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Fidelity Bank Holds Young Entrepreneurs Event



Fidelity Bank Ghana has hosted a virtual networking forum for over 40 entrepreneurs to interact, share their company experiences, and provide input on the advantages of the bank’s youth support programs to Fidelity Bank and its partners.

The Fidelity Young Entrepreneurs Fund (FYEF) was established by Fidelity Bank to provide both financial and non-financial support to youth-related enterprises in order to help them survive and develop. The bank will provide training programs and up to GHC200,000 in financial support to chosen enterprises, in collaboration with its partners.

Fidelity Bank partnered with other corporate partners and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) to launch EKN’s Ghana chapter of the Orange Corners initiative as part of the Bank’s long-term youth development plan to support the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals. The program uses a revolving fund mechanism established and administered by Fidelity Bank to strengthen the capability of young companies and provide low-cost financing where needed.
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Julian Opuni, the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Ghana, complimented the entrepreneurs’ tireless spirit in his speech at the first virtual networking event and advised them to take advantage of the unwavering assistance that Fidelity Bank will provide.


“It is heartwarming to see that these young entrepreneurs are working hard and so effectively to grow and sustain their businesses. These flagship youth initiatives, the Fidelity Young Entrepreneurs Fund and the Orange Corners Initiative, were established to give them the necessary support and our aim with this event is to solicit ideas on how to improve these initiatives to continue to meet the dynamic needs of young entrepreneurs.”

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“It is our hope that the SMEs that benefitted from our financial and training programs will grow to become big businesses that will significantly impact Ghana and beyond.”
Julian Opuni

Some of the young entrepreneurs who attended the networking event thanked Fidelity Bank and its partners for their continued support in helping them expand their enterprises. They are hopeful that the feedback they provided to Fidelity Bank will be integrated into the programs for the benefit of participants. Fidelity Bank has disbursed approximately GHS 3 million in loans to recipients through the Fidelity Young Entrepreneurship Program.

Fidelity’s assistance for young entrepreneurs is part of the bank’s “Together We’re More” brand promise, which sees success as a joint effort among key stakeholders working toward a common goal. Fidelity has demonstrated that by collaborating with entrepreneurs, they can help them realize their business aspirations, thereby contributing to the nation’s economic prosperity.

Elsewhere, Fidelity Bank announced a number of intriguing Christmas deals to thank its loyal customers as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations. Fidelity’s goal is to make the holiday season more special for its consumers by focusing on small companies and salaried workers.


Small companies can use Fidelity’s Boafo Loan and Semi-Secured Loan to stock up their stores with a variety of merchandise to satisfy the demands of the festive season during the Christmas season and into the New Year.

During and after the holidays, importers can use Fidelity’s Trade Import Loan and Trade Import Duty Loan to facilitate the importation and clearance of their goods.

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Fidelity Bank is providing salaried workers a maximum credit limit of $350,000 with the option of a repayment break.

Nana Esi Idun-Arkhurst, Divisional Director, Retail Banking, Fidelity Bank Ghana, revealed that the special Christmas deals were designed to provide financial comfort to consumers over the festive season.

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Oando, Tantalizer, other equity investors lose N40bn



On Thursday, the Nigerian stock market experienced sell-offs that caused losses in Oando, Tantalizer, and other companies before the end of trade.

After five hours of trading today, the sell-offs reduced the equity capitalisation by N40 billion, from N37.40 trillion to N37.36 trillion.

The All-Share Index, which had previously closed at 68,335.72 but fell by 64.58 basis points to 68,271.14 today, mirrored the fall.

On Thursday, investors transacted 7,949 deals totaling 1.12 billion shares worth N5.81 billion.


More than 8,201 transactions totaling 566.63 million shares worth N5.38 billion were made on Wednesday by shareholders.

With a N0.15 kobo increase in share price, John Holt moved from N1.57 kobo to N1.72 kobo per share, topping the list of gainers.

In comparison to its starting share price of N0.21 kobo, DAAR Comm increased by 9.52 percent to close at N0.23 kobo.

Omatek’s share price increased from N0.42 kobo to N0.46 kobo, a 9.52 percent increase.

Mutual Benefit’s share price increased by 9.30 percent, rising from N0.43 to N0.47 kobo per share.


Shares of Sunu Assurance ended trading at N0.96 kobo, up 9.09 percent from N0.88 kobo.

Oando topped the losers’ table after shedding N1.45 kobo to drop from N14.60 kobo to N13.15 kobo per share.

Lasacol’s share price dropped by N0.20 kobo to end trading at N1.86 kobo from N2.06 per share.

Chams lost N0.14 kobo to end trading with N1.32 kobo from N1.46 kobo per share.

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NNFM lost N1.55 kobo to drop from N16.80 kobo to N15.25 kobo per share.


Tantalizer’s share dropped from N0.35 kobo to N0.32 kobo per share after losing N0.90 kobo during trading.

Universal Insurance topped the day’s trading with 669.01 million shares valued at N134.20 million.

Oando followed with 100.68 million shares worth N1.45 billion.

Japaul Gold sold 43.73 million shares worth N43.38 million.

Access Corporation traded 40.14 million shares valued at N681.94 million, while UBA sold 32.45 million shares valued at N552.75 million.


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President Tinubu Meets With Nigerians In US



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has met with members of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Community in the US

The President tasked Nigerians living in the US to bring their resources to invest in the Nigerian economy.

President Tinubu said this in a meeting organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on the sidelines of the ongoing 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The President who advised the community to overcome setbacks asked the citizens to adopt a new mindset.


He further told the gathering at the Town Hall meeting that their fatherland had become home for business opportunities.

“I want to give you a measure that will resonate with you. I was once a Diasporan. What you have been through, I have been through it. A change of mindset is necessary. Take it this night that Nigeria is home for business opportunities.

“Also, anywhere you stay, there is always going to be an opportunity in it and in everything you do, there is always going to be an opportunity, if you know how to search and put your mind to it.”

President Tinubu expressed satisfaction with their conduct lauding their exemplary conduct and how they had continued to succeed in their country of residence.

“You are lucky to be among those who are celebrated for good manners and behaviour and are operating acceptably.


“I’m very proud of you; I have also been a beneficiary of inspiration, determination, commitment and perseverance and that is all you need to pull through.

“But, we need you back home, Nigeria has arrived; forget the frustration of the previous years’ leaderships,” President Tinubu said.

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The Nigerian leader stressed that his administration is currently reviewing the challenges of out-of-school children, and the healthcare programme to change narratives, he identified the need to eradicate poverty.

“Sincerely, we don’t have any reason to be poor. We are just poor in some leadership areas. That is what I harped on during my campaign. It was a very gruesome campaign but I won the election. If I didn’t throw myself into it with strong determination and resolve, I wouldn’t have won,” President Tinubu added.

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World Bank pledges to reposition Nigeria’s irrigation farming



The World Bank announced its commitment to reposition Nigeria’s irrigation farming for sustainable economic development and for food security on Thursday in Abuja.


It announced the commitment when its team on Sustainable Power and Irrigation in Nigeria/ Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria, (SPIN/TRIMING) project officials visited the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev.



The officials were led by Mr Jun Matsumoto, the Team Lead. Matsumoto acknowledged the successful transformation of irrigation asset management in Nigeria through the establishment of water users associations.


He noted the pivotal role played by the associations in ensuring the sustainable management of irrigation resources and called for support in achieving the project’s objectives.
He emphasised the critical importance of collaboration in the upcoming SPIN project and elaborated on its core objectives.


Matsumoto said one of the objectives was the utilisation of existing water resources infrastructure to address Nigeria’s water resources and energy requirements.


He said the project would include comprehensive technical assistance studies focused on large-scale water resources management, and the development of multi-purpose dam hydropower projects.


Responding, Prof. Utsev said achievements already recorded in Nigeria’s TRIMING project was impressive.

He emphasised the integral connection between economic sustainability and food security underlining the TRIMING project’s pivotal role in enhancing food production.



The minister welcomed the proposal to replace TRIMING, set to expire in 2024, with SPIN, saying it would address Nigeria’s pressing challenges in the area of food sufficiency.

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Prof. Utsev reaffirmed Federal Government’s commitment to food security, improved irrigation techniques, and enhanced farming practices across the country.


He expressed gratitude to the World Bank for the remarkable progress recorded on the project over the past nine years and expressed optimism that it would yield even more significant outcomes.

TRIMING strengthened quality of and access to productivity-enhancing and market access services for 130,000 farmers in four rehabilitated irrigation schemes.



They are the Bakolori Irrigation Scheme in Zamfara, Middle Rima Irrigation Scheme in Sokoto State, Kano River Irrigation Scheme, and Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme in Jigawa state.

The project provides technical assistance to establish a Farmers’ Management Centre at each of the irrigation schemes.

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