “As Africa’s most innovative and technology-driven financial institution with an array of novel products and services tailored to the needs of its millions of customers, we have launched Click Credit, which is straightforward and more affordable than many other loan products in the market.  Its unique feature is that it meets a critical credit need for our customers”.

Anele while emphasising the critical role that credit plays in any developing and developed society, said that it is part of the customers’ financial power where they can be assisted to get the things they need, when they need them without hassles.

While explaining that this product is being rolled out first in Nigeria and subsequently in the rest of UBA’s countries of operations; he explained that UBA is committed to ensuring that Click Credit helps the bank’s customers to cover critical needs and set them up for success, having moved past that moment of need.

On her part, UBA’s Group Head, Marketing, Dupe Olusola, reiterated that UBA remains focused on empowering its customers to fund their urgent needs.

“At UBA, we work hard to be there in the moments that matter to our customers, hence, our huge investment in technology and other facilities to make banking easier and seamless,” Olusola explained, adding that the bank has deepened its focus on the most important aspect of its business which are its the customers.

To ensure ease of access, customers can apply for Click Credit by simply dialling *919*28# or via UBA’s chat bank ‘Leo’, UBA Mobile Banking app and UBA Internet Banking.

 Customers can also speak to the Bank’s  Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) about Click Credit. The terms of the loan are available at www.ubagroup.com/clickcredit.

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