Relief is on the way for the estimated over 7 million passengers plying Lagos roads on a daily basis, as Heritage Investment Services Limited (HIS), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tuchi Technologies Nigeria Limited to provide affordable mass transit for commuters in Lagos metropolis, which Heritage Bank Plc is the banker to the project.
Besides HIS and Tuchi, other parties to the MoU are Solola & Akpana, legal advisers; Kedari Capital, financial advisers and Hedgestone Capital Partners Limited, one of the prospective investors in the project.
The affordable mass transit allows passengers to make an e-hailing in order to book for the Lagos State coloured buses in the Lagos metropolis within the state.
In a statement made available by the Divisional Head, Corporate Communications of the bank, Fela Ibidapo, said Heritage bank was focused on achieving its primary role of financial intermediation through intervention in the transportation sector, which will create jobs and bring about economic growth for the State.
According to him, this is a milestone achievement for the bank in supporting the commuting experience; challenges inherent in the sector and social well-being of more than 7million of Lagos residents who rely on public transport daily
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lagos on Tuesday, Mr. Olusegun Akanji, a director of HIS said the company is an investment vehicle that has committed itself to impact investing to support small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in a bid to create new set of businesses that are technologically-oriented.
He said technology is the future of the world in terms of employment generation, wealth creation and economic development.
The director noted that, “If you want to see those indications achieved in the world we are going into now, you need to focus on technology, particularly technology that is mobile driven and this is one of the reasons why are partnering and investing in this new initiative under the brand name, Tuchi Technologies.”
Akanji said HIS would make some significant investment in the company to get it off the ground.
Also speaking, Mr. Patrick Atuche, Managing Director of Purpledot Media, promoters of Tuchi Technologies said they came up with the initiative to solve transportation system problems in Lagos State.
He said the new initiative is a transportation system that would enable commuters to move from one place to another conveniently and comfortably, adding that it will operate like the Uber transportation system, except that it will use buses as its means of transportation.
Atuche said commuters would be able to book a bus from one destination to another by logging into the company’s app on their phones to know where the next available bus is and when it would get to their bus stop.
The managing director who described the operations as convenient and reliable added that initially the buses would operate from Ajah to Oshodi and from Oshodi to Ajah before it would spread to other parts of the metropolis.
Zenith Bank Dominates Trading On NSE
Zenith International Bank on Wednesday dominated the activity chart on the nation’s bourse, accounting for 64.04 percent of the total volume of shares traded.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bank sold 288.27 million shares valued at N6.68 billion.
Consequently, investors bought and sold 450.14 million shares worth N9.39 billion achieved in 2,858 deals, representing an increase of 200.79 percent.
This was in contrast with a turnover of 149.65 million shares valued at N2.79 billion transacted in 3,063 deals on Tuesday.
Further analysis of the activity chart shows that FBN Holdings came with an exchange of N40.95 million shares worth N303.49 million.
Guaranty Trust Bank traded 33.74 million shares valued at N1.26 billion, while FCMB Group transacted 11.24 million shares worth N18.56 million.
Access Bank sold a total of 9.39 million shares valued at N74.14 million.
However, the market indices recorded marginal loss, dropping by 0.14 percent due to price depreciation.
Specifically, the All-Share Index dipped 45.73 points or 0.14 percent to close at 32,108.30 against 32,154.03 recorded on Tuesday.
Also, the market capitalization which opened at N11.738 trillion shed N16 billion or 0.14 percent to close at N11.722 trillion.
Seplat topped the losers’ chart, dropping by N2 to close at N638 per share.
Lafarge Africa trailed with a loss of N1.70 to close at N15.70, Presco declined by N1.25 to close at N64.50 per share.
Dangote Sugar Refinery depreciated by 45k to close at N13, while Guaranty Trust Bank shed 25k to close at N37.05 per share.
Conversely, Nigerian Breweries led the gainers’ table, growing by 50k to close at N81.50 per share.
Fidson followed with a gain of 40k to close at N4.90, while Redstar appreciated by 30k to close at N4.50 per share.
United Bank for Africa added 20k to close at N8, while Zenith Bank increased by 15k to close at N24 per share.
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Union Bank’s Edu360; Fostering New Collaborations and Partnerships In Education
Union Bank recently held the first edition of its annual education fair, edu360 in Lagos, drawing stakeholders from across the education ecosystem including teachers, parents, school owners, investors, students and other key participants.
The event tagged “Investing in the Future”, took place at Harbour Point in Victoria Island and served as a platform for collaboration among the education sector stakeholders, with the goal of accelerating development and much-needed investment in the sector.
Speaking at the ceremony to mark the kick-off of the 2-day event, the Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa reiterated the Bank’s focus on education as a key driver of national development.
He said; “Edu360 is positioned to be the leading education platform in Nigeria, facilitating collaboration among stakeholders within the sector. We firmly believe that the private sector, working closely with the government and other stakeholders, can play a critical role in fast-tracking solutions to move the educational sector forward.
At Union Bank, we are committed to identifying sectors that are vital to shaping a better, sustainable future for Nigerians.”
The Bank’s Head of Commercial Banking, Adekunle Sonola and other members of the Board of Directors were also in attendance along with Nigeria’sfirst female Minister of Industry, Chief (Dr.) Mrs. Nike Akande; the Minister of Education, represented by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the Governor of Lagos state represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh.
While delivering the keynote address, Dr. Modupe Olateju-Adefeso, Managing Director of The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre spoke extensively on the linkages between and education and national development, drawing examples from the health sector.
Over200 teachers from government and private owned schools benefited from free training sessions as part of Union Bank’s drive to upskill the workforce of the important sector. The teachers also received free teaching aids to support their teaching efforts.
There were also digital training sessions for parents and children courtesy Google in addition to Coding and Robotics classes. The fair also featured private workshops and seminars to address sensitive issues concerning raising well-adjusted children in today’s world.
Speakers at the panel discussions included Olympic gold medallist, Enefiok Udo-Obong; award-winning actress, Bikiya Graham Douglas; Special needs advocate, Angela Emuwa; Consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Yewande Oshodi and popular Nollywood actress and Producer, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
Over 70 exhibitors and partners including Google, Lego, Sage, Nestle, Simpli Foods, as well as leading schools in and around Lagos participated in the 2-day exhibition to showcase their goods and services.
Union Bank remains committed to supporting Nigeria’s growth by identifying and investing in sectors that are vital to shaping a better, more sustainable future for generations to come.
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