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Former Chairman of Fidelity Bank Joins Seplat Board

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By Dipo Olowookere

The former Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr Ernest Ebi, has been appointed to the board of Seplat Energy as a non-executive director.

He is a nominee of Shebah Petroleum Development Company Limited (BVI) replacing Mr A.B.C Orjiako, who will step down from the board after the Annual General Meeting (AGM) slated for May 18, 2022.

Mr Ebi is one of the three directors appointed to the board of the company listed on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited and the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

The other two appointees are Mrs Bashirat Odunewu as an independent non-executive director and Mr Kazeem Raimi as a non-executive director.

Mr Ebi served as the board chairman of Fidelity Bank from 2016 to 2020 and AIICO Pension Managers between 2010 and 2021 and currently serves as an independent director on the board of Dangote Cement Plc, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Coronation Capital Limited and Coronation Asset Management Limited.

Business Post reports that from 1999 to 2009, he was the Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), where he covered policy and corporate services portfolios.

In 1995, he was appointed by the CBN and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) as the Managing Director/CEO of New Nigerian Bank Plc and was responsible for the development and implementation of a credible turnaround plan for the bank and contributed significantly to the recovery of a huge portfolio of non-performing risk assets.

On the part of Mr Raimi, is a nominee of Platform Petroleum Limited replacing Mr Austin Avuru who stepped down from the board of Seplat Energy on March 1, 2022. He is presently the Executive Director, Commercial for Platform Petroleum Limited.

He was previously with Seplat Energy as General Manager, Commercial, where he was charged with the responsibility for driving commercial, economics, valuation, planning and treasury activities across the entire organisation.

Mr Raimi was once a Treasury Manager at Cadbury Nigeria Plc and Finance Analyst at Citibank Nigeria Limited and had significant involvement in commercial and economic evaluations of new ventures, farm-in and company acquisition opportunities with a thorough appreciation of tax, fiscal issues and project economics especially as they relate to Nigeria, Gabon, Iraq and Cameroon.

As for Mrs Odunewu, she is an Independent NED on the board of Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc and is also a member of the board of directors for the Franco-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she serves as the Treasurer.

Up till June 2021, she served as C-Suite executive, corporate banking (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure), at First Bank Nigeria Ltd and was before then the line executive for their international banking group where she supervised CEOs of the subsidiaries of First Bank in six African countries as well as the bank’s representative office in China.

While commenting on the appointments, Mr Orjiako expressed the desire of the Seplat board to have these respected personalities in their midst, saying the company “looks forward to the enormous contributions they will make towards achieving global success.”

Editor’s Note:

The headline and the lead have been corrected to Fidelity Bank from defunct Diamond Bank. We apologise for the error.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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ECOWAS Trade Network Re-elects Nigeria’s Yakusak Ezra as President

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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.

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FG Names Anamekwe Nwabuoku as Acting Accountant General

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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.

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Semiu Adeniran Becomes Nigeria’s Statistician-General, NBS Chief

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Semiu Adeniran Nigeria's statistician-general

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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