By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it has pegged the auctioning price of 3.5GHz spectrum to facilitate deployment of fifth-generation technology (5G) in the county at N75 billion.
This was revealed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the commission, Mr Umar Danbatta, at the Prize Presentation Ceremony of the 3rd NCC National Essay Competition on 5G technology in Abuja, explaining that 100MHz of the 3.5GHz will cost N75 billion.
The EVC disclosed that the auction was software-based, adding that provision had been made for the manual auction should the auction software fail during the process.
He informed that new entrants were allowed to participate in addition to existing licensees and only licensees with 100 per cent regulatory approval would be allowed to participate in the auction.
“The NCC is at the verge of auctioning Spectrum for the provision of 5G technology, and we decided to take advantage of the moment by motivating challenging our youth to be innovative and as resourceful as their counterparts in advanced countries.
“The controversies surrounding COVID-19 and 5G technology is now in the past.
“I want to reassure you that the economic benefits of 5G to Nigeria post-coronavirus pandemic will be huge, especially as almost all businesses and activities of government are migrating and offering their services online.
“5G will enable a new kind of network to Nigerians that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.
“Nigeria’s vibrant youth population stands to benefit immensely from the deployment of 5G as it will offer technopreneurs, technology enthusiasts, SMEs and Tech-startups platform to expand and network with other global players on a scale that has never been witnessed before,” Mr Danbatta stated.
In his remarks, NCC’s Director Public Affairs, Mr Ikechukwu Adinde, noted that the commission was committed to promoting innovations, research and development.
According to him, “The NCC, as the regulator of Nigeria’s dynamic telecoms industry, recognises the importance of this new technology to the nation’s development. Because of the need to stay ahead of the game, it has become important for the commission to catch these youths in their prime through the promotion of competitions that arouse their curiosity, and promote innovation and research just like other counterparts in developed countries.”
NEM Insurance Seeks Regulatory Approval for Share Reconstruction
By Dipo Olowookere
The board of NEM Insurance Plc is seeking regulatory approval for its proposed share reconstruction, a notice from the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Plc has confirmed.
Ms Lilian Dako, who signed the disclosure on behalf of the Head of Listings Regulation Department at the NGX, said the underwriting firm filed its application through its stockbroker, Apel Asset Limited.
NEM Insurance intends to redenominate the nominal value of its stocks from 50 kobo to N1 and then turn every two shares of 50 kobo into one share of N1.00 each.
At the moment, the total authorised shares of the company stand at 10,400,000,000 units of 50 kobo each but this will change to 5,200,000,000 units of N1.00 after the exercise.
However, the authorized share capital will remain at N5.2 billion both before and after the share reconstruction, according to the statement.
“Following the resolutions passed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NEM Insurance Plc on June 24, 2021, trading license holders are hereby notified that Nigerian Exchange Limited has received an application from Apel Asset Limited for a proposed share reconstruction of NEM Insurance Plc.
“The share reconstruction involves redenomination of the nominal value of the company’s shares from N0.50 to N1.00, resulting in the consolidation of every 2 shares of N.50 each held in NEM Insurance Plc into one share of N1.00 each.
Analysis of the Company?s share capital, pre and post share reconstruction, is provided in the table below:
Details Pre Share Reconstruction Post Share Reconstruction
Authorized share capital (N) 5,200,000,000 5,200,000,000
Issued Share Capital (N) 5,016,477,989 5,016,477,989
Nominal Value per share (N) 0.50 1.00
Total Authorized (Units) 10,400,000,000 5,200,000,000
Total Issued Issues (Units) 10,032,955,535 5,016,477,989
“Further information regarding the share reconstruction will be communicated in due course,” the notice from the exchange today stated.
OPEC Extends Compensation for Nigeria, Others to June 2022
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has extended the compensation period for defaulting countries in the ongoing oil cuts until June 2022.
This was contained in a statement by the group’s Secretariat, which noted that the extension was granted following requests by some of the underperforming countries.
Nigeria is one of the defaulters and the Vienna-based cartel had previously extended the deadline to submit their compensation plans latest by December 17.
The group reiterated the “critical” importance of adhering to full conformity and to the compensation mechanism.
For some of the countries involved in the Declaration of Cooperation, DoC had defaulted at trimming their cut quotas at some point in the agreement.
Reaffirming the decision of the 10th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, ONOMM held on April 12, 2020, and July 18, 2021, the overall monthly production adjustment plan was adjusted by 400,000 barrels per day for the month of January 2022.
The group reaffirmed the continued commitment of participating countries in the DoC to ensure a stable and balanced oil market.
The biggest concerns were whether the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus might torpedo the budding global economic recovery, and the restiveness of the United States and key Asian customers, including China, over high oil prices.
The 24th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting will be held on January 4, 2022.
FarmTime Gets $50,000 to Boost Organic Fertilizer Production
By Dipo Olowookere
An agric-startup based in Tanzania, FarmTime Company Limited, has become the latest beneficiary of a new revenue-linked matching fund designed to incentivize investors to back younger entrepreneurs.
The firm, which was established in 2017 to recycle and repurpose plant and animal waste to produce organic fertilizers, delivering consistent and traceable nutrients at affordable prices, has secured a $50,000 funding support to expand its operations.
FarmTime, a new entrant to the organic fertilizer market in Tanzania, obtained the fresh capital in a round led by Umsizi Fund, which triggered a guaranteed match from the Young Entrepreneurs Fund (YEF).
YEF was launched in 2019 and provides matching investments of up to $50,000 to qualifying entrepreneurs. To date, over $250,000 has been invested across Africa with a growing pipeline of opportunities.
The scheme was designed to incentivise investments into very young entrepreneurs in Africa. It is a “guaranteed follow” fund that will match investments into ventures led by graduates of African Leadership Academy (ALA) programs, including The Anzisha Prize.
Rather than take equity positions, the fund has very intentionally chosen an innovative debt model with variable repayments linked to company revenues.
The founder of the latest beneficiary, FarmTime, Mr Jubilate Lema, disclosed that the new funds would be used to develop solutions to food security that balance human prosperity and the environment at large.
“I hope more funds take the approach of Umsizi and YEF with a revenue-linked debt instrument,” says Lema, “It was easy to understand, doesn’t load our cap table, and forced us to think about cash flow as well as growth.”
Josh Adler, Executive Director of The Anzisha Prize, which manages the fund on behalf of ALA, while commenting, stated that, “YEF is part of a growing move toward more structured exits from investors with a patient capital mandate.
“As a leadership development institution, ALA is able to draw in new forms of support for exceptional young leaders like Jubilate through the fund without having to build investment capabilities internally.”
As for Ed Brakeman from the Umsizi Fund, he said, “This one of the more exciting investments for us in some time with a revenue-linked loan in partnership with YEF.
“We’re eager to support FarmTime’s growth and are confident that we as investors will see returns while ensuring support for the business through the challenging period of product launch and revenue ramp-up.”
Since its inception five years ago, FarmTime has invested in research and product development, licensing and setting up a factory. It has already processed approximately 9,000 kilograms of coconut husks, 2,600 kilograms of fish waste, and 76 kilograms of seaweed, amongst other inputs.
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