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Odu’a Investment Declares N1.961Bn as Profit Before Tax

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Odu’a Investment Company Limited at it’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held yesterday in Lagos declared N1.961billion as profit before tax.

The General Meeting approved, among other resolutions, the company’s financial statements for the financial year 2023 as well as the payment of a cash dividend of N428 million to its Shareholders.

Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, the group Chairman of Odu’a Investment, while announcing the modest 7% growth in operating revenue from N3.68 billion in 2022 to N3.95 billion in 2023 reiterated that despite the economic headwinds of 2023, it was another year of good performance by the company as it posted a Profit Before Tax of N1.96 billion.

Otunba Ashiru expressed satisfaction that with improved collaboration and synergy within the Group and leveraging shared services, cross selling, joint marketing and astute business innovation, Odu’a Investment is translating the timeless vision of the founding fathers of the company into reality by the implementation of the Group’s 5-Year Strategic Plan which aims to sweat, create and revive businesses and assets to deliver continuous growth and value to shareholders and stakeholders.

According to him, notable events in the year under review included the commissioning of the Phase 1 of Westlink Iconic Villa, Alakia, Ibadan comprising 67 residential units of 3-bedroom apartments, 4-bedroom and 5-bedroom duplexes; the launching of the Odua Investment Foundation and its flagship Educational Intervention Project tagged ’’Digital Education for Innovation & Economic Development (DEFINED)’’.

“Odu’a Investment also secured its first ever Credit Rating in 2023 with Agusto & Co awarding it ‘’A’’ Rating with a Stable Outlook attributed to its deft management and ’’ … good operating cashflows supported by its diversified income streams and portfolio of subsidiaries and associates’’.

Mr Adewale Raji, the group Managing Director/CEO, who officially will be retiring on 31st May, 2024 in his report, appreciated all the esteemed shareholders for the opportunity given to him to serve the company for two successive terms lasting 10 years during which the Group with their support enthroned a new corporate governance framework that depoliticized its operations, appointments and management.

Mr. Raji said the Group in this past ten years witnessed repositioning that was driven by her SRC – 2025 Strategy (i.e. Sweat, Revive & Create) to be a lean non-operating investment holding company focused on 8 sectors of Real Estate, Hospitality, Financial Services, Agriculture, Energy/Power, ICT/Digital, Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals and Logistics/e-Commerce.

“It is such focus on “Sweating’’ that necessitated the consolidation of the entire Group real estate portfolio under our Wemabod Limited subsidiary leading to the massive redevelopment either through own resources or joint venture partnerships of our real estate portfolio to optimize yield and return.

“Revive’’ is manifesting in our renovation and redevelopment of Premier Hotel at Ibadan with significant progress made in both the existing building and new developments on the site with phased re-opening starting in H1 of 2025. “Create’’ reflects in the significant step up in our BITA Exploration and Production Ltd marginal field (PPL 249) funding thrust to implement the Field Development Plan with our partner, Pioneer Global Energy Resources.

The company expects that once these funding and regulatory requirements are met; it will be able to achieve ‘’First Oil’’ within Q1 of 2025. All these translated to remarkable success in its financial performance, corporate governance, risk management, and asset optimization across its chosen sectors.

He noted that in real terms, OICL Profit Before Tax for 2023 actually increased by 62% to N1.772 billion from N1.092 billion in 2022 if we strip off Revaluation Gains arising from our Investment Properties portfolio in both years. He also recounted that the financial year 2023 will be the 10th consecutive year that the company will be paying dividends to Shareholders with the cumulative amount paid in this past decade amounting to N3.11 billion.

In his review of the operating environment, Mr. Raji expressed optimism that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration’s pursuit of a market-driven approach to resolving underlying problems of the economy will attract long-term investments into the country to fund infrastructure and social services that includes roads, rail, power, healthcare, education, etc that will translate into sustainable economic and human capital development.

In closing, Mr. Adewale Raji expressed confidence that under the leadership of Mr. Abdulrahman Yinusa, the incoming GMD/CEO of OICL, the company will deliver on the ongoing redevelopment of the hotels in the Group, new pipeline of premium residential and commercial redevelopment projects, securing viable joint venture partnerships for the agriculture portfolio, achieve ‘’First Oil‘’ in the implementation of the field development plan of BITA marginal field, and facilitate the company’s mainstream participation in the turnaround of the power/electricity sector.


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Court Dismisses Base Stations Lawsuit Against ATC, MTN

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ATC Nigeria, a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation, and MTN Nigeria scored a major victory in court last week over constructing or operating base transceiver stations “within close proximity” to stations owned by IHS Towers Nigeria.

The lawsuit against the two had been filed by non-profit organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre, in November 2023.

Additionally, HEDA also filed a contempt of court case against ATC Nigeria’s CEO, Errol Ambler-Smith, seeking his arrest, which HEDA later withdrew.

ATC Nigeria announced that on Friday, June 21, 2024, the court struck out HEDA’s suit against ATC Nigeria and MTN Nigeria on the grounds that it was speculative and failed to disclose any reasonable cause of action.

American Tower said it has “always been and remains committed to upholding” the highest standards of legal compliance and operational integrity in all its activities.

“We are pleased that the court recognised the speculative nature of HEDA’s lawsuit, and we are hopeful that this outcome will send a message to other similar potential speculative lawsuits. We appreciate the support and understanding of all our stakeholders as we continue to invest in, and provide critical infrastructure for, Nigeria’s telecommunications industry,” ATC Nigeria said in a statement.


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Airtel Boosts Sickle Cell Awareness with CrimsonBow Initiative Collaboration

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In commemoration of this year’s World Sickle Cell Day, Airtel Nigeria partnered with the CrimsonBow Sickle Cell Initiative to host a well-attended sickle cell awareness and clinic over the weekend, at Dansol Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos.

The event which aimed at improving sickle cell education and supporting individuals living with sickle cell disease, featured free counselling for sickle cell patients, free medical testing, drug dispensing, and sensitization sessions to educate the public about the sickle cell disease.

Through the partnership, much-needed support and resources were provided to affected individuals while promoting early detection and proper management of the condition.

Commenting on the involvement of Airtel in the program, Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Femi Oshinlaja, emphasized Airtel’s dedication to good health as part of the telecommunication company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals.

“We are proud to partner with CrimsonBow Sickle Cell Initiative in this important endeavour, as it reflects our commitment to corporate social responsibility and improving community health outcomes. The goal of this partnership is to provide crucial support to individuals living with sickle cell disease and to help raise awareness about the condition.

“Through this partnership, we strongly hope to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CrimsonBow Sickle Cell Initiative, Timi Edwin, expressed gratitude to Airtel. In her remarks, “This partnership with Airtel Nigeria allows us to extend our reach and provide essential services to more individuals living with sickle cell disease. We appreciate Airtel Nigeria for their support in making this event possible.”

Airtel Nigeria has continued to reinforce its position as an organization committed to the well-being of the society through various corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Asides initiative partnerships like this to combat the challenges faced by individuals living with sickle cell disease, they continue to make strides under several CSR initiatives, contributing to the overall effort to enhance the general wellness of Nigerians.

 


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Tinubu appoints Tunji Bello as CEO of FCCPC

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President Bola Tinubu has appointed Olatunji Bello as the new Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice-Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, noted that the appointment is pending confirmation by the Senate.

He said that the President expects that the new Chief Executive Officer of this important agency will ensure the holistic realization of the Commission’s mandate of protecting and promoting the interest and welfare of Nigerian consumers and ensuring the adoption of measures to guarantee the safety and quality of goods and services.

Bello, who is a lawyer, administrator, and renowned journalist, is the former secretary to the Lagos State Government and holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos.

“He studied Law at the same university and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002,” the statement read.

“Bello began his career in journalism at the Concord Newspapers in 1985 and held the positions of Group Political Editor; Sunday Concord Editor, and Editor, National Concord.

“He is a winner of the US Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship and was appointed the Chairman, Editorial Board of THISDAY Newspapers in 2001.

“He also served as Commissioner for Environment under various administrations in Lagos State.


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