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SEC, Pencom to Collaborate in Deepening Commodities Ecosystem

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the National Pensions Commissions (Pencom) on areas that would assist in further deepening the commodities market ecosystem.

Mr. Lamido Yuguda, the Director General of the SEC, stated this when the Management of the Commission along with the Lagos Futures and Commodities Exchange held a meeting with Pencom in Abuja recently.

Yuguda who was represented by Mr. Ibrahim Boyi, the Executive Commissioner Corporate Services of the SEC, stated that the SEC is very passionate about the commodities sector as it has enormous benefits for the economy of the nation.

According to him, “One of the key pillars of the Capital market Master Plan is the development of the commodities ecosystem which gives our nation the opportunity to diversify both the capital market and the economy and also create more products.

“We have recorded a lot of successes in the sector so far and we see a lot of progress in the development of the sector. We are currently working with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to develop standards that would make these our commodities acceptable in the international market. This would further boost our foreign exchange earnings and create wealth for our people.

He said the SEC is seeking collaboration with PenCom to ensure economic development adding that the sector has huge potentials if optimally developed.

“We have witnessed major achievements by the LFCE and we are happy to see them progress. We are committed to creating the rules that will ensure investor protection. It is a strategic focus for us to deliver one of our key mandates which is market development that will lead to economic development. Our focus remains market integrity, market fairness and investor protection.

Speaking earlier, Managing Director of LFCE, Mr. Akin Akeredolu-Ale said the commodities exchanges are interested in exploring avenues for investing pension funds in the capital market.

He expressed his joy that the SEC is spearheading the ISB to further boost the utilisation of pensions funds in the market adding that if pension funds are not reflated, inflation would keep affecting it.

“The primary part of our economic raw materials in crude oil, if you don’t capitalise the primary sector, the manufacturing sector will suffer, same as the service sector. SEC has made provisions for the PFAs to invest in the commodities sector and this is expected to catalyse our economy and spur growth” he said.

Akeredolu-Ale reassured that the reflation of the assets under management is going to benefit people that have their assets as globally pension assets are used to stimulate economies adding that the nation’s economy needs to be activated to create opportunities for pension assets to participate in the exchanges.

He therefore urged Pencom to look into its rules and encourage PFAs to develop and interest in investing in commodity assets on the commodities exchanges like LFCE.

In her remarks, Mrs. Hajara Adeola, Managing Director of Lotus Capital, said the commodity space is very central to the progress and development of Nigeria’s economy and it is important the entire financial system participates as it is developing globally.

“The capital market is creating instruments, creating avenues for investments to grow the market and the economy. It is important we put these infrastructures in place to make it profitable for our nation” she said.

Responding, Mr. Anyim Nyerere, Commissioner Technical of Pencom, said the Pension laws are not static but dynamic adding that the Commission expects a comprehensive request to enable it expedite actions on the matter.

He expressed the desire of Pencom to work with relevant agencies to boost the economy and assured the SEC that Pencom will work within available laws to support the commodities trading ecosystem.


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Unity Bank Customers Win Over N4 Million in Cashtoken Rewards Promo

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Unity Bank customers have claimed over N4 million in cash rewards in its ongoing loyalty programme recently rolled out with Cashtoken, a Cash Reward-as-a-Service company.

The winners included no fewer than 40 customers who adopted and transacted on the Bank’s digital banking platforms, including the UniFi mobile banking application, the *7799# USSD platform or activated their Unity Bank Verve Card to transact on e-payment terminals across Nigeria.

Beginning from onboarding in our customer lifecycle journey, the Unity Bank Cashtoken Partnership commenced as a loyalty and reward scheme to reinforce the benefits of e-banking platforms.

To begin, Customer transactions earn cash tokens, which are then redeemed to qualify for the monthly Cashtoken Rewards draw. Consequently, winners emerge from the draws to claim the cash prizes.

Recall that the retail lender announced the ongoing Cashtoken Rewards loyalty programme in December 2023 in partnership with Cashtoken Rewards Africa to empower customers and improve customer satisfaction.

The partnership with Cashtoken Rewards also provided an opportunity for the Bank to migrate customers—old and new—to a platform that will continually create exciting rewards and appreciation for loyalty.

Eghomware Iyamu, Unity Bank’s Head of E-Business, commenting on the success of the Cashtoken Rewards loyalty program, stated: “We are excited to see our customers win over N4 million in cash rewards through our partnership with Cashtoken.

“This initiative demonstrates our commitment to recognizing and rewarding the loyalty of our customers”.

“By leveraging our digital banking platforms, including the Unifi mobile banking application and the *7799# USSD platform, we are not only enhancing customer experience but also providing life-changing opportunities.

“The Cashtoken Rewards program is a testament to our dedication to improving customer satisfaction and creating meaningful rewards along our customer lifecycle journey.

“We look forward to seeing more of our customers benefit from this exciting program as we continue to innovate and deliver exceptional value to them.”

Unity Bank has robust electronic banking products which include mobile and digital banking channels, including ATM, PoS, or any digital payment channels which support retail product transactions across the country. New-to-Bank customers are invited to open a Unity Bank account, onboard onto the digital platforms and begin transacting on the various platforms to earn cash token rewards and cash prizes while existing customers are encouraged to onboard and transact to win even more rewards and cash prizes.


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FXTM Academy Concludes Successful Event in PHC, Hosts Next Event in Lagos

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FXTM, a global online trading company is hosting an exclusive training for traders where participants can discover the strategies used by the world’s top traders to gain mastery of the market.

L-R: Oluwafumbi Ogedengbe, Specialist Client Education, FXTM Nigeria; Adaeze Uzochukwu, Education Coordinator, FXTM Nigeria; Mathew Anthony, Manager, Market Analysis, FXTM Nigeria; Destiny Ikeakanam, Education Coordinator, FXTM Nigeria and Pius Ogbu, Specialist, Client Education, FXTM Nigeria.

FXTM Academy is dedicated to helping traders and trainees achieve exceptional results in the global markets.

According to Mathew Anthony, Educator at FXTM Academy “We are a global online trading platform that offers stocks, commodities, and other financial instruments, providing traders with access to various markets, competitive pricing, and advanced trading tools.

“Our goal is to empower traders to Learn, Trade and Earn from the global markets.”

This Academy will provide free tutorials through webinars, workshops, video presentations, online courses, market analysis, insights, professional mentorship, and support.

“By offering education and training, FXTM Academy aims to help traders improve their trading skills, make informed trade decisions, and achieve their financial goals.”

Abiola Akinyele, Executive Director of FXTM Nigeria said the registration of the training has opened on the FXTM website and event will take place on the 17th of August.

He said it will be quite exciting and will provide great opportunities for participants to grow the skills to unprecedented heights and to join the ranks of the elite.


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Nova Bank Will Make Great Impact – Oduoza

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Phillips Oduoza, chairman of Nova Bank Plc, has said that the new commercial bank is poised to create jobs and make a great impact.

Nova Bank Will Make Great Impact – Oduoza

Oduoza who spoke at the launching of Nova Bank’s first branch as a national commercial bank in Lagos, said that the bank’s foray into commercial banking and upgrade to National Banking Licence were part of a long-term goal to make an impact.

He said, “We are not here just to maximise profit, but we are here as Nova to have the greatest impact in the society. And this is one of the reasons why we decided to extend to commercial banking business.

“We have been very, very successful, as testified by our customers in the wholesale banking space. And we felt it is just necessary to extend the service to the retail end of the market, which is where you will have the largest population of banking customers.

“Therefore, we want to transfer that success story to the retail end of the market. We want to impact the Nigerian economy as a whole. We want to assist in job creation, stability of the country, which Mr President has been working on. So, by going commercial, it gives us a platform for more job creation in the country.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who performed the ribbon cutting for the inauguration of the first branch, commended the board and management of Nova Bank for taking the decision to invest more into commercial banking not minding the various challenges and uncertainties in the economy.

He said, “We need to encourage them; we need to stay in touch with them because they have a choice.

“They could as well have remained as a nimble wholesale bank or as a merchant bank as a matter. But they felt they need to take it further, and this means they need to dip their hands into their pockets and bring additional resources that would make it possible for them to be able to compete on a larger scale.”

 

 


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