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Unity Bank Holds 10th Edition of Corpreneurship Challenge; Agropreneurs, Others Win N10M Business Grant

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Unity Bank Plc has extended N10 million business grant to 30 members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, who took part in the 10th edition of the Bank’s flagship Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, known as Corpreneurship Challenge.

The winners, including upcoming entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions in several business value chains such as Honey production, Rice, and Snail farming, among others, claimed top positions after participating in a business pitch that took place across 10 state NYSC Orientation Camps – Katsina, Kano, Kwara, Imo, Rivers, Delta, Sokoto, Edo, Akwa-Ibom, and Osun recently.

At the NYSC Orientation camp at Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai, Akwa Ibom State, Azegba Chimuanya Perpetual, who pitched business on honey production emerged as the overall winner to clinch the N500,000 grand prize; while Iyorwa Kater Israel, a budding commercial rice farmer won N300,000 grant. Similarly, Egelonu Emmanuel Friday walked away with a N200,000 grant to support his Snail farming business.

In the remaining nine states, no fewer than twenty-seven other winners also emerged, after pitching business plans across various economic segments including Fish production, Poultry farming, Fashion, Soap and Cake making, Printing, Piggery, Beverage making, etc.

The Unity Bank Corpreneurship Challenge, which has proved its invaluable social benefit as an entrepreneurship development and job creation platform since its inception receives applications from thousands of serving NYSC Corp members. These business plans are then evaluated based on their originality, marketability, future employability potential of the product, and knowledge of the business.

Speaking during the grand finale in Akwa Ibom State, Unity Bank’s Head of Retail and SME Banking Group, Dr. Opeyemi Ojesina said the Unity Bank Corpreneurship Challenge has earned its pride of place in Nigeria as one of the country’s foremost business incubation platform and entrepreneurship development.

He said, “Unity Bank has sustained this Corpreneurship Challenge for the past five years, and throughout the period we have witnessed the tremendous impact it has had on youth empowerment and job creation in the country. And I believe that the innovative approach to entrepreneurship which the programme has adopted has enabled us to seamlessly integrate financial support, mentorship, and skill development to foster the growth of aspiring entrepreneurs.”

He added, “At its core, the initiative addresses the unique challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises, as they recognize the sector as the backbone of economic development. And Unity Bank’s commitment to financial inclusion is exemplified through tailored financial solutions that empower corp members to actualize their business dreams.”

Ojesina further explained that “the mentorship provided to participants adds unparalleled value, as it connects corp members with seasoned professionals who provide insights, guidance, and a roadmap for success,” emphasizing how Unity Bank recognizes that true empowerment extends beyond financial assistance to honing entrepreneurial skills”.

The Corpreneurship Challenge has earned the Bank national recognition for its impact on youth empowerment and job creation, just as the scheme continues to elicit growing interest among the corps members, attracting over 2000 applicants and participation in every edition.

In partnership with the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, the initiative prominently features a business pitch presentation that provides the participants with the opportunity to present their business plans and stand a chance to win up to N500,000 cash in the business grant.

So far, Unity Bank has invested over N100 million in the initiative which has now produced 148 winners since it was launched.

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Naira Vs USD: CBN To Ban Street Trading, Mulls Fresh Guidelines For BDCs

“A Tier 1 BDC is authorized to operate on a national basis, can open branches, and may appoint franchisees, subject to the approval of the CBN.

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Amid the continued fluctuation of the Naira against the US dollar in the foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria says it is considering stopping street trading, among other fresh guidelines, to Bureau De Change Operators in Nigeria.

The apex bank disclosed this Friday in its draft Revised Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines for Bureau De Change Operations in Nigeria.

CBN plans to fix the minimum per capital share for Tier 1 and 2 BDC licenses to N2 billion and N500,000 million, respectively. This is a move away from the previously N35 million per capital share for general license.

“A Tier 1 BDC is authorized to operate on a national basis, can open branches, and may appoint franchisees, subject to the approval of the CBN.

A Tier 1 BDC (which is the franchisor) shall exercise supervisory oversight over its franchisees. All franchisees shall adopt their franchisor’s name, branding, technology platform, and rendition requirements.

A Tier 2 BDC is authorized to operate only in one state or the FCT. It may have up to three locations – a head office and two branches, subject to approval of the CBN. It is not permitted to appoint franchisees.”

The development comes amid a clampdown on illegal BDCs in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Ibadan Oyo States by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to stabilize the Naira against USD.

At the close of work on Friday, the Naira depreciated N1,665.50 per US dollar from N1571.31 on Thursday at the FMDQ market. Meanwhile, in the parallel market.

The Naira traded for N1,750 to N1,800 per USD on Friday compared to N1,680.00 on Thursday.

CBN had unveiled several FX interventions in the past months but the country’s foreign exchange crisis has, however, persisted.

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Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 19th February 2024

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Tracker, 19th February 2024 in Nigeria can be accessed below.

JomogNews Nigeria has obtained the official Naira black market exchange rate in Nigeria today including the Black Market rates, Bureau De Change (BDC), and CBN rates. Please note that the exchange rate is subject to hourly fluctuations influenced by the supply and demand of dollars in the market.

As of now, you can purchase 1 dollar at ₦1,710 and sell it at ₦1,715 however, it’s important to keep in mind that the rate can shift (either upwards or downwards) within hours.

See the black market Dollar to Naira exchange rate for 19th February below.

You can swap your dollar for Naira at these rates.

How much is a dollar to naira today in the black market?

Dollar to naira exchange rate today black market (Aboki dollar rate):

The exchange rate for a dollar to naira at Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market) players buy a dollar for N1705 and sell at N1710 on Monday 19th February 2024, according to sources at Bureau De Change (BDC).

Please note that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognize the parallel market (black market), as it has directed individuals who want to engage in Forex to approach their respective banks.

Dollar to Naira Black Market Rate Today

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today
Buying Rate N1710
Selling Rate N1,715

Dollar to Naira CBN Rate Today

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) CBN Rate Today
Buying Rate N1,605
Selling Rate N1,607

Please note that the rates you buy or sell forex may be different from what is captured in this article because prices vary.

The Federal Government has stepped up talks with the Kingdom of Morocco to expedite the process of reaching the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.

The pipeline would pass through the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, and end in Morocco with a spur to Spain, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) Olufemi Soneye.

JomogNews Nigeria reports that on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the NNPC Ltd.’s Executive Vice President, Gas, Power & New Energy, Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye, and Mme Amina Benkhadra, Director General of the Morocco National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), served as the discussion’s anchors. The meeting was between the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, and the Moroccan Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali.

The discussions centered on ways to advance the collaboration between the two nations in order to expedite the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project following the several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) that were inked in Abuja in 2022.

In order to achieve the goal of reducing energy poverty on the continent, the stakeholders emphasized the project’s strategic significance for their respective nations as well as for all of Africa. They also emphasized the urgency with which the project must be completed.

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Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 16th February 2024

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What is the Dollar to Naira Exchange rate at the black market also known as the parallel market (Aboki fx)?

See the black market Dollar to Naira exchange rate for 15th February, below. You can swap your dollar for Naira at these rates.

How much is a dollar to naira today in the black market?

Dollar to naira exchange rate today black market (Aboki dollar rate):

The exchange rate for a dollar to naira at Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market) players buy a dollar for N1555 and sell at N1565 on Thursday 15th February 2024, according to sources at Bureau De Change (BDC).

Please note that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognize the parallel market (black market), as it has directed individuals who want to engage in Forex to approach their respective banks.

Dollar to Naira Black Market Rate Today

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today
Buying Rate N1555
Selling Rate N1565

Dollar to Naira CBN Rate Today

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) CBN Rate Today
Buying Rate 1516
Selling Rate 1517

Please note that the rates you buy or sell forex may be different from what is captured in this article because prices vary.

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