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natnuPreneur kick starts the CBN Anchor Borrower Programme in Lagos

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Ten poultry farmers registered under Nigeria’s foremost broiler out-grower scheme, natnuPreneur, have become the first beneficiaries of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s poultry Anchor Borrowers Scheme (ABP).

The farmers took delivery of 1000 birds each in a ceremony which held at Erikorodo farm settlement, Ikorodu, Lagos on Thursday, August 17th, 2017.

The event had the CBN, Bank of Agriculture (BOA), the Ministry of Agriculture Lagos state, AMO Farms, Erikorodo Poultry Farmers’ Association well represented; a total of 10,000 Day Old Chicks (DOCs) were formally handed over to the beneficiaries following the delivery of 38 tonnes of feeds for the six weeks rearing period, three days prior.

While addressing newsmen shortly after the handing over ceremony, the Coordinator of natnuPreneur, Mr. Gbolade Adewole expressed satisfaction at the success of the event pointing out that it is another feather added to the cap of the natnuPreneur initiative.

“This is another success we are recording here today. It is a thing of joy for us at Amo Farms to have our farmers kick start the pilot phase of this CBN initiative. It tells you that there is something we are doing right and I can assure that this scheme will be a success”.

“With the technical support and training we render farmers through our  team of Animal Scientists, veterinary doctors, customer satisfaction representatives,  I am sure that in the next six weeks, our farmers would have successfully reared these chicks into healthy broilers, which we’ll be buying back from them, at the agreed off-take price” he said.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Adebisi Adedeji, Head of the Development Finance Office (DFO) CBN Lagos, reiterated the apex bank’s commitment towards reducing Nigeria’s food importation and encouraging locally produced food both for consumption and export.

Mr. Adebisi explained that as part of realizing the food security goal of the Federal Government, the CBN in collaboration with Amo Farm Sieberer Hatchery Limited, has engaged 33 farmers registered under the natnuPreneur out-grower scheme, in a pilot phase of broiler production.

Explaining the role of the CBN in the programme, Mr. Adebisi said “This is the pilot phase for the poultry farmer’s ABP in Lagos. This might appear like a small project at the moment but we assure you that by the end of this year, there will be hundreds and if possible thousands of farmers involved in this scheme. The scheme will cut across other areas of agriculture, but, we are starting with poultry because, unlike others, it’s not seasonal. The CBN has invested a lot into this programme and we will still invest more. What we have done is to provide the farmers with the finance needed to buy the birds, the feed and other inputs necessary materials to successfully rear the birds”.

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He said that as part of measures already in place to ensure the success of the scheme, a ready market has been prepared for the farmers in natnudO foods through natnuPreneur broiler out-grower scheme. He assured them that, market changes will not affect their selling price as the already agreed selling price will apply at the end of the cycle notwithstanding possible market changes.

In his words, “The Anchor, natnudO Foods, who is also the off taker, has guaranteed that they will buy off all the produce at the end of the cycle at a fixed price. So it’s not a situation where the farmers at the end of the day will be looking for a market or people to sell their produce to, there is a ready market for them. Also, price risk as a result of market changes will not affect them because; the broilers will be bought at the agreed price. So it’s a win –win situation for all the parties involved” he said.

He expressed optimism that in the next six weeks the DOCs would be ready for culling, and assured that it will be a successful outing.

While also addressing the farmers, the General Manager, Policy and Strategy, AMO Group, Mr. Toromade Francis noted that the achievement is an addition to the success natnudO Foods has recorded with its natnuPreneur scheme.

In his words: “For us this is not the first time. So far, we have onboarded about 1,219 natnuPreneur farmers nationwide, culled over 3.8 million birds and paid over N4Billion to farmers across the country. So, this is just an addition to what we have done”.

He advised the farmers to be committed, effective and prudent while assuring them that natnudO Foods being the anchor to the programme will provide all technical support needed for them to succeed. He assured them that the chicks, feed and other inputs that have been given to them are of the highest quality.

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“I assure you that, as the anchor in this programme, we will support you with all the technical assistance you require, as we assume that after six weeks, you would have been able to achieve the weight expected. This is a journey which is starting today and we hope that by this time next year, we should be harvesting hundreds of thousands of chickens from these farms. We have increased the capacity of our abattoirs, we have decentralized and are now processing in Port Harcourt and Kaduna just to ensure that we accommodate all the chickens that you will raise, we’re also constructing an abattoir in Uyo.” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Captain Eka Justus, the Chairman, Erikorodo Poultry Farmers Association thanked the CBN, BOA, Lagos state ministry of Agriculture and AMO Farms for the opportunity and promised that the farmers will not disappoint them.

“We want to express our joy at this opportunity because, to be selected amongst all the farms in Lagos State as the first beneficiary of this programme is an honour and privilege. We say a big thank you to CBN, BOA, Ministry of Agriculture, Amo Farms and natnudO Foods. We assure you that we will not let you down” he said.

The Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) was established by the CBN and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) with the intention to create a linkage between anchor companies and small holder farmers (SHFs) providing them with key agricultural commodities. The programme thrust of the ABP is provision of farm inputs in kind and cash to small holder farmers to boost production of commodities, stabilize inputs supply to agro processors and address the country’s negative balance of payments on food.  At harvest, the SHF supplies his/her produce to the Agro-processor (Anchor) who pays the cash equivalent to the farmer’s account.

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Richard Quest Visit Management Of Fidelity Bank Plc

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CNN Anchor, Richard Quest (left) engaging with Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo on SME lending and leveraging digital channels to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria… Monday

CNN Anchor, Richard Quest, paid a courtesy visit on the Management of Fidelity Bank Plc on Monday, February 12.

During the visit, he engaged the team on several issues including SME lending and leveraging digital channels to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria.

www.theoctopusnews.com, presents pictures from the event.

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3,000 Undergraduates Benefit From Fidelity Youth Empowerment Programme

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Fidelity Bank Plc, has trained over 3,000 undergraduates from various tertiary institution on skills acquisition through its youth empowerment programme. Nnamdi Okonkwo, the bank’s CEO made this disclosure Friday during the closing ceremony of the Fidelity Youth Empowerment Academy (FYEA) held at the Sokoto State University (SSU) in Sokoto.

“The students were drawn from the 5 institutions that have benefitted from the banks youth empowerment initiative that aims to teach vocational and entrepreneurship skills”, he stated.

Okonkwo who was represented by the Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, Fidelity Bank, Mr. Chris Nnakwe called on Nigerian youths to embrace entrepreneurship and create wealth for themselves instead of searching endlessly for non-existing paid jobs.

Organised as part of the bank’s CSR intervention, Nnakwe pointed out that the programme now in its 7th edition seeks to empower the Nigerian undergraduate with skills and enterprise training, which are relevant for self-reliance.

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He stated that the bank had organised the programme in various institutions of higher learning including the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Waziri Umar Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi; Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State; Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt; Bayero University, Kano and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

For the Sokoto edition, Nnakwe stated the bank has expanded the scope of the programme in a bid to accommodate new areas of vocational training. Apart from the typical training on tailoring and make-up, he noted that participants were also provided with requisite skills and first-hand knowledge in Fashion Designing, Cloth Embellishment, Cocktail and Phone Engineering among others. “We in Fidelity Bank have targeted programmes on education, environment and youth empowerment. This one you are witnessing today is part of fulfilling our promises to the society,” Nnakwe said.

According to him, the youths were trained to acquire skills to enable them to become self-reliant and also make them employers of labours even while in school. He disclosed that at the end of the training, starter packs would be given to each participant to enable him or her to commence business.

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Speaking earlier at the opening ceremony, the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal, thanked Fidelity Bank for choosing the school for the programme. Tambuwal, stressed that as a responsible government his administration has prioritised the welfare of the youths in the state. He enjoined the participants to stay focused and concentrate in order to benefit from the training.

In the same vein, the Vice Chancellor, Sokoto State University, Prof. Sani Dangogo, thanked Fidelity Bank for the gesture, saying the training would go a long way in alleviating the financial burden of the students.

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2020 GTBank Lagos Polo Leighton Kings are Majek champions NRT, RCF win Low, Governor’s Cups

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The 2020 GTBank Lagos International Polo Tournament ended on a flourishing note Sunday with Lagos Leighton Kings clinching the prestigious Majekodunmi Cup 10-5 at the expense of Lintex Agad.
NRT also clinched the Low Cup while RCF win the Governor’s Cup.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Kwara state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Alhaji Aliko Dangote and MD/CEO GTBank,  Mr Segun Agbaje led the large roll call of dignitaries for a colourful ending to a memorable tournament which featured an unprecedented 39 teams.
The Kings, which had Bowale Jolaosho, Bello Buba, Raul Laplacette and Manuel Crespo, were aiming for an unprecedented four title wins having won the Oba of Lagos Cup, Open Cup, Italian Ambassador’s Cup but were pushed all through in the opening and second chukkas by Agad which paraded Sodiq Dantata, Bashir Dantata, Chris McKenzie and Thomas Lorente.
The Kings’ superiority eventually came to fore in from the third all through the end of the six-chukka match as they coasted to victory with five clear goals.
In the  Low Cup final, which was the penultimate match of the dual-phase tournament, Timi Badiru scored a high – goal with less than two minutes to play as NRT survived a late surge by STL for a 9 ½ – 8 triumph over their fellow Lagos side.
Englishman Dorian Bulteau – playing for the first time in Arfica – was pivotal to the priceless win scoring a handful of the goals for the team who also featured Tomi Ojora and Yasin Amusan.
The Governor’s Cup went the way of Lagos RCF A+ with Argentine five-goaler Andre Crespo leading the home team’s resurgence.
Nasariya were leading 4-1 as at the tail end of the penultimate third chukka but four straight goals by RCF three of which came off the mallet of the South American and one from Mohammed Dangote completed a remarkable turnaround.
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L-R Speaker,  House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria,Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Governor,  Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu; Governor,  Ogun State,Mr. Dapo Abiodun and Executive Director,  Gtbank,  Mr. Hassan Musa during the presentation of the trophy at the Final of the Majekodunmi Polo Tournament sponsored by Gtbank in Lagos, at the weekend.
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