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Heritage Bank, RIMAN Partner on Risk Management

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Heritage Bank, RIMAN Partner on Risk Management

Heritage Bank, RIMAN Partner on Risk Management

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

In a bid to achieve and promote global best practices in the implementation of risk management for safer and stronger financial institution, Heritage Bank Plc has entered into strategic partnership with the Risk Management Association of Nigeria (RIMAN).

Speaking recently with newsmen at the first Chief Risk Officer’s time-out/dinner organised by RIMAN, President of the association, Mr Jude Monye, noted that effective risk management implementation requires the combined efforts of institutions to tailor and implement key risk management methods and practices in the economy.

He, however, explained that Heritage Bank chose to support the first Chief Risk Officer’s time-out/dinner because the bank believes in best practices in every aspect of corporate organisation.

According to him, Heritage Bank believes that the process of economic development will remain an illusion without appropriate attention given to risk management and best practices in all spheres of life.

Based on this, Mr Monye commended the risk managers present at event for their commitment to best practices in their respective sectors.

However, he advised the new and young members of the professional body to always ensure they do not jettison standards in their respective offices.

“Whilst thanking you for the kind honour that you have done us by honouring our invitation tonight, I ask you to join us as we expand the frontiers of our activities to instil global best practice in risk management to you. We seek your support and input as we take RIMAN to the next level and by so doing, add value to you and to your organizational ideals, activities and operations,” he said.

Mr Monye pointed out that over the years, RIMAN has accomplished much, ranging from advocacy, capacity building to professional risk management certification – CRM.

In his goodwill address at the forum, the President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Professor Olusegun Ajibola, commended the risk managers for taking the initiative to organise the event, which he said would be used by members to share ideas on how to grow the profession.

Mr Ajibola asserted that risk management is very important to growing any organisation and even aggregate economy; adding that failure to attach importance to it would do the entity more harm than benefit.

He said the Nigerian economy got to the present stage because people failed to acknowledge the importance of risk management to the private and public sectors.

According to him, as long as we fail to accord due importance to risk management, the nation stands to face the consequences.

The CIBN boss therefore advised the risk managers in the country not to play with their integrity for them to succeed in their vanguard of risk management in the country.

Again, he charged the board of each corporate organisation to be actively involved in the campaign for risk management in the country. With them taking the lead, Mr Ajibola assured that crusade would go a long way.

On why risk managers need to do more in Nigeria, the Chairman of Citibank Nigeria, Mr ‘Yemi Cardoso, noted that Nigeria’s economy is currently experiencing difficulties because risk management was not placed at its right place.

“If the risk managers do not get it right, the value of every restructuring effort made would be destroyed”, he stated.

Cardoso declared that money is kept in trust with banks; thus banks have a critical role to play if the nation’s economy would grow.

RIMAN is the foremost, non-profit professional Association of risk management professionals in Nigeria founded in 2000 in response to the gaps that existed in risk management capacity resulting in the banking crisis at the time.

Over time, the focus of RIMAN had shifted from just financial risk to the fact that risks exist in virtually all human endeavours and across all sectors. RIMAN at inception began with institutional membership and as at 2003, individual membership categories were added.

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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Employment Growth Quickens Amid Efforts to Deal With Workloads

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Manufacturing Activities PMI

The Nigerian private sector registered a slight loss of growth momentum in January, with output and new business rising further markedly, though at softer rates than at the end of 2022.

On a more positive note, firms raised employment at the fastest pace since June 2018 as part of efforts to complete work on time.

On the price front, rates of inflation of input costs and output prices softened in January but remained elevated.

Analysis by Stanbic IBTC Bank showed that the headline figure derived from the survey is the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI®).

Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions in the previous month, while readings below 50.0 show a deterioration. The headline PMI dipped to 53.5 in January from 54.6 in December. Although still signalling a solid monthly strengthening of the private sector and the thirty-first in consecutive months, the rate of improvement was the softest since August 2022.

Business activity increased at a much slower pace at the start of the year, despite the rate of growth remaining marked. The latest rise was the weakest in five months. Demand continued to improve, but some firms reported a moderation in customer numbers.

Activity increased across each of the four broad sectors covered by the survey. The rate of expansion in new business also softened in January but remained sharp nonetheless, again reflecting higher demand from customers.

A desire to try and complete projects on time led companies to ramp up their hiring activities at the start of the year. Employment increased at a solid pace that was the fastest since June 2018.

Despite expanded staffing levels, backlogs of work increased for the first time in three months. Firms reported having been hindered by issues with machinery and power supply.

Higher workloads and positive expectations regarding the outlook for activity led companies to expand their purchasing activity sharply again, with the rate of growth unchanged from December. In turn, stocks of purchases also rose further. Efforts to secure inputs were helped by improving supplier performance.

Competition among vendors, quiet road conditions and prompt payments all contributed to a shortening of delivery times, one that was the most pronounced in four months. The rate of input cost inflation softened for the second month running in January, and was at a one-year low.

The slowdown in overall cost inflation largely reflected a softer rise in purchase prices, albeit one that was still substantial. Purchase costs increased on the back of rising fuel and raw material costs, exacerbated by currency weakness.

Meanwhile, staff costs rose at the fastest pace in 11 months as companies increased pay in line with higher living costs. Output price inflation also remained elevated as higher cost burdens were passed on to customers.

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NASD OTC Market Appreciates by 0.95%

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The duo of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc and Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc buoyed the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange by 0.95 per cent on Thursday, February 2.

They lifted the market capitalisation of the bourse by N8.80 billion to settle at N940.51 billion compared with the previous day’s N931.71 billion. They also raised the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) by 6.70 points to wrap the session at 715.76 points compared with 709.06 points recorded in the previous session.

During the session, the price of FrieslandCampina went up by N3.23 to settle at N68.06 per unit, in contrast to the previous day’s N64.83 per unit, while CSCS Plc appreciated by 50 Kobo to sell at N13.50 per share compared with the preceding session’s N13 per share.

The volume of transacted stocks decreased by 4.3 per cent to 261,439 units from the 273,038 units traded in the preceding session. However, the value of shares traded went higher by 38.9 per cent to N15.7 million from N11.3 million, while the number of deals recorded an improvement, as it grew by 300 per cent to 20 deals from five deals on Tuesday.

Business Post reports that there was no price loser at the session.

Geo-Fluids finished the day as the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with 321.2 million units worth N317.2 million, UBN Property Plc stood in second place with 35.8 million units valued at N25.8 million, while FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc was in third place with 2.4 million units valued at N159.4 million.

Geo-Fluids Plc also maintained its summit position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis, with 321.2 million units sold for N317.2 million, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Group Plc was in second place with 2.4 million units valued at N159.4 million, while VFD Group Plc was in third place for trading 561,810 units for N137.0 million.

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Continuous Bargain Hunting Leaves Local Stock Exchange Higher by 0.93%

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By Dipo Olowookere

The local stock exchange closed higher by 0.93 per cent on Thursday amid continuous bargain hunting by investors, who are digesting a flurry of full-year corporate earnings.

It was observed that the growth reported during the session was strongly influenced by buying pressure in the energy sector, which rose by 5.17 per cent on the back of gains posted by Seplat, MRS Oil and others.

The banking and insurance counters depreciated on Thursday by 0.44 per cent and 0.39 per cent, respectively, as the consumer goods and the industrial goods sectors closed flat.

At the close of trades, the All-Share Index (ASI) of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited increased by 498.44 points to 53,998.12 points from 53,499.68 points, and the market capitalisation grew by N271 billion to close at N29.411 trillion compared with the midweek session’s N29.140 trillion.

MRS Oil topped the gainers’ chart after it gained 10.00 per cent to finish at N17.60, Northern Nigerian Flour Mills appreciated by 9.88 per cent to N8.90, International Energy Insurance rose by 9.76 per cent to 90 Kobo, Seplat went up by 9.50 per cent to N1,325.00, and Cornerstone Insurance improved by 9.09 per cent to 60 Kobo.

On the flip side, Sunu Assurances topped the losers’ log after it lost 8.11 per cent to trade at 34 Kobo, Mutual Benefits fell by 7.69 per cent to 36 Kobo, Linkage Assurance dropped by 6.25 per cent to 45 Kobo, Veritas Kapital declined by 4.76 per cent to 20 Kobo, and PZ Cussons depleted by 4.65 per cent to N10.25.

Business Post reports that the market breadth was positive as there were 27 price gainers and 12 price losers, indicating a strong investor sentiment.

Investors transacted 2.9 billion shares worth N8.1 billion in 3,940 deals, in contrast to the 200.4 million shares worth N5.5 billion transacted in 3,716 deals on Wednesday, showing an increase in the trading volume, value and the number of deals by1,331.88 per cent, 47.27 per cent, and 6.03 per cent, respectively.

Universal Insurance traded 2.7 billion shares due to an off-market deal to close as the most active stock and was followed by AIICO Insurance, which sold 14.0 million stocks, GTCO transacted 13.9 million equities, Sterling Bank exchanged 10.3 million stocks, and Fidelity Bank traded 9.9 million equities.

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