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IST Orders NDIC to Pay IPO Subscriber

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Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) has ordered the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) to pay a subscriber to an aborted initial public offering (IPO), in a landmark judgment that places the burden of uncompleted transactions on the NDIC.

IST Orders NDIC to Pay IPO Subscriber

The IST ordered NDIC to pay Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute Limited N5 million for the aborted share purchase transaction.

According to The Nation, in addition, the NDIC is to pay N5 million at two per cent interest above the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) MRR from March 2006 when NDIC took over All States Trust Bank until the full payment of the principal sum.

The IST also awarded to Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute, cost of N500,000 to be paid by NDIC.

But NDIC said it would instruct its solicitors to appeal the judgment.

The case involved Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute and eight others, including NDIC, in which Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute  bought 2.5 million shares in the 2005 IPO of the former All States Trust Bank Plc, now Ecobank Plc, at N2 per shares of 50 kobo each and paid N5 million.

The Tribunal found that it was wrong for the NDIC to classify the Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute as a creditor, as it had no contractual relationship with the All States Trust Bank Plc for which it was expecting payments, but was rather a subscriber to its aborted IPO, whose money is by the capital market law, rules and regulations termed “return money”, to be refunded by the entity in custody of the money.

The Tribunal added that “NDIC having not denied that it took over the subscription money for the aborted All States Trust Bank Initial Public Offer, should be in a position to refund to Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute Ltd the sum of N5, 000, 000, it paid for the un-allotted shares of All States Trust Bank”.

According to the IST, Winners Medical Diagnostics & Research Institute subscribed to 2, 500, 000 units of shares in the 2005 IPO of the former All States Trust Bank Plc, now Ecobank at N2 per shares of 50 kobo each and paid N5 million, which was acknowledged by the First Bank Plc and NDIC.

Though acknowledging the existence of the share-IPO suspense account, Ecobank Nigeria said it was not part of the private sector deposit liabilities of All States Trust Bank it inherited.

Reacting to the judgment, the NDIC said the decision of the tribunal was in error as it misconstrued and consequently misapplied the provisions of the legislations governing bank liquidation.

“The share/IPO subscription fee which was paid by Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute to the defunct bank for the allotment of shares only qualifies the claimant as a creditor to the defunct bank as the subscription fee would be treated as money had and received by the defunct bank,” NDIC stated.

NDIC noted that it was an undisputed fact that Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute was not a customer to the defunct bank but a subscriber to its shares, which unfortunately, were not allotted to it before the bank went under.

The NDIC said it was not contending the indebtedness of the defunct bank to Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute for the IPO subscription fee.

“Rather, the position and contention of the NDIC is that the law on priority of claims must be strictly followed in the distribution of the assets of the defunct bank.

“To pay Winners Medical Diagnostic and Research Institute Ltd as ordered by the Tribunal without following due process as prescribed by law would amount to illegality on the part of the liquidator (NDIC) as it would be a clear violation of the express provision of the laws quoted above” NDIC stated.

According to NDIC, the tribunal also erred when it ordered the NDIC in its corporate capacity to pay the claimant the judgment sum as any award of damages should be against the defunct bank as it is still a legal entity until dissolved and its name struck out of the register of companies at the CAC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Konga, CeraVe Ink MoU for Exclusive Launch of L’Oreal Product in Nigeria

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At long last, relief is here for the skincare enthusiasts in Nigeria! Konga Health, Nigeria’s premier digital healthcare distribution company, has sealed an exclusive partnership with CeraVe, a leading global skincare brand under the L’Oréal umbrella, to launch its product in the country. L’Oréal is the world leader in beauty: makeup, cosmetics, haircare and perfume in terms of quality, efficacy and safety.

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Through Konga Health, a technology-driven healthcare solutions company focused on revolutionizing the healthcare value chain and a member of the Konga Group, this exclusive collaboration will debut with the renowned CeraVe line, offering unbeatable prices and free delivery to some locations Nationwide.

This enhanced partnership empowers Konga Health to onboard pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare providers Nationwide to support the distribution of CeraVe’s product line. This initiative includes opportunities for recruitment, partnerships, and collaboration to ensure that high-quality skincare solutions are accessible to all nationwide.

This strategic alliance ensures that genuine CeraVe products reach Nigerian consumers swiftly and conveniently, leveraging Konga’s extensive e-commerce infrastructure. Concerns about counterfeit items that often plague the beauty and skincare market are now a thing of the past, as Konga becomes CeraVe’s official distributor in Nigeria.

CeraVe now boasts a dedicated official shop-in-shop (SIS) on Konga.com, serving as a one-stop destination for all authentic CeraVe products. Shoppers can directly access top-tier skincare solutions identical to those available globally.

Starting Monday, July 15th, CeraVe’s flagship products, such as the Cerave’s Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Cleanser, SA Smoothing Cleanser, Fragrance-Free Moisturizer with 3 Essential Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid, Barrier-Reinforcing Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream with Niacinamide, Exfoliating Salicylic Acid Foot Cream, Retinol Serum, Eye Repair Cream, Facial Moisturizers, Hyaluronic, and Vitamin C Serums, will be readily available on the Konga Health and Konga.com platforms, offering customers a seamless and convenient shopping experience.

Nnenna Emenyonu, Senior Vice President of Konga Health, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with CeraVe, a brand synonymous with quality and scientific excellence in skincare. This collaboration allows our customers access to top-tier skincare products that are dermatologically tested and proven effective.”

Rabah Deroueche, LID LDB SSA and Business Development Director at L’Oreal, shared similar sentiments, noting, “Our partnership with Konga marks a significant milestone for CeraVe in Nigeria. By leveraging our commitment to quality skincare products and Konga’s platform, CeraVe can reach a wider audience and address the skincare needs of Nigerian consumers. This collaboration ensures Nigerian consumers can easily access our products and experience the benefits of our dermatologist-developed formulations.”

CeraVe has earned its stellar reputation globally through scientifically backed formulations. Developed in close collaboration with dermatologists, CeraVe products meet the highest standards of skincare and are celebrated for using essential ingredients that ensure optimal skin health.

The partnership between Konga and L’Oreal establishes Konga’s standing as a trusted e-commerce platform offering only high-quality products. As the official distributor of CeraVe, Konga is dedicated to maintaining the brand’s integrity by providing shoppers with authentic products that meet their skincare needs.


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TD Africa Partners CISCO on Tech-Skills Development in Africa

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In its continuous drive to bridge the widening skills gap in Africa’s technology sector, TD Africa, Africa’s largest technology distribution company, has partnered with Cisco on its month-long inaugural training program.

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The program, the first of its kind in the TD Academy training series, was aimed at empowering young minds with technical skills and professional exposure.

The initiative, titled “Introduction to Cisco Networking Solutions and Workplace Professional Skills,” exemplifies TD Africa’s comprehensive and futuristic approach to technology education and professional development, empowering individuals and businesses to thrive in the digital age.

This innovative series of pooled training aims to equip the participants with the foundational knowledge of Cisco networking solutions, which is critical for building and managing robust IT infrastructure and workplace professional skills, recognizing the importance of soft skills in today’s dynamic work environment.

This combined focus on technical competence and professional development aligns with TD Africa’s robust approach towards impacting appropriate skills set into young people.

Cisco’s extensive portfolio for this first leg of TD Academy encompasses carefully curated programs in cybersecurity, data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the most sought-after skills in the African technology market.

For Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, CEO of TD Africa, the company’s dedication to bridging the skills gap is not a one-off training program nor limited to knowledge transfer.

Her words: “We understand the critical need for a skilled workforce to propel Africa’s digital transformation. Through our collaborative training programs with industry leaders like Cisco, we are committed to equipping individuals with the right tools and knowledge to succeed in this exciting field.”

Amblessed Ubong, one of the beneficiaries of the training program, said, “I recently completed a four-week training at the TD Academy; it was enriching and transformative.

“The sessions were thought-provoking, the trainers were passionate, and the environment was highly supportive. Collaborative projects enhanced my teamwork skills and made learning enjoyable.

“I left the TD Academy with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed enthusiasm for my career.”

Impressed by the exceptional talent emerging from the program, Africa’s number one tech distribution company immediately recruited some of the top graduates who participated in the training program.

This commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent further strengthens the technology ecosystem in Africa, creating a pipeline of skilled professionals for the future.

By empowering individuals and businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge, TD Africa is further stamping its foot in the sand of time, playing a pivotal role in Africa’s digital renaissance.


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Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

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David Adeleke, Nigerian musician well known as Davido, has launched Chatter, a new social media application.

Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

Chatter is a social audiovisual utility platform designed to help amplify the voice of content creators and connect them with a vibrant community.

However, the app’s usage goes beyond content creators; business-minded individuals, as well as people looking to connect, have a place on it.

The musician used his social media accounts to announce the app’s release.

He gave a brief history of the development of the software and its features with his friend.

The well-known musician from Nigeria stated that he and Sir Banko, his close friend  are the owners of the app.

The music icon posted information about Chatter, a social audiovisual utility platform that connects content creators to a lively community and helps them magnify their voices.

In the past eight months, Davido has undertaken three internet projects.

Recall that the musician introduced his cryptocurrency.

However, the $DAVIDO coin fell a few days after it launched, prompting some cryptocurrency fans to call it a scam and a rug-pull.

 

 


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