Picture: L-R: Ms Adekemi Ajayi, Group Chief Financial Officer; Mr Adewale Raji, GMD/CEO; Dr Segun Aina, Chairman OICL; Mrs Abiola Ajayi, Company Secretary/Head of Legal and Mr Olugbolahan Mark – George, Group Chief Investment and Business Development Officer at the 38th AGM of OICL held at the Group Headquarter.

By Benson Michael

The Odu’a Investment Company Limited has declared N890 million profit before tax for the year ended 2019.

This was disclosed at its 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 7 October, 2020 in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The company also declared N320 million dividends payable for the 2019 financial year and N1.53 billion cumulative dividend paid since 2015.

The company also rolled out ambitious 5-year Strategic Plan 2021-2025 aimed at enhancing the legacy for future generations

The AGM approved, among other resolutions, the group and holding company consolidated financial statements for the financial year ended 31st December, 2019 as well as the payment of cash dividend of N320 million to its shareholders.

The company, as part of its Corporate Governance reforms also got shareholders approval for the appointment of 2 each Independent Directors and Group Executive Directors to strengthen the Board which now has 11 members.

The Chairman, Dr Segun Aina, stated that “2019 profit before tax of N889.71 million was 5% higher compared with 2018 profit before tax figure of N849.34 million. The prudency of Management and its budget monitoring processes coupled with increased efficiency and productivity reduced operating costs and boosted profitability of the company in the year under review.”

He assured shareholders that with the new vision to be a world class conglomerate and the ambitious financial targets, the board remained positive about the company’s future and would continue to work closely with the management and provide the needed oversight, guidance and strategic direction’.

The company’s Group Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Adewale Raji stated that despite the global and domestic economic challenges during the financial year that affected its revenue trajectory, the company managed to increase its profit before tax by 5% compared to 2018.

He assured shareholders of better performance in ensuing years as the new board and the management team had at a recent strategy retreat mapped out a new course to deliver on an audacious 5-year growth plan.

“This entails consolidating on existing businesses and diversifying into high growth and profitable sectors of the economy to realize our strategic objectives of creating value for our shareholders and delivering social impact to the South West States,” he said.

The GMD spoke on some of the company’s new foray into the oil and gas upstream sector and Agriculture with processing component.

This include the Group’s mechanized farm at Imeko, Ogun State where 1,200 hectares of cassava is currently under cultivation with a technical partner that will feed into two 50ton/day modular processing plants for the conversion of cassava tubers into High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) and High Quality Cassava Starch (HQCS).

“There are also renewed organic growth efforts at our Wemabod Limited (Real Estate) and Glanvill Enthoven Insurance Brokers & Pensions Consultants Ltd (Insurance Brokerage),” he said.

He emphasized on the Group’s commitment to Agricultural transformation to address food security, export earnings, job creation, accelerating industrialization and lifting rural economy.

The Group had recently incorporated South West Agriculture Company Limited (SWAgCo) to mid-wife the agriculture transformation of the South West strictly on sound private sector principles and strategic partnerships.

“This Agric investment company has already identified focused food crops, cash crops, livestock and agriculture processing that will guide its investment decisions. SWAgCo will spin-off SPVs that will bring about profitable economic growth and social impact of job creation and lifting the rural economy of their locations,” he added.