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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS WITH ELOY FOUNDATION TO PROMOTE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF FEMALE OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES

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In furtherance of the need to empower female business owners across the country, The ELOY Foundation, in partnership with FirstBank presents the ELOY Foundation Business Shower, created to support female entrepreneurs on their journey to building sustainable businesses.

The support from FirstBank will be carried out through the FirstGem loan scheme designed for female-owned or partnered MSMEs and its SMEConnect initiative.

The partnership focuses on key sectors of the economy and designed to have female entrepreneurs exposed to essential business skills like training, networking and the ELOY Foundation Business Toolkit, a compilation of business survival skills nuggets.

The business shower will avail businesses a platform to pitch their ideas to win seed grants and join the ELOY Foundation Sustainable Empowerment Programme 2022. Participants will also be able to access the FirstGem single digit loan, where eligible.

The ELOY Foundation Business Shower will hold in 5 locations across the country. Kicking off in Lagos on 23 June 2022, the train moves to Port Harcourt on 25 June 2022, then Abuja on 30 June 2022. In July, Kano and Abia will host female business owners on the 2nd and 7th, respectively.

The ELOY Awards Foundation Business Showers will offer an avenue to sustain women empowerment by providing entrepreneurial training and mentorship from experienced businessmen and women, arming participants with tools and information to help them grow their businesses.

According to Tewa Onasanya, Founder of the ELOY Awards Foundation, “it is not just enough to talk about empowering business owners, it is very important to sustain empowerment by providing guidance towards their business progress and giving them access to different resources to help them continue to thrive.

MSMEs are the backbone of any nation and there is a great need to sustain this chain of the economy. It is on this common ground that FirstBank has partnered with the ELOY Team to contribute meaningfully in empowering women to achieve fulfilment in their chosen business endeavours.“

Speaking on the partnership, Folake An-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank said, “we commend ELOY Foundation for their efforts on this initiative as the continued strengthening and inclusiveness of female driven business endeavours is essential to the growth of the national economy.

We are happy to partner with ELOY Foundation on its Business Shower. Together, we will drive the entrepreneurial viability of participants and expose them to business nuggets that will take their business to the next level.

Woven into the fabric of society for over 128 years, FirstBank plays a leading role in supporting women through strategic empowerment, capacity building and mentorship programs for women in MSME, leveraging its FirstGem and SMEConnect propositions to women across diverse sectors of the economy as well as strategic partnerships with women empowerment organisations like ELOY.

Registration is currently ongoing for the ELOY Business Shower via the link below.

https://eloyawards.com/eloy-business-shower-registration/

Female business owners are encouraged to send in their business pitch video and business plan for a spot on the ELOY Foundation Sustainable Empowerment Program and a chance to win a grant for their business.

About ELOY Awards Foundation

The ELOY Awards Foundation was launched with the primary aim to empower women
business owners through partnerships for access to grants and affordable finance,
entrepreneurial training, mentoring and networking for sustainable empowerment.

The ELOY Awards Foundation is about empowering and challenging thousands of women to
be more and do more by providing access to resources and business skills for them to be
able to grow, transform and sustain their businesses, which will in turn benefit their families
and the community at large.

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Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate (USD/NGN) Nov. 27, 2022 (Black Market)

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Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate (USD/NGN) Nov. 27, 2022, from an unofficial market (black market), can be accessed below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the exchange rate changes hourly.… it depends on the volume of dollars available and the Demands. What it means is that…you can buy or sell 1 dollar at ₦785 and the price can change (high or low) within hours.

How much is the exchange rate of Dollar to Naira in the Black Market today? See Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Sunday 27th November below.

The Nigeria parallel market (black market dollar exchange rate today) to the Nigerian Naira is as follows: For the Lagos market (black market).

LAGOS PARALLEL MARKET RATES TODAY: dollar to naira exchange rate today black market.

November 27 dollar to naira black market exchange rate: $1 dollar to naira = ₦785

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today

Buying Rate 780 Selling Rate 785

The local currency opened at N785.00 per $1 at the parallel market otherwise known as the black market today Sunday, November 27, 2022.

Even though the dollar to naira opened in the parallel market at ₦785 per $1 today, JomogNews Nigeria reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognise the parallel market, otherwise known as the black market.

The apex bank has therefore directed anyone who requires forex to approach their bank, insisting that the I&E window is the only known exchange.

JomogNews Nigeria reports that on the black market, the players buy a dollar for N780 and sell for N785 on Sunday morning, November 27, 2022, after they bought N780 and sold for N785 on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Meanwhile, JomogNews Nigeria reports that the USD started this week at ₦785 in Parallel Market also known as Black Market on Monday, 21 November 2022, in Lagos Nigeria, after it opened at ₦720 last week Monday, November 14, 2022.

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New Naira: CBN, EFCC To Track Large Withdrawals – Emefiele

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, says the apex bank will make it difficult for large cash withdrawals at banks as well as collaborate with law enforcement agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to track such heavy withdrawals.

This was made known by Emefiele at a press briefing after the unveiling of the new Naira notes by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.

Emefiele said the promotion of the cashless policy initiative was the reason for the reissue of these notes, noting that the CBN will insist on the implementation of the policy nationwide as the country moves towards a cashless economy.

To complicate huge cash withdrawals: Emefiele, at the briefing, said that the amount of money that can be withdrawn from the counter would be reduced drastically, adding that bulk withdrawals would require several procedures and security checks to track use.

He said, “There is no economy imbued with the thinking that it has to be a cash economy; the world has moved from predominantly cash to a cashless economy. And I think Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria are prepared to move towards a cashless economy. And that is why following the redesign and issuance of this note, we will insist that cashless will be nationwide.

“We will restrict the volume of cash that people can withdraw over the counter. If you need to draw large volumes of cash, you will fill out uncountable forms; we will take your data, whether it’s your BVN or NIN so that our law enforcement agencies like EFCC and ICPC can follow you and be sure that you are taking that money for a good purpose.”

Control of money supply: The CBN boss noted that among other reasons, the redesigned notes would ensure that the apex bank has ample control over the amount of money in circulation.

He also pointed out that the redesign of the naira is not targeted at anyone while noting that the past attempts to redesign the naira notes were resisted.

He added, “The Central Bank of Nigeria, by law, has the mandate to reissue and redesign currency for the country, and for Nigerian people, every five to eight years. And I want to hope that after the event of today, the Central Bank of Nigeria can take it as part of its programmes to see that the currencies are designed or reissued every five to eight years.

“It is mainly because the central bank should be able to control the size of currency in circulation fully. That is the actual mandate of the Central Bank of Nigeria because it has implications for monetary policy management in the country.

“There is no need for anybody to think this program is targeted at anyone. Like you heard the president, he said, this discussion to redesign and reissue currency started early in the year.”

For catchup: Recall on October 26, the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, while announcing the planned redesign of the high denomination naira notes by December 15, 2022, said that the initiative will aid security agencies in tackling illicit financial flow among other benefits.

According to the CBN, the existing notes would cease to be regarded as legal tender by January 31, 2023.

Emefiele said there was significant hoarding of naira notes by members of the public, with statistics showing that over 80% of the currency in circulation was outside the vaults of the commercial banks.

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Just In: BUHARI UNVEILS NEW NAIRA NOTES AT FEC

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JomogNews Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has just unveiled the new naira notes.

Buhari unveiled the new currency notes on Wednesday morning before the federal executive council (FEC) meeting at the state house, Abuja.

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was in attendance during the unveiling ceremony.

Meanwhile, at a briefing after the ceremony before the Federal executive council meeting, the CBN governor debunked insinuations that the early unveiling of new notes is a means to target any Nigerian.

Mr Emefiele appealed to members of the public that there is no need to perpetuate any such information.

According to him, the CBN will intensify the monitoring process and interrogate the process of withdrawals.

He maintained that there will be heavy restriction on the volume of cash that people can withdraw over the counter, as it works with the EFCC to monitor the purpose of any heavy transactions.

The redesigned currency note he asserts can never be counterfeited, adding that to forestall such occurrence he states that the CBN redesign the notes after every five to eight years.

Following the unveiling of the new note which begins circulation today, the CBN governor announced that the CBN is now more determined to make Nigeria a cashless economy, as in other climes.

 

The redesigned 200, 500, 1,000 naira notes.

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