By Adedapo Adesanya
Crowdyvest Limited, an impact-driven fintech platform, has announced a big change in its leadership and additional investment in the company in a bid to scale up as a digital savings company.
Crowdyvest was created to provide all-in-one financial solutions for individuals and businesses to achieve short or long-term goals while facilitating impactful growth in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The fintech company went live in beta-stage in August 2019 but launched fully as a crowdfunding platform in January 2020 where its users and sponsors can sponsor high-impact opportunities that yield good benefits through its pooled sponsorships and individual projects.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the company announced Mrs Onyeka Akumah will officially step down as the CEO of Crowdyvest and Mr Tope Omotolani who is currently the Managing Director and also a co-founder, will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the startup, effective immediately.
The company that despite this change in leadership, all the management and staff of Crowdyvest will be retained.
it noted that as a result of the new investment in Crowdyvest, the fintech startup will completely exit the EMFATO Holdings group and also transition from its previous crowdfunding model to making strides as the go-to digital wealth management and savings platform under Mr Omotolani’s leadership.
Commenting on the development, the outgoing boss, Mrs Akumah said, “I have taken this decision to step down as the CEO of Crowdyvest as a result of the new investment in the company which gives it good footing for scale. Today, Crowdyvest is exiting fully from EMFATO Holdings and we are very happy about the new investors led by Tope and excited to see how Tope will lead this business to new heights.”
Speaking on her next voyage, she noted, “I will now focus more on leading Farmcrowdy and Plentywaka as CEO of both companies into new markets in 2021. Tope is a strong and amazing leader and I see her leading Crowdyvest to become one of the leading wealth management companies in Nigeria within the next 3-5 years. I wish her and the team all the best and will continue to advise them on their journey when needed’’.
The new CEO, Mr Omotolani said “it’s an honour and a privilege for me to be able to lead the team to the next level and next chapter of the business. Onyeka founded this company on the ethos of integrity and strong customer satisfaction and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead this technology company into its next chapter.
“Our major goal and focus as Crowdyvest are that we see a lot of people become financially free and we’re able to do this by the products that we create on the platform”.
Crowdyvest also launched the Crowdyvest Savings Platform to give savings options to over 10,000 subscribed members on its platform. This savings platform will give its members a variety of plans to help build a savings culture based entirely on their pace, so they can reach their life goals faster.
The savings platform has four products that are properly tailored to fit all categories of individuals, including the Millenials, Gen Z, Gen X, and Baby Boomers, and each of these products have their unique features and benefits. They are;
Flex Savings which speaks to our young and trendy Gen Zs and Millenials, gives them the opportunity to save as much as they like with the option of withdrawing their money at any time during the year with a withdrawal fee of 2 per cent. The Flex savers also have the opportunity of 7 official withdrawal days which comes without a withdrawal fee.
Vault Savings here, users have the opportunity to safely deposit money into their vaults and lock it for a period of time (3 months, 6 months, or for years). Funds deposited in the vault will be locked and ineligible for withdrawal throughout the locked period. The vault savings is for long-term savings and is targeted at pensioners, trust funds savings, legacy savings, etc.
Pace Savings, savers have the opportunity to deposit money as they wish for a set target. The pace savings option is recurring starting with the least period of 3 months. The money can be deposited automatically into the plan or manually based on the saver’s preference. The plan is targeted at salary earners, entrepreneurs, etc.
Flex Dollar Savings gives savers the opportunity to save and earn returns in dollars. Crowdyvest Members have the opportunity to grow their savings in a more valuable & stable denomination.
Every saver enjoys the benefits of good interest rates from 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent, zero bank charges, plans tailored for everyone, and effective and prompt customer service.
The company also has referral opportunities where one can earn as much as N1000 for every person referred to Crowdyvest.
Previously as a crowdfunding platform, Crowdyvest was able to create an impact by funding 24 projects across various sectors including Agriculture, Real Estate, Transportation, etc, has worked with 9 project partners, has operated in 17 states with over 10,000+ active sponsors, over 90,000+ total users, and over 8,000 Monthly Active Users.
Today, the company is a Digital Savings platform with a closed membership, Crowdyvest will provide financial solutions for her community of individuals and organizations that are committed to long-term growth and financial freedom.
FG Tasks New NEITI Board on Achieving Buhari’s Agenda
By Adedapo Adesanya
The newly inaugurated governing board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has been charged by the federal government to enhance the smooth running of its administration in the area of transparency and accountability.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who performed the inauguration of the new NEITI board on Thursday in Abuja, congratulated the members, saying their appointment as NEITI board members were based on individual merits and track records.
“Your appointment and inauguration, which is taking place here today, is another practical demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of our economic resources.
“And especially, given the mandate and objectives of NEITI,” Mr Mustapha said.
The nation’s scribe said that the present administration was passionate about the NEITI process because it served two key agendas of the administration.
He said that the extractive industry was very strategic to Nigeria’s economy, hence central to the administration’s economic agenda.
According to Mr Mustapha, transparency and accountability in the management of the nation’s resources are equally central to the anti-corruption agenda of Nigeria.
He said it was, therefore, irrevocably committed to the implementation of NEITI in the oil, gas, and mining industries.
The SGF, therefore, tasked NEITI board members to ensure that the agency continued to preserve the virtues for the benefit of the present and for future generations of Nigeria.
“In order to achieve this, I must remind you that your assignment is non-partisan because NEITI itself is non-political and has maintained dignified neutrality all through almost two decades of existence.
“It is also necessary for me to stress that your appointment is a part-time one. You are therefore advised to conduct yourselves in accordance with this requirement,” he said.
According to Mr Olusegun Adekunle, serving on the board, he assured that the board would not disappoint the president in the course of carrying out its assigned duties.
The retired permanent secretary said his appointment alongside other board members was another opportunity to serve Nigeria in another capacity.
“Let me also congratulate my colleagues on the board for this wonderful opportunity to serve our nation in a different capacity.
“I must say that the confidence reposed in us is huge but our commitment to this assignment is also strong; we shall, therefore, work as a team with focus and with integrity,” Mr Adekunle said.
The board comprises:
Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle, Esq. – Chairman (Public Administrator/Retired Federal Permanent Secretary)
Group Managing Director, (NNPC) Mele Kyari – Member (Representing National Oil Gas Company Industry)
Executive Chairman, FIRS, Muhammad Mamman Nami – Member (Extractive Industry Revenue accountability)
President, Nigeria Mining & Geosciences Society Alabo Charles – Member (Extractive Industry Professional Union)
President, PENGASSAN Comrade Festus Osifo – Member (Extractive Industries Professional Union Industries)
Mr Lorenzo Fiorillo – Member (Chairman OPTS Representative- IOCs, Oil, Gas Industry Companies)
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade – Member (Representative, Government Extractive Industries- Mining)
Peter Egbule – Member (National Coordinator, Publish What You Pay representative, Civil Society)
Dr Bashir Bature Gafai – Member (Geo-Political Rep: North-West Zone)
Dr Iliya Gashinbaki – Member (Geo-Political Rep: North-East Zone)
Godwin Akor Ogwuche – Member (Geo-Political Rep: North-Central Zone)
Professor Damilola Olawuyi – Member (Geo-Political Rep: South-West Zone)
Dr Nze Joe Ibeh – Member (Geo-Political Rep: South-East Zone)
Awowoh Christian – Member (Geo-Political Rep: South-South Zone)
Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji – Member (Executive Secretary, NEITI by virtue of Office)
CBN Approves Miriam Olusanya as First Female MD of GTBank
By Dipo Olowookere
Leading financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Limited, a subsidiary of the newly established Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) Plc, now has its first female Managing Director and she is Mrs Miriam Olusanya.
A statement from the lender on Wednesday disclosed that her appointment has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as well as others.
GTBank Limited will be governed by a board of directors comprising Mr Ibrahim Hassan as Chairman, Mr Jide Okuntola as Deputy Managing Director, Mr Haruna Musa as Executive Director, Mr Olabode Agusto as Independent Non-Executive Director, Ms Imoni Akpofure and Mrs Victoria Adefala as Independent Non-Executive Directors.
As for the parent company, GTCO, it would be led by a board comprising Mr Sola Oyinlola as Chairman, Mr Segun Agbaje as the Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Adebanji Adeniyi as Executive Director, Mrs Cathy Echeozo as Non-Executive Director, Mr Suleiman Barau and Mrs Helen Bouygues as Independent Non-Executive Directors.
GTCO, which was formerly GTBank Plc, re-organised its structure as part of its efforts to strengthen its long-term competitiveness and growth prospects.
Under the terms of the re-organisation, a new operating company has been established and amendments made to the articles of incorporation for a corporate name change. The corporate name of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc and GTCO Plc will be used by the newly established operating company.
Commenting on the completion of the corporate reorganization, Mr Segun Agbaje said, “We believe that a holding company structure will allow us take advantage of new business opportunities in the emerging competitive landscape and strengthen our earnings base.
“We are very excited to get started on the next phase of our incredible journey to driving Africa’s growth by making end-to-end financial services easily accessible to every African and African Businesses by leveraging Technology and Strategic Partnerships.
“As a bank, we were always looking to meet every customer need; with our corporate reorganization, we will be able to do more to help our customers thrive in this new world of digital technologies and unprecedented possibilities.”
He further stated that, “Whilst we are evolving as an organization, we remain committed to our founding values which have endeared our brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond, and which continues to drive our financial success.
“As a Proudly African and Truly International band, we will continue to live by these values—of excellence, hard work and integrity, even as we create faster, cheaper, safer and more diverse products for people and businesses of varied types and sizes.”
Prior to its corporate reorganization to Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has been at the forefront of delivering innovative banking products and services to customers and best-in-class Return-on-Equity to shareholders.
It is widely regarded as the best managed financial institution in Nigeria and has, over the past decade, embarked on a period of unparalleled growth, growing its customer base from less than 3 million customers in 2011 to over 24 million customers in 2020, and profit before tax from N45.5 billion at the end of the 2010 financial year to N238.1 billion at the end of the 2020 financial year.
FCMB Confirms Yemisi Edun as CEO, Absolves Nuru of Wrongdoing
By Dipo Olowookere
Mrs Yemisi Edun has been confirmed as the substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited.
Recall that early this year, Mrs Edun was announced as the acting CEO of the financial institution after media reports that the former occupier of the position, Mr Adam Nuru, allegedly violated one of the banking rules.
He was accused of having a romantic affair with a female staff of the company, Mrs Moyo Thomas, who was married to another man, Mr Tunde Thomas.
In the media reports, it was alleged that the women had children for the bank chief, which the husband of the woman thought were his.
Upon discovery, according to the media reports, Mr Thomas went into depression and subsequently died in December 2020.
In order to protect the image of the bank, the board asked Mr Nuru to step aside to give room for an independent investigation into the matter.
On Tuesday, FCMB issued a statement confirming that Mr Nuru will not be returning to his position as Mrs Edun has been favoured by the board of directors to lead the lender.
In the statement, it was disclosed that after reviewing the “media allegations made in late 2020 against the former MD, [it] did not establish any contravention of its policies” by Mr Nuru.
“Board of Directors of FCMB thanks Mr Nuru for his years of dedicated service and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours,” a part of the statement read.
The new occupier of the exalted seat, Mrs Edun, is said to have work experience spanning nearly 35 years. Prior to her appointment, she was the Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer of FCMB.
She graduated from the prestigious University of Ife with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and holds a Master’s degree in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Mrs Edun is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers; an Associate Member of the Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; a Member of Information Systems Audit and Control, U.S.A; and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
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