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NGX Group Appoints Kwairanga As New Chairman

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Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), a leading integrated market infrastructure group in Africa has announced that its Board has appointed Alhaji (Dr) Umaru Kwairanga as the new Chairman at its meeting held on Wednesday, 5 October 2022.

Prior to Dr. Kwairanga’s appointment as the substantive Chairman, Mr. Ikpobe Apollos, a Non-Executive Director of NGX Group was on Friday, 30 September 2022 elected as the Acting Chairman. The appointment of an acting chairman was done to ensure governance continues and allows for wider consultations before the appointment of a substantive successor to the erstwhile Chairman, Otunba Abimbola Ogunbanjo, who announced his retirement at the 61st Annual General Meeting of the Group.

In keeping with good governance ethos, and to ensure continuity as well as institute an orderly succession plan for The Group, the Board also created the position of Vice Chairman and appointed Mr. Oluwole Adeosun, a Non-Executive Director of NGX Group and current President of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) to fill this position.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Kwairanga resolved to work assiduously with his colleagues on the Board to immediately stabilise relationships with all key stakeholders and set the Group on the path to a brighter future. “I am very excited to lead the execution of our corporate strategy and deliver world-class governance to the Group. I appreciate the Board for the confidence in my abilities to deliver on our mandate for the shareholders of NGX Group. I would like to thank our erstwhile Chairman, Mr. Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and our outgoing Acting Chairman, Mr. Apollos Ikpobe for their outstanding and diligent service to the Company, and I promise to continue to deliver in line with their set standard of execution and delivery.”

Dr. Kwairanga, a thoroughbred capital market professional with an excellent corporate governance pedigree, has 30 years of cognate experience in banking, pensions, manufacturing, and commercial sectors. He served previously as a Council Member of the then Nigerian Stock Exchange and as a member of the Board of Directors of NGX Group. He is currently a Council member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria and an active director of multiple listed and unlisted companies.

In 2019, the Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solutions project was commissioned, and the SPDC JV is planning to reduce associated gas flaring further through its Forcados Yokri gas-gathering project, of which large parts are set to be completed in 2022. Despite such efforts to reduce continuous flaring, unfortunately flaring intensity (the amount of gas flared for every tonne of oil and gas produced) at both SPDC- and SNEPCo-operated facilities increased in 2021 owing to short-term operational issues. Flaring from SPDC-operated facilities increased by around 5% in 2021 compared with 2020. The increase was primarily because of the extended outage of the gas compression system in SPDC’s shallow-water operations. The system was restored and became operational from January 2022. Flaring at SNEPCo-operated facilities rose by around 160% in 2021 compared with 2020. This was mainly because of an increase in flaring on the Bonga floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Repairs to a flex-joint on the Bonga FPSO’s gas export riser in the second quarter took longer than expected, in part because of weather conditions. While repairs were under way, the FPSO continued to produce oil and therefore flaring was necessary for safety reasons. The repairs were safely concluded in July 2021. Although flaring intensity levels rose in 2021, SPDC and SNEPCo over the last 10 years have almost halved the combined amount of hydrocarbons they flare from 1.5 million tonnes in 2012 to 0.8 million tonnes in 2021. This reduction is the result of a strict flaring reduction management process and both SPDC and SNEPCo will continue to work in close collaboration with joint-venture partners and the government to make progress towards ending routine flaring of associated gas. NIGERIA LNG EXPANSION UNDERWAY Global demand for LNG continues to grow as the world increasingly seeks reliable supplies of lowercarbon energy. Shell’s investment in Nigeria’s gas infrastructure for export is expected to help 6 This is according to a data provided by global research and consultancy business Wood Mackenzie. the country benefit further from revenues. Shell Gas B.V. and its partners took a final investment decision in 2020 on a new LNG processing unit – known as Train 7 -- at NLNG. The expansion is expected to create around 12,000 jobs for Nigerians during construction and stimulate growth of the local oil and gas service sector, with 55% of engineering and procurement of goods and services being sourced in-country. Train 7 is expected to ensure Nigeria’s continued place as a global player in a lower-carbon energy source. Once operational, Train 7 will add around 8 million tonnes per annum of capacity to the Bonny Island LNG facility, taking the total production to around 30 million tonnes per annum. In 2021, NLNG began awarding procurement and construction contracts. Early works started at the site. The first phase of the worker village is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2022 and the new material offloading facility ready for use by the end of 2022. NLNG’s Train 7 is expected to come onstream in the middle of the 2020s. KEY LICENCE RENEWED FOR DEEP-WATER SNEPCo has interests in four deep-water blocks in the Gulf of Guinea, two of which it operates. Today, nearly one-third of Nigeria’s deep-water oil and gas production comes from the Bonga and the nonoperated Erha fields.6 Since production began in 2005, Bonga alone has produced more than 950 million barrels of oil with the 2021 average oil production per day at 105,000 barrels. The Bonga FPSO vessel has a total production capacity of 225,000 barrels of oil per day and 150 standard cubic feet of gas export per day. In 2021, the availability of the FPSO vessel increased to 80% from 70% in 2020. In addition to Bonga, SNEPCo’s exploration activities have led to several significant discoveries of oil and gas over the last two decades, including the Bolia and Doro fields (Shell interest 55%). Nigeria Briefing Notes Helping to power Nigeria’s economy 13 In the right investment climate, SNEPCo believes that there are opportunities to expand. In 2021 the OML 118 (Bonga) production sharing contract was renewed and the lease extended for 20 years. Bonga North and Bonga South West Aparo (BSWA) oil fields are two such potential opportunities. Bonga North is a proposed tie-back project to the existing Bonga FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 14 wells. BSWA is a development of a new FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 23 wells. SUPPORTING RENEWABLE ENERGY STARTUPS Millions of Nigerians are excluded from the country’s power grid and Shell Companies in Nigeria have established and provided substantial funding for a not-for-profit, impact-investing company called All On. Operating as an independent company, All On works to bring reliable electricity – often from renewable energy sources -- to off-grid urban and rural customers. This support aims to build a solid pipeline of viable businesses that can create the scale required to address Nigeria’s access to energy gap. In December 2019, SPDC and SNEPCo made a significant additional 10-year financing commitment of $160 million in All On, bringing the total commitment to $200 million. By the end of 2021, All On had provided investment capital to over 40 renewable energy start-ups in its portfolio – an increase of more than 30% from 2020. One such company is Infibranches Technologies Limited, to which All On has committed $2 million, which is expected to enable the indigenous technology company to expand sales of solar home systems via its more than 13,000 agent banking partners across Nigeria. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the All On Hub was established in 2020 to provide nonfinancial support and build the capabilities of off-grid energy entrepreneurs. In 2021, the hub supported 81 ventures – nearly double the 41 supported in 2020. Also in 2021, All On, Odyssey Energy Solutions and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet launched a $10 million equipment financing facility as part of the DART pilot programme in Nigeria. 7 Hydraulic flying leads support the delivery of hydraulic fluid and/or chemicals between subsea equipment. 8 Subsea trees are an assembly of valves and other components used to monitor and control the production of a subsea well. DART will combine demand pooling, aggregated purchasing of solar equipment, and access to affordable finance to unlock economies of scale for solar companies, achieve cost savings for end-users, and accelerate the growth of the renewable energy sector in Nigeria and beyond. DEVELOPING LOCAL CONTENT AND SKILLS Shell Companies in Nigeria contribute to the growth of Nigerian businesses that can provide technical and support services to the industry. This includes the manufacture of tools and technical kits, the operation of helicopter flights in the Niger Delta, and strategic partnerships between foreign and local companies to stimulate technology transfer and capacity development. While there are government-required programmes in some areas, such as the Nigerian and Community Content Strategy embedded in the Assa North/Ohaji South gas development project, Shell Companies in Nigeria deliberately seek to contract local businesses wherever possible. In 2021, Shell Companies in Nigeria awarded $800 million worth of contracts to Nigerian-registered companies. Of these, 92% were companies with at least 51% Nigerian ownership. SNEPCo has awarded major engineering and construction contracts to companies that are indigenous, have local staff, or possess domestic capabilities in the country. At present, the manufacture and rebuild of hydraulic flying leads7 (HFLs) is being carried out in-country by wholly indigenous companies. Pressure Controls Systems Nigeria Limited, another Nigerian company, continues to refurbish old subsea trees.8 Sometimes, a lack of access to capital hinders Nigerian companies from competing for and executing contracts effectively. Shell Companies in Nigeria have provided access to nearly $1.6 billion in loans to 901 Nigerian vendors under the Shell Contractor Support Fund since 2012. These loans help improve their tendering opportunities.

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NGX Group, Oscar N. Onyema, OON, said “the appointment of Dr. Umaru Kwairanga as the Group’s new Chairman is a positive step in the Group’s journey to delivering value to shareholders. As we move to execute our strategy aimed at maximising outcomes for our shareholders, we would count on Dr. Kwairanga’s wealth of experience in making strategic board decisions.

The outgoing Acting Chairman, Mr. Ikpobe, who retired from the Board effective September 5, 2022, appreciated the Board for their cooperation during his tenure as both a director and his appointment as Acting Chairman. “The past year as a director on this noble board gave me the opportunity to actively contribute to the transformation process of NGX Group. I trust that the board will continue to lead innovations in the Nigerian capital market as a values-driven organisation.”

The Board of NGX Group, in all its actions, continues to give utmost consideration to the role of NGX Group and its subsidiary companies, to act as key enablers of the smooth functioning of the Nigerian capital market and the broader economy.

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NGX Holds Biggest Capital Markets Awards On December 6, 2022

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NGX Holds Biggest Capital Markets Awards On December 6, 2022

…NGX Made of Africa Awards of The Year

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The NGX Made of Africa Awards is set to hold on Tuesday, 6 December 2022 in Lagos.

The hybrid event themed “Innovation in Capital Markets: The Panacea for Exponential Growth”, will bring together key stakeholders in the capital market.

The Made of Africa Awards is designed to recognise organisations and individuals within the capital market ecosystem that demonstrate exceptional performance in value delivery and sustainable impact and act as key drivers in strengthening the Nigerian and African capital markets. The Awards will also reward adherence to high ethical standards, compliance with the rules and regulations of the Exchange, and other applicable laws and regulations.

Register HERE to join the event virtually.

 

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NGX Celebrates CIS On 30th Anniversary, Reopens Trading Floor

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NGX Celebrates CIS On 30th Anniversary, Reopens Trading Floor

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) hosted the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) to Closing Gong ceremony to commemorate the Institute’s 30th anniversary alongside the reopening of the trading floor of the market on Monday, 7 November 2022.

The Chairman, NGX, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, OON, whilst giving his remarks congratulated the Institute for its contribution to upholding integrity and ethics in the capital market while promoting and protecting the interests of the stockbroking community. He also thanked stockbrokers for their cooperation with NGX, attributing the successful record of trading with zero downtime to a combination of NGX’s investment drive in technology and the collective agility and collaboration between the Exchange and the stockbroking community.

He said, “Thirty years of excellence is no small feat and at the Exchange, we recognise the significance of CIS to the capital market as it engenders commitment to the highest standards of service and professionalism. Its advocacy initiatives and support for the stockbroking and investment practice in Nigeria is notable and worthy of celebration.

“Moving forward as the Exchange, we plan to leverage our shared history and cordial relationship with CIS to further drive growth and value creation in the capital market. NGX wishes the Institute many more years of excellence as it continues to markedly enhance the Nigerian capital market and the broader economy.”

NGX Celebrates CIS On 30th Anniversary, Reopens Trading Floor
Left-Right: Patrick Ajayi, Director, Nigerian Exchange Group; Temi Popoola, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX); Dr. Umaru Kwairanga, Chairman, Nigerian Exchange Group Plc; Oluwole Adeosun, FCS, President, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS); Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, OON, Chairman, NGX; Haruna Jalo-Waziri, Chief Executive Officer, Central Securities and Clearing System (CSCS) Plc and Tinuade Awe, Chief Executive Officer, NGX Regulation Limited during the Closing Gong Ceremony commemorating CIS 30th year Anniversary and the Re-opening of NGX Trading floor at The Exchange on Monday, 7 November 2022 in Lagos.

The Chairman, NGX Group, Alhaji Umar Kwairanga during his remarks noted that it was to the credit of NGX, NGX Regulation, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS), NGX Group, and the stockbroking community that trading flowed seamlessly during the forced closure period. He however said, “I also know how physical interactions matter to us brokers and will continue to make sure that we see the impact of us coming back to the trading floor.

“We are also marking this alongside the ceremony commemorating our 30th anniversary and I hope that this is just the beginning of the greater collaboration between brokers, NGX Group as a whole, and the capital market,” he added.

Complementing the Chairmens’ comments, the Chief Executive Officer, NGX, Mr. Temi Popoola said, “NGX will continue to support the initiatives of the institute and cooperate for the further advancement of the capital market.”

The President and Chairman of the Governing Council of CIS, Mr. Oluwole Adeosun underscored the longstanding relationship between CIS and the Exchange. He promised that the Institute would continue to cooperate with NGX Group in its new structure. “A lot has been achieved from the initial foundation built by NGX for CIS. For 32 months, we have been trading seamlessly remotely due to the investments NGX made. We the operators express gratitude to the Exchange and believe we are definitely poised to achieve more together onward.”

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NGX Urges International Breweries Plc To Leverage On Frequent Facts Behind The Figures, Commends Progress Performance

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NGX Urges International Breweries Plc To Leverage On Frequent Facts Behind The Figures, Commends Progress Performance

….International Breweries recorded a remarkable increase of 137.4 percent in operating profiting in H1 2022 – Chiemeka

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Tuesday, November 1 2022 held the “Facts Behind the Figures Presentation” with International Breweries Plc at the exchange building.

NGX advised the management of International Breweries Plc to sustain its commitment to high standards of corporate governance, social impact, and shareholder value creation.

Divisional Head, Capital Markets, NGX, Mr. Jude Chiemeka while commending the management of International Breweries Plc for leveraging the Facts Behind the Figures platform of the Exchange to increase its engagement with the market and its long-term contributions to socio-economic development in the country since its establishment in 1971 and listing in 1995.

Chiemeka said International Breweries Plc has made other contributions to the social economic development of the communities, “One of such contributions is the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS), a first-of-its-kind intervention program in Nigeria with the objective of contributing to the reduction of alcohol-related harms caused by drunk driving, underage drinking, binge drinking, gender-based violence, and alcohol consumption by pregnant women. This program reiterates the NGX’s mission of bringing people together for a better world.”

NGX Urges International Breweries Plc To Leverage On Frequent Facts Behind The Figures, Commends Progress Performance
Left-Right: Mr. Tony Ibeziako, Head, Primary Markets, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX); Mr. Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Capital Markets, NGX; Hugo Dias Rochas, Managing Director, International Breweries Plc; Mrs. Tolulope Adedeji, Marketing Director, International Breweries Plc and Mr. Eduardo Caceres, Executive Director, International Breweries Plc during the Facts Behind the Figures presentation at the Exchange yesterday 1 November, 2022 in Lagos.

“International Breweries recorded a remarkable increase of 137.4 percent in operating profiting in H1 2022 reaching 36.6 billion naira compared to the same period of 2021. This achievement is a result of hard work and resilience by the management team to maintain the company’s financial performance and total revenue of 104 billion. “We would like to recognise these efforts being made by the Board and Management of International Breweries Plc towards achieving continuity by improving business operations and restoring investor confidence in the company.

“With the fast-changing macroeconomic environment in Nigeria and globally, we encourage International Breweries Plc to continue to strive for sustainability by adhering to higher standards of corporate governance, deeper social impact, higher regulatory compliance, and greater returns for shareholders,” Chiemeka added.

NGX Urges International Breweries Plc To Leverage On Frequent Facts Behind The Figures, Commends Progress Performance
Left-Right: Mr. Tony Ibeziako, Head, Primary Markets, Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX); Mr. Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Capital Markets, NGX; Hugo Dias Rochas, Managing Director, International Breweries Plc and Mr. Eduardo Caceres, Executive Director, International Breweries Plc during the Facts Behind the Figures presentation at the Exchange yesterday 1 November, 2022 in Lagos.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of International Breweries Plc, Mr. Hugo Dias Rocha during his remarks noted that the company would continue to build brands and invest in a sustainable and profitable business for the long term. “Our team is engaged and living in the AB InBev culture of optimising the growth potential of the business and delivering shareholder value,” he added.

Doyen of Capital Market, Alhaji Yusuf urged the management of International Breweries Plc to leverage on frequent facts behind the figures, while commending the progress performance figures, particularly the first half of 2022.

He said moving from being “Category Leader to Category Performer, Category Performer means making money and paying dividends to your investors, you have not been paying dividends to your investors for six years while promising to advise on how to redeem and restructure the debt.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) on Tuesday, November 1 2022 held the “Facts Behind the Figures Presentation” with International Breweries Plc at the exchange building.

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