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Kalu Proposes Bill to Establish National Food Bank of Nigeria

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Orji Kalu National Food Bank of Nigeria

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The former Governor of Abia State, Mr Orji Uzor Kalu, has proposed a bill seeking to establish a National Food Bank of Nigeria.

Mr Kalu, who is now a Senator at the ninth National Assembly, explained that the bill if passed and signed into law will reduce hunger and unemployment in Nigeria.

The lawmaker representing Abia-North Senatorial District at the upper chamber of the parliament further stated that the specialised bank would ensure food security in the country.

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The Chief Whip of the Senate noted that the National Food Bank of Nigeria aims to avail youths the opportunity to secure loans through the bank using their certificates as collateral as well as encourage them to engage in agriculture.

Asides from attaining food stability, Mr Kalu stressed that the bill also aims to reduce the number of unemployed youths in the country and also encourage youth empowerment in the country.

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He submitted that the food bank concept focuses on tackling hunger, reducing food waste and solving the problem of malnutrition through targeted programs that seek to improve the availability of food to different categories of persons.

Business Post gathered that the National Food Bank of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill 2021 SB (780) has already scaled the first reading at the senate.

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It was read before the members of the Senate on Wednesday by the Senate Leader, Mr Yahaya Abdullahi, and subsequently referred for second reading.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Piggyvest Acquires Wealth Management App, Savi.ng

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Piggyvest Acquires

By Adedapo Adesanya

Top savings startup, Piggyvest, has acquired Savi.ng, a wealth management app that allowed users to save via various features like automated savings, fixed deposits, joint savings and PAYE.

This means that all existing Savi.ng users will be automatically migrated to Piggyvest and will continue the good work savi.ng team has started.

Explaining the build-up to the acquisition, Piggyvest revealed that it had spent the last six months preparing – laying foundations, building partnerships needed for the next phase of our growth.

“We have spent the last 6 months preparing —The first half of 2021 has been an intense building period for the entire Piggyvest team.

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“Earlier this year, we began discussions to acquire a savings and investment company, Savi.ng and all its assets and we are more than proud to announce today that the acquisition is now completed,” it disclosed.

The company noted that 2020 was an incredible year as it saw tremendous growth even in a pandemic year as it paid N90 billion to users in the course of the year.

The company noted that so far surpassed this number already in the first half of 2021 and this necessitated the need to expand with the acquirement of the savings and investment company.

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It noted, “We will continue to provide you with the best savings and investment options that we can, and you will continue to be part of a community of 3 million people (and counting!) in the Piggyvest family.

“All existing Savi.ng users will be automatically migrated to Piggyvest and we’ll continue the good work the savi.ng team has started. Our vision remains the same: financial freedom for all, and with this acquisition, we are a step closer.

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“We believe in a connected ecosystem and our mission to give everyone the power to better manage and grow their finances remains ever strong.

“Our parent company, Piggytech Global Limited, continues to grow with a suite of consumer-focused finance products. We will continue to announce them as the year moves along.

“This announcement is one in a long line of announcements, improvements and updates that we will have for you as we continue in 2021.”

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Fitch Affirms AfDB’s AAA Credit Rating

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AfDB Board

By Adedapo Adesanya

The global credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings, has affirmed the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) credit rating at “AAA”, with a stable outlook.

Fitch said the triple-A rating was driven by the extraordinary support of the bank’s shareholders.

Fitch said it views the bank’s risk-management policies as conservative and assesses them as excellent, in line with AAA-rated peers.

“Concentration risk is low, with the bank’s five largest exposures accounting for 32 per cent of total banking portfolio at end-2020,” Fitch said.

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The Vice President for Finance and Chief Finance Officer of the African Development Bank, Mr Bajabulile “Swazi” Tshabalala said, “the affirmation of the bank’s triple-A ratings by Fitch, recognizes the very strong shareholder support our institution benefits from, as well as its strong capitalisation and risk management capabilities.

“The affirmation also speaks to the importance of the Bank’s public policy mandate, particularly during these very challenging times.”

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The global rating agency assessed the bank’s overall exposure to risks as ‘Low,’ balancing ‘Moderate’ credit risk with ‘Excellent’ risk management policies, ‘Low’ concentration, and ‘Very Low’ equity and market risks.”

Commenting on the Fitch rating report, the AfDB President, Mr Akinwumi Adesina, said: “The African Development Bank welcomes the affirmation of the bank’s ‘AAA’ rating, with a stable outlook, despite enormous challenges posed by COVID-19.

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“The bank will continue to enhance its policy and fiscal relevance in support of regional member countries, as they contend with the global and regional repercussions of the pandemic.

“While helping African economies reposition their economies in a COVID-19 environment, we will also maintain our prudential ratios and adequate buffers.”

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15 Fidelity Bank Customers Share N39m in GAIM Promo

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15 Fidelity Bank Customers

By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

No fewer than 15 Fidelity Bank customers have gone home with N39 million in the Get Alert in Millions (GAIM 4) Season 4 savings promo of the financial institutions.

Two of the 15 lucky winners received N10 million each at the 6th/final draw of the campaign held last Thursday in Lagos in the presence of representatives of the National Lottery Commission and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

The two latest two-digit millionaires; Sunday Okeke of Matori Branch Lagos and Justine Nwaozor of Suleja Branch, Niger State, emerged as star prize winners of the promo.

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According to Fidelity Bank, the duo and other winners were picked through a randomised and transparent draw system observed by the lottery and federal competition officials as well as officials of the bank.

Some of them were the Divisional Head of Product Development, Fidelity Bank Plc, Richard Madiebo; the Head of Savings Group, Fidelity Bank Plc, Ukpai Ibe; the Executive Director, Lagos & Southwest, Fidelity Bank Plc, Dr Ken Opara; amongst others.

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The cash prizes were in the categories of N10 million, N3 million, N2 million and N1 million. In addition, 18 consolation prizes of television sets, fridges and generators were given out during the draws.

The GAIM savings promo is one of the bank’s many initiatives aimed at rewarding new and existing customers for their consistent loyalty and patronage and promoting the culture of saving among Nigerians.

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It would be recalled that the promotion was halted in 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting global lockdown.

However, the resumption of the savings promo, according to the organisers, was an opportunity to enrich the lives of its customers even in times of economic uncertainties.

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