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FIDELITY BANK APPOINTS ISA INUWA AS INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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The Board of Directors of Fidelity Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Alhaji Isa Mohammed Inuwa as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank and has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) of the appointment, which has been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and took effect from January 22, 2020.

Alhaji Inuwa joins the versatile Board of Fidelity Bank that is chaired by Mr. Ernest Ebi, a former Deputy Governor of the CBN, and comes with a wealth of multi-industry experience spanning over 35 years in the banking and oil and gas industries.  He statutorily retired in June 2019 as Chief Operating Officer/Group Executive Director, Corporate Services at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), where he worked for over a decade.

While at NNPC he was seconded to Nigerian Liquefied and Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) in 2016 as Deputy Managing Director. As the DMD of NLNG, he served on the board of NLNG and NLNG subsidiaries including Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGTL) and NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML). He was at various times a Member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB), the Petroleum Training Institute, Chairman of Nigerian Pipelines and Products Storage Company Limited (NPSC) and Alternate Chairman of NNPC LNG Limited, amongst others.

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In the financial services industry, his experience spans Commercial Banking, Merchant Banking and Development Finance, with requisite knowledge and experience in retail and commercial banking, operations, international trade finance, agricultural finance, treasury and corporate banking. He started out as a banker with Union Bank of Nigeria Plc where he did his mandatory youth service programme and worked at the defunct Bank for Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) and International Merchant Bank (IMB). Inuwa rose to the pinnacle of the banking profession with his appointment as Managing Director, Intercity Bank Plc, in 1991.

Upon leaving Intercity Bank, he worked briefly as a self-employed financial consultant, providing research and advisory services in project finance, process re-engineering, strategy development and public policy impact analysis, before being appointed through a formal selection process, as Executive Director, Operations, Bank of Agriculture (BoA) in 2005.

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Alhaji Isa Inuwa has an active community and public service life. He was a member of the Presidential Committee on the management of the Excess Crude Account and a Member of the Bureau of Public Enterprises Committee on Reconciliation of Public Sector Debt.

Born in Kano, Inuwa was educated at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Stirling University, Scotland where he obtained BSc Accounting and MSc Accounting & Finance degrees respectively.  Married with children and a grandchild, he has attended several courses and executive management programmes at Wharton, Oxford University, Euromoney, INSEAD, IMD and other high profile global institutions.

“We could not have made a better choice in Inuwa, given his pedigree and experience, a significant portion of which was in executive and strategic roles covering management, finance, strategy, corporate services, compliance, audit and Information Technology. We look forward to his contributions even as we remain focused on the pursuit of our strategic growth plans.” said Mr. Ebi.

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Jumia Implements “Contactless” Delivery And “Cashless” Payments In Response To The COVID-19 In Africa 

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The delivery and payment methods of the e-commerce platform ensures safer transactions for riders and consumers

 

Lagos (Nigeria), 31st March 2020: Africa’s leading eCommerce platform Jumia has announced the implementation of ‘contactless’ delivery for prepaid packages on the platform. The company is taking additional measures to keep consumers, delivery agents and partners safe in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

To drive the initiative, the ‘contactless safe delivery’ option has been implemented on JumiaPay, the payment platform. This enables consumers to make prepaid payments for products online and get it delivered without a direct body contact or cash exchange with the delivery agent.

 

 “The health and safety of our customers and delivery agents is our absolute priority. We are uniquely positioned to step up and be part of Africa’s response strategy in this challenging time. We have implemented a “Contactless” delivery option, which eliminates any possibility of physical contact. Convenience, social distancing and cashless measures are woven into one solution to combat the current situation.”  said Apoorva Kumar, SVP Logistics at Jumia.

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Jumia’s delivery agents have been trained to enforce necessary standards during delivery. They are instructed to call or text when they arrive at the customer’s place and drop off the package at their doorstep, then step back to the safe distance limit and will wait for the customer to take the package before leaving.

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Consumers are strongly encouraged to pay “cashless” on Jumia through JumiaPay. This will ensure less physical cash coming into contact with delivery riders and  the wider population and will in turn help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

 

Jumia “Contactless” delivery payment option is available on all JumiaPay/ Prepaid Packages and all cashless delivery modes that are contactless such as mobile money.

 

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Jumia is a leading e-commerce platform in Africa. It is built around a marketplace, Jumia Logistics, and JumiaPay. The marketplace helps millions o

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Union Bank Ramps Up Support for the Fight Against COVID-19 in Nigeria  

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 Union Bank today announced additional donations totalling Three Hundred Million Naira (N300million)as part of its multi-pronged approach to tackle the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

 

As part of the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, Union Bank has contributed Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N250million) into the fund set up by the coalition to raise N120bn (One Hundred and Twenty Billion Naira) to fight the outbreak in Nigeria.

 

In addition, the Bank also made a further donation of Fifty Million Naira (N50million) to the Lagos State Covid-19: Emergency Food Response programme which was set up to support low-income families who will be directly impacted by the state-wide restrictions in place to limit the spread of the disease. Lagos State currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

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Commenting on the Bank’s active efforts to tackle COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa, said:

“The fight against Covid-19 requires all hands-on deck with close collaboration between the public and private sector. Union Bank is committed to supporting Nigeria’s response to ensure the country avoids a pandemic. We will especially be looking to support ordinary Nigerians who will be disproportionately impacted economically at this time.”

Last week, as part of its immediate response to the outbreak, the Bank made an initial donation of N50,000,000 ($130,000) into a $500,000 fund set up by 54gene, African genomics research, services and development company working closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to fight the COVID-19 menace.

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Prudential Zenith Life protecting its customers during the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic

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In the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown, Prudential Zenith Life Insurance is rolling out a range of services to help customers cope with the lockdown.

The new services include a range of additional COVID-19 insurance cover enhancements, without additional premium charges, and a waiver for ‘pandemic’ exclusions as contained in its policy language.

In line with the recent pronouncement of the federal government, the company will be temporarily locked down and has therefore set up a dedicated claims team with remote working capabilities, to enable customers make and receive claims virtually.

According to the statement from the insurance company, the claims procedure will be simplified to allow customers make claims through the WhatsApp channel.

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This development makes it possible for customers to buy insurance products without any physical interface with sales personnel or visit to a physical branch.

Commenting on the changes, Prudential Africa CEO Matt Lilley said, “we realise this is a worrying time for everyone and we want to reassure you that protecting the health and wellness of our customers, employees and partners is our primary concern.

“At Prudential, we have been delivering promises for over 170 years and this time will be no different. I am proud of the measures we are announcing today and I know that they will provide our customers additional peace of mind.”

He added that the waiting periods for new cover have been reduced, and the company is providing additional training and incentives to sales personnel to continue providing advice and access to insurance, even as they work remotely.

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He encouraged Nigerians to stay safe and adhere to the directives from the Ministry of health, Nigerian centre for disease control (NCDC) and other relevant authorities.

“We are going to get through these trying times together” he assured.

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Prudential Zenith Life Insurance was born when Prudential Plc, one of the oldest and most strongly capitalized life insurance companies in the world, acquired a majority stake in Zenith Life Assurance.

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