By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Executive Director in charge of Finance and Administration at Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc, Mr Mobolaji Adewumi, has been appointed as the acting Managing Director of the company.
He was chosen to fill the vacancy created by the MD/CEO of the lender, Mr Madu Hamman, who was selected by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new MD of the Federal Mortgage Bank, the apex mortgage bank in Nigeria.
Mr Adewumi is an experienced professional with a deep knowledge of the financial services industry, possessing extensive working knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa.
He obtained his MBA (specializing in Finance) from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK, and his BSc in Management and Accounting from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The acting MD became a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) in 2007. He worked for KPMG as Audit Senior between 2006 and 2009 before joining UBA Plc from 2009 to 2011 where he worked in various capacities.
Mr Adewumi also worked for Africa Finance Corporation, Egon Zehnder International London Office, and Fairtrade International before joining Aso Savings and Loan Plc as Special Adviser to the MD/CEO and Head, Strategy between 2012 and 2015.
He later moved to First Bank of Nigeria Limited, where he was Special Assistant to the MD/CEO between 2016 and 2019 and later joined VFD as the Group Executive Director, Finance from April 2019 to March 2020.
On his part, Mr Hamman, while at Abbey Mortgage Bank, anchored and directed the planning, integration, and implementation of critical projects for the firm.
In the past two years under his leadership, the bank has moved into profitability with a balance sheet size of N34.46 billion.
In addition, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently approved the bank’s rights issue of 3.692 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N0.82 per share.
ECOWAS Trade Network Re-elects Nigeria’s Yakusak Ezra as President
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Yakusak Ezra, has been re-elected as the President of ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisations (TPOs) Network in Accra, Ghana.
With the election, Mr Ezra is to serve another one-year tenure and will lead 15 other member ECOWAS countries in driving trade within the sub-region.
A statement signed by Mr Ndubueze Okeke, Head, Corporate Communications of NEPC said Mr Ezra’s re-election was also in line with Article 11 of the ECOWAS TPO Network.
“The ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organization is a network of all Trade Promotion Organizations in West Africa established by the decisions of the Council of Ministers at the Ordinary Session.
”Nigeria became the pioneer president in April 2021. Dr Ezra became the president following the expiration of the tenure of Mr Awolowo as ED/CEO of NEPC.
”The re-election of Dr Ezra was at the end of 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Network held at Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana from 19th – 20th May 2022.
”He was re-elected along with the vice president, Mr Ben Guy Mbangue from Cote’ D’Ivoire.
“The duo constitute the Executive Bureau of the Network and the tenure expires after one year. All members present unanimously re-elected the President and Vice President respectively,” the statement said.
ECOWAS TPO Network is a public-sector led entity and will work in partnership with the ECOWAS commission to drive inclusive trade development initiatives within West Africa and beyond.
The body is part of steps towards building mutual trust and cooperation without borders within the ECOWAS region. As of today, intra-Africa exports only account for about 16 per cent of Africa’s global export, and more specifically intra-ECOWAS trade only accounts for a tenth of ECOWAS countries’ global trade.
FG Names Anamekwe Nwabuoku as Acting Accountant General
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Mr Anamekwe Nwabuoku has been appointed by the federal government as the acting Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).
The appointment of Mr Nwabuoku followed the suspension of Mr Ahmed Idris from office after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested him over an alleged N80 billion.
Last Monday, the anti-graft agency apprehended Mr Idris after his failure to honour an invitation extended to him over the matter.
He was taken into the EFCC custody to answer questions about the alleged fraud and to ensure an “unhindered investigation,” the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, asked him to step aside.
This action led to the postponement of the monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) last week as the embattled AGF leads the gathering.
In order not to create a vacuum, the federal government has asked Mr Nwabuoku to head the office in an acting capacity pending the outcome of the probe into the fraud allegation against Mr Idris.
His appointment was confirmed in a letter dated Friday, May 20, 2022, and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mr Aliyu Ahmed.
According to the notice, the acting AGF is expected to carry out his duties in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism.
Semiu Adeniran Becomes Nigeria’s Statistician-General, NBS Chief
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A professional statistician, Mr Semiu Adeniran, has become the substantive Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The appointment of Mr Adeniran was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, a statement signed on Friday by Sufuyan Ojeifo, the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, disclosed.
The new Nigeria’s statistician-general was selected for the job following the death of the former occupier of the position, Mr Harry Simon on April 13, 2022.
According to the statement today, prior to his new appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the stats office.
The new NBS CEO has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions and has a bias toward Demography and Social Statistics.
It was stated that the appointment is with immediate effect.
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