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Tony Elumelu conferred with Belgium’s most important national honour

Nigerian billionaire-entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu, has been conferred with Belgium’s oldest and most important national honour.

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The Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Group, Tony Elumelu, has been conferred with Belgium’s oldest and most important national honour titled: “The honorary distinction of Officer in the Order of Leopold.”

The entrepreneur made the disclosure via his verified Twitter handle. The award is said to be in recognition of his commitment to the eradication of poverty & the economic empowerment of young Africans.

Elumelu tweeted, “Last night, the Kingdom of Belgium conferred on me with the honorary distinction of Officer in the Order of Leopold, the country’s oldest and most important National Honour.

“I am humbled by this recognition of the work @TonyElumeluFDN in catalysing entrepreneurs across Africa and will continue to drive the economic empowerment of our brilliant young #Africanentrepreneurs to propel development in Africa.”

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Themoneymetrics  had earlier reported that Tony Elumelu had been named in “Times 100” list of 100 most influential people in the world 2020.

Why it matters

The latest award, amongst others, is in recognition of his commitment to the eradication of poverty and the economic empowerment of young Africans.

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FG to sell Geregu, Omotosho and Calabar power plants for N434 billion

The Federal Government has mapped out some of its power plants for sale and to concession some assets in 2021.

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The Federal Government announced that it will sell the Geregu, Omotosho and Calabar power plants for N434 billion in 2021. The FG also disclosed plans to concession major sports stadiums across the country.

This was disclosed by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in its 2021 Budget Defence in Abuja, reported by Vanguard.

Geregu Power Plant would be sold for N140.7 billion, Omotosho Power Plant N151.4 billion and  Calabar Power Plant N143.4 billion, the BPE said.

Senator Theodore Orji, member of the Senate Committee on  Privatization and Commercialization disclosed that Geregu is already majority-owned by private investors.

“We also found that in Geregu Power Plant, the core investor already owned 51% shares and that the transaction emanated from a request by the investor for additional 29% of FGN residual 49% shares,” Orji told the BPE

The Government also announced plans to concession some sports and entertainment infrastructure next year including the National Stadium, Lagos, Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, Jos International Stadium, Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium and the National Art Theatre

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Our source reported in 2019 that  Femi Otedola, revealed plans to shift focus to power generation with a planned investment of up to $1 billion into Geregu Power Plc.

Chief Executive Officer, Geregu Power Plc, Akin Akinfemiwa, told our source  in June that they have invested the sum of 100 million dollars (USD) to carry out a major overhaul not only to ensure that the three turbines were operational at the nameplate capacity of 414MW but also to add an extra 21MW to bring the total nameplate and available capacity to 435MW.

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3000 participants projected to grace Diaspora Investment Summit

The Summit will hold its third edition with the theme: “Post-COVID-19 Economic Resurgence: Targeting Diaspora Investment.”

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At least 3000 participants are projected to grace the upcoming Nigerians in Diaspora virtual Investment Summit holding from Nov. 20 to 21, according to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, CEO/Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).

What you should know

The Diaspora Virtual Investment Summit is organized by NIDS, a private sector-driven initiative in collaboration with NIDCOM and Nigeria Diaspora Summit Initiative. This is the third edition with the theme: “Post-COVID-19 Economic Resurgence: Targeting Diaspora Investment.”

This year’s edition is virtual owing to the global pandemic, so the participants are expected to register online. Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa shared the registration link on her Twitter handle.

What they are saying

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, Mrs. Abike said:

“The biggest advantage is that participants are free to attend from anywhere in the world.

“This virtual summit is aimed at creating an avenue for prospective, meaningful and sustainable diaspora investment to be relied upon to boost economic growth in Nigeria.

“The virtual summit will also showcase the investment opportunities and the developmental framework put in place to make investing in Nigeria more attractive to Nigerian Diaspora investors.

“The aim is to establish a platform where Diaspora investors can interact with potentials, sponsors, partners and collaborate with government; they will also direct round-table deals for mutual benefits.

“We are also expecting financial intermediaries and stakeholders who have an interest and commitment to the resurgence and revival of the Nigerian economy, with particular regard to its diversification to enhance attractiveness.

“This summit will strengthen participants’ profile, expand their network, show-case practice, products and services at a virtual conference with potential government actors.

“We project that 3,000 participants will be joining this investment summit. Participation is free. However, pitchers looking for investors are asked to pay N15,000.”

Why it matters

The event is expected to attract diaspora investors from the healthcare, education, agric-business, creative, sports and entertainment, telecom, ICT/fin-tech and manufacturing sectors, with participants taking through exhibition halls all in a bid to maximize growth potentials in the aforementioned sectors.

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Rationalize public service jobs as a means to cut costs of governance – Rewane

Rewane insists states should rationalize overstaffing in the public service, which must be in tune with newer private investments.

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Bismarck Rewane, CEO of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, said State Governors should prioritize rationalizing public office jobs as a means to cut costs of governance.

Mr. Rewane disclosed this on Channels Television on Sunday evening.

“The Governments are starting to realize that profligacy is not a part of governance. The state governments have to run an economy, they are getting about N1.15 trillion from VAT, because 85% goes to the states. If looked individually, some states are doing well, in terms of use of thin resources, for example, Edo state,” he said.

On cutting costs of governance, he said the states should rationalize overstaffing in the public service, which must be in tune with newer private investments – which would ensure a transfer of manpower to the new investments.

“Over staffing of the public service, you need to rationalize, if you are doing that, it must coincide with new investments, so that people who are getting rationalized are going into jobs created by the private sector.

“It’s a thing that has to be done totally; we need private investments and policies that make sense. You can’t have inflation at 14-15%, and interest rates at 2%, nobody is going to invest in that environment – you need to bring those things back up.

“We need efficient fiscal system that complements private sector capital accumulation, to make sure that there is growth. As long as there is no growth and the population is growing at about 2%, there would be difficulties,” Rewane said.

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