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FirstBank unveils school products, others

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FirstBank unveils school products, others

FirstBank of Nigeria Limited has unveiled products and solutions to boost the educational sector.

The bank also has products for parents and guardians to meet the children’s needs.

The products and solutions include the FirstEdu Loan, Operational Vehicle Loan, Term Loans, Personal Loan Against Salary (PLAS) and FirstAdvance for parents/guardians to pay their wards’ fees.

The FirstEdu loan offers short-term finance to private pre-primary, primary and secondary schools/A level educational institutions.

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The product offers opportunity for private schools to access flexible funding to meet the cash flows, replace old furniture and equipment or assets, buy fairly-used school buses, as well as refurbish dilapidated buildings and classroom blocks.

The product helps school owners/proprietors to bridge the no-income gap between terms.

Schools without tangible collateral can get up to N20million but their fees account must domiciled with the bank.

Also, schools that are yet to be registered can access up to N2million without collateral.

To cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic, the bank, in collaboration with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) is set to finance low-cost private schools at a single digit interest rate.

The bank is also in partnership with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) to finance member schools at a highly competitive rate.

This reduces the cost of borrowing to the customer and eliminates the challenges posed by the provision of additional demanding collaterals.

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The Operational Vehicle Loan is targeted at registered businesses. It allows the entrepreneur to acquire brand new vehicles for the day to day operation of the business. Organisations can take advantage of this facility to purchase school buses in the case of school proprietors and even upscale their staff welfare schemes through the provision of staff buses. The product terms and conditions are competitive.

Personal Loan against Salary (PLAS) offers customers in paid employment access to cash to meet immediate financial needs such as the payment of school fees, medical treatment, holiday expenses, etc. PLAS has a flexible repayment plan spread up to 48 months for our customers’ convenience. There is no equity contribution or collateral requirement.

FirstAdvance is a 30-day tenured digital loan also available to salary customers who are in need of assistance to meet immediate financial needs. It empowers customers to access upto 50% of their net monthly salary in less than a minute at any desired time by dialling *894*11# or through our FirstMobile App. Only a salary account domiciled with FirstBank will qualify you for PLAS and FirstAdvance.

Beyond these, FirstBank is at the forefront of promoting virtual learning, whilst exposing not just school children but individuals of all ages to various e-learning initiatives, designed to promote innovation and skills development on emerging technologies through focus areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Cloud, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Data Science and Analytics, and Cybersecurity.

In achieving this, the bank has collaborated with Lagos State government, IBM and Curious Learning to ensure the e-learning initiative swiftly moves across the country to school children and individuals with the need to promote the pursuit of knowledge, irrespective of age.

Speaking on the bank’s support for schools, Mr. Chuma Ezirim, FirstBank’s Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, said “at FirstBank, we recognize the indelible roles the educational sector plays in promoting national economic development and we are delighted to support schools with collateral free educational solutions to meet various needs and projects to advance to the next level.”

“As schools proceed with the new term, we enjoin interested schools to visit the nearest branch or the bank’s website for more information .”

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Buhari Asks Senate To Amend PIA, Ignores Oil Areas’ Demand For 5%

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Buhari Asks Senate To Amend PIA, Ignores Oil Areas' Demand For 5%

As President Muhammadu Buhari seeks to amend certain provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), he is silent on the demand of oil communities for five percent equity share.

The joint National Assembly committees that worked on the PIB had proposed a five per cent equity share for the development of the host communities but the Senate led the campaign for its reduction to three per cent while the House of Representatives approved the panel’s recommendation.

The conference committee set up by the presiding officers of both chambers in their recommendation, fixed the equity share at three per cent and was invariably approved by the National Assembly.

The development degenerated into a controversy with senators from the South-South geopolitical zone kicking against it and asked Buhari to resolve the impasse by seeking an amendment to increase the equity share to five per cent.

However, the new amendments proposed by the president did not address the concerns of the South-South stakeholders.

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Rather, Buhari’s fresh request centred basically on the need to review the administrative structure of the Upstream Regulatory Commission and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

Buhari is seeking the senators’ approval to increase the numbers of the non-executive board members of each of the regulatory agencies from two to six, in order to capture the six geopolitical zones.

He said: “The Petroleum Industry Act 2021 provided for the appointment of two non- executive members for the board of the two regulatory institutions.

“I am of the view that this membership limitation has not addressed the principle of balanced geopolitical representation of the country.

“Therefore, I pray for the intervention of the 9th Assembly to correct this oversight in the interest of our national unity.

“Needless to add that this amendment will provide a sense of participation and inclusion to almost every section of the country in the decision making of strategic institutions such as oil industry.

“if this amendment is approved, it will now increase the number of the non-executive members from two to six that is one person from each of the six geopolitical zones of the country.”

The president also removed the ministers of finance and petroleum resources from the board of the two agencies.

According to him, the two ministers already have constitutional responsibilities of either supervision or inter-governmental relations.
He said: “They can continue to perform such roles without being on the board.

“It is also important to note that administratively, the representatives of the ministries on the board will be directors – being the same rank with the directors in the institution

“This may bring some complications in some decision-making especially on staff-related matters.”

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Buhari added that the appointments of the executive directors who would be in charge of the seven departments in the NMDPRA should not be subjected to Senate confirmation since they are civil servants who were promoted in the course of their career.

He said :“The Act has made provision for seven departmental heads in the Authority to be known as executive directors.

“Their appointment (according to the PIA) will also be subjected to Senate confirmation. This category of officers are civil servants and not political appointees.

“The Senate is invited to note the need to exempt serving public officers from the established confirmation process for political appointments.

“This will ensure effective management of the regulatory institutions through uniform implementation of public service rules for employees of the Authority.

“In the future, these positions will obviously be filled by the workers in the Authority.”

Buhari said the proposed amendment would also increase the membership of the board from nine to 13 members that is representing 44 per cent expansion of the board site.

He said: “This composition would strengthen the institutions and guarantee national spread and also achieve the expected policy contributions.”

 

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Obasanjo Lashes Out At Buhari Over Borrowing

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Obasanjo Lashes Out At Buhari Over Borrowing

Erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the Federal Government’s plan to take fresh loans amid criticism by Nigerians over incessant borrowing by the current administration.

While speaking to Channels Television in South Africa, Obasanjo described as criminal, the alleged move to accumulate debts for the next generation to pay.

Obasanjo expressed worries that if the existing debts remain unserviced or unpaid by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, it might become a huge problem for successive governments.

The president, a few days ago, requested the approval of the National Assembly to borrow the fresh sums of $4,054,476,863 and €710 million.

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Reacting, the former president who believes that borrowing is not a problem, however, stated that the challenge would be the utilization of the borrowed fund and the plan or capacity to pay back.

He said: “But if you are borrowing and accumulating debts for the next generation and the next generation after them, it is criminal. What are you borrowing for?

“If we are borrowing for recurrent expenditure, it is the height of folly. If we are borrowing for development that can pay for itself, that is understandable. Then the payment, how long will it take to pay itself?”

 

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Buhari Orders Incorporation Of NNPC Limited, Names Board Members

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

In a statement on Sunday by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, he said that the president gave the order in his capacity as the Minister of Petroleum.

“This is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to cause for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the Company,” the statement said.

The statement said the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, had been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.

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President Buhari has also approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited, with effect from the date of incorporation of the company.

The President named Senator Ifeanyi Ararume aa Chairman of the Board while Mele Kolo Kyari and Umar I. Ajiya were appointed as Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.

Other Board Members are; Dr Tajudeen Umar (North East), Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North Central), Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North West), Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo (South East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South South), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).

 

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