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CEO of Nigeria’s Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, to earn N1.1bn in dividend in one year

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The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Nigerian tier-one financial institution, Access Bank Plc., Herbert Wigwe, is set to earn a whopping sum of N1.1 billion in dividends accruing from his direct and indirect holdings in the bank and its subsidiaries in Nigeria, and globally.

A breakdown of the final declared dividends of the bank stands at 70 kobo per share, following a 30 kobo  interim dividend declared in the half year period of 2021.

From his overall holdings, Wigwe is set to earn N140.86 million from direct holdings, and N921.63 million from his indirect holdings, which brings his total earnings for 2021 to N1.1 billion.

Going by the breakdown from the registrars of Nigerian lender bank, as at December 31, 2021, Wigwe alone held 1.52 billion units of shares in the bank which is 4.6% of the total shares of the bank as listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Wigwe’s direct shares with the bank stands at 201.23 million shares, while he also owns a total of 1.32 billion units of shares through third parties.

A further breakdown of the Access Bank CEO’s direct and indirect holdings shows that he actually controls 537.73 million units of Access Bank’s shares through United Alliance Company of Nigeria, 584.06 million shares units through Trust and Capital Limited, and 194.83 million shares through Coronation Trustees Tengen, Mauritius.

The shrewd business mogul will therefore, receive a total of N1.52 billion as total dividend for the 2021 financial year, 25% higher than the N1.21 billion he received in the previous year, and will also earn N455.36 million from the interim dividend paid in the half-year period of 2021.

According to its audited account for the year 2021, Access Bank grew its profit after tax by 51.13% year-on-year to N160 billion in 2021, while it earned N601.70 billion, from its lending business as Interest income grew by 22.99% from N489.22 billion.

The bank also grew its deposits from customers by 24.47% to N6.95 trillion, while its assets rose to N11.73 trillion.

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Ivory Coast aims regional shipping hub, completes $953 million container terminal

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West African country, Ivory Coast is making waves at becoming a regional shipping hub as it has completed construction of a second container terminal at its main port in Abidjan.

The project, financed by China’s Eximbank by 85% and 15% by the Ivorian state costs about 596 billion CFA francs ($953 million).

The new container terminal, called Cote d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT), started operations on Nov. 1 but was officially unveiled at a press conference on Friday. It is able to receive large ships from Asia, Europe, and America that previously had to land goods in South Africa, transferring them to smaller ships to reach West Africa.

The technical director of the terminal Andre N’Doli, remarked “we are no longer a second port. We are becoming a hub,”

“In addition to national traffic, we will handle traffic from other ports that cannot accommodate large vessels,” he told reporters.

According to official data, there has been growth in recent years in the country’s maritime sector. Ivory Coast shipped goods worth USD 12,717 million in 2019, an -8.5% dip as compared to the previous year.

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Ghana makes strong push to save currency, Cedi, orders mining companies to sell 20% stock

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As part of its many initiatives to out of its current economic challenge, Ghana has ordered all large-scale mining companies to sell 20% of their entire stock.

The gold rich country wants the companies to pay the Bank of Ghana with refined gold at their refineries from Jan. 1, 2023.

According to Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia said in a social media post on Friday, the government is planning a new policy where gold rather than U.S. dollar reserves will be used to buy oil products.

The move is meant to tackle dwindling foreign currency reserves coupled with the demand for dollars by oil importers, which is weakening the local cedi and increasing living costs.

“The Bank of Ghana and the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) will coordinate with the large-scale mining companies to ensure compliance with this directive,” the vice-president said.

“The gold to be purchased by the Bank of Ghana and the PMMC will be in cedis at spot price with no discounts,” he added.

The VP further revealed that community mining schemes and licensed small-scale miners will also have to sell gold to the government.

Statista reports that gold reserves in Ghana stood at a volume of 8.74 metric tons from the first quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2021.

Moreover, gold mine production in the country reached a volume of 150 metric tons in 2020, an increase compared to the previous year. Ghana did not suspend its production of gold in 2020 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Ghana hinted at the Gold for payment policy in May but the continued fall to a point of being rated worst in the world demands pragmatic measures. Hopefully, the gold-for-pay policy will bring some solace.

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