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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS NESG, HOST 25TH NIGERIAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT

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 As part of its continued commitment to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the promotion of sustainable growth and development of the Nigerian economy, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has partnered with The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) to host the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#25), its annual flagship event. The Silver Jubilee edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit is themed “Nigeria 2050: Shifting Gears” and scheduled to hold on 7 – 8 October 2019 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, would speak on “Gender Empowerment” at the plenary.

The Nigerian Economic Summit is the foremost credible platform for public-private dialogue which enables policy makers and influencers to deliberate on issues, proffer policy options with a view to a better understanding of our national economic policy direction and growth strategies. National leaders and policy influencers billed to attend the event include His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Hon. Minister for Finance, Budget & National Planning, Nigeria.

 

Other dignitaries are Senator Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan PhD, CON, President of the Senate; Right Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Mrs. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. The Chief Host of the event is Mr Asue Ighodalo, Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.

Panelists at the event include Alhaji Aliko Dangote President/CEO Dangote Group; Mr Godwin Emefiele Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria; Bishop Matthew Kukah, Founder, The Kukah Centre; His Excellency Dr Kayode Fayemi, Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum; HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II, The Emir of Kano; Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Hon. Mrs Hannatu Mohammed, Board Member, ICPC; Mr. Chidi Ajaere, CEO, GIG Group; Mrs Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria and Mr Mauricio Alarcon, MD/CEO, Nestle Nigeria Plc .

 

The event is billed to comprise plenary sessions, exhibitions, design workshops, dinner and the anniversary lecture as well as the presentation of awards and prizes to winners of the NES #25 essay competition and start-up pitching event.

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About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading banking services solutions provider in Nigeria for 125 years. With over 16 million customer accounts, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services with over 33,000 business locations. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

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FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect

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Heritage Bank boosts economic growth, empowers young entrepreneurs

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L-R: Dike Dimiri - Executive Director, Lagos & South West Region, Heritage Bank; Boladele Dipo-Thomas, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Lagos State; Mide Akinlaja, Executive Producer, Next Titan and Afolashade Alonge, Divisional Head, Corporate and Specialized Banking, during the selection of 16 contenders for the Season-6 of the entrepreneurial reality TV show lead sponsored by Heritage Bank Plc in Lagos, recently

As part of drive to contribute to the growth of economic drive, Heritage Bank Plc has continued to support The Next Titan Season-six; in ensuring that the entrepreneurial targets of the Nigerian youths are attained.

The Next Titan entrepreneurial reality TV show sponsored annually by the Heritage Bank Plc has unveiled the top 16 contenders for the season-6 of the competition.

The 16 lucky candidates were selected from among 50 contestants who made it to the Bootcamp after the auditions that saw thousands of Nigerian young entrepreneurs jostle for selection at the audition centres in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Abuja.

The contest is out for the N7 million cash prize staked for grab by the chief sponsor, Heritage Bank, and a brand new Ford car donated by Coscharis Ford Motors.

The cash prize has been increased to N7million from N5million in the last five seasons.

Having emerged top 16 contenders, the entrepreneurs will proceed to the Next Titan House where they will be involved in a-10 week entrepreneurial and social service tasks including trainings and mentorship under the guidance and supervision of astute business leaders who serve as judges.

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Speaking at the Premiere Night in Lagos on Sunday, where the top 16 were unveiled, the Regional Executive, Lagos and South West, Heritage Bank, Dimiri Dike, said the programme was one of the ways the bank drives social and economic change as a responsible corporate citizen.

Dike said: “On the economic level, you know that entrepreneurship drives employment, it drives social change, so we are really doing it for both social and economic change. And also, time it was in the past when a lot of people entered entrepreneurship without proper training. This platform, the Next Titan, offers you a very good beginning.

“Some of the advantages and benefits that entrepreneurs in the past never had are what these ones are enjoying. So this is an opportunity for them to be schooled and at least stand the fighting chance from the perspective of knowledge and experience of those that had gone before them to succeed”.

Advising the top 16 contenders, Dike said: “First, be yourself, you have to be humble. The fact that you made it to the top 16 doesn’t mean you are better than those who didn’t get here.  It could have been just one thing or another.  So, if you now go and be thinking that you have now arrived, that lack of humility could be your undoing.

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“And more importantly, enjoy the experience because even after you have won; it is the memories of your journey to victory that will keep you going, long after you have become a successful entrepreneur”.

Giving insights into some changes in the programme, the Executive Producer, Next Titan, Mide-Kunle Akinlaja, said: “One, the prize has changed from N5million to N7million. Then two,  we are improving in all areas, content-wise, trying to make the show more entertaining and at the same time not allowing the entertainment to water down the essence of the show, which is entrepreneurship. So, generally, we keep improving”.

The winner of the show will be announced in December at the Grand Finale in Lagos.

 

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Sagamites Club Announce Business Support Initiative  

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A private socio-economic club in Ogun-state, known as The Sagamites Club, has announced the launch of its annual leadership conference and business support initiative for local businesses in and around, Sagamu, Remo, Ogun state.

This prestigious club made up of business executives from across various sectors of the economy have taken it upon themselves to enrich their community and commercially empower its citizens.

 

At the press conference announcing this initiative yesterday were Seni Adetu, President of the Club, supported by Col. Duro Oyebanjo (rtd), Engineer Funbi Dawodu, Mr. Dimeji Oresanya and Prince Timothy Oke-owo, among other members. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Adetu mentioned that the main empowerment conference will hold on Sunday 27th October and will involve mentorship sessions for youth in the environment. Notable among business leaders in the private and public sectors that have been invited to share their career experiences at the event are Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor University of Lagos, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, Secretary to the government of Ogun State, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya Managing Director/CEO, Airtel Nigeria Plc and Mr. Fatai Folarin CEO Deloitte Nigeria & West Africa.

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Furthermore, Mr. Adetu disclosed that on the 27th October, the club would announce the award of its business support funds to 10 most qualified would-be-entrepreneurs, who will be selected based on merit and business proposition.

Mr. Adetu said “it is a privilege to support the less-privileged; we are inspired by the fact that we are positioned to be of help in changing the narrative of our community youth, from the lamentation of unemployment and perceived laziness, 419ners and drugs-consuming youth, to that of powerfully and gainfully employed young adults”.

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It will be recalled that the Sagamites club was founded in 1972 and has since then been a major force for good in the Remo community and indeed Ogun State.

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Nigerians To Suffer Connectivity Challenges As Airtel Set To Disconnect Glomobile From Networks

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Glomobile subscribers will not be able to connect with their Airtel counterpart after a 10-day ultimatum.

This is according to information by the Airtel Networks Limited (Airtel).

However, during the period they will be able to recieve calls from the network.

Airtel took this decision having been granted permission for a partial disconnection of Glomobile by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as a result of non-settlement of interconnect charges.

According to reliable information avilable to www.theoctopusnews.com, Glomobile was notified of the intending plan to disconnect without any positive action.

A telecom industry sources who spoke with us on condition of annonimity said Glomobile appear not to care about its connectivity with Airtel Networks Limited and Airtel subscribers, as they have not done anything positive about the situation.

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“They were notified of the application by Airtel and were given the opportunity to comment and state their case. The commission having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that the affected operator does not have sufficient reason for non-payment of interconnect charges,” the source said.

A notice by Airtel to Glomobile subscribers read:

All subscribers are therefore requested to TAKE NOTICE that:

  1. The Commission has approved the Partial Disconnection of Glomobile by Airtel in accordance with Section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators.
  2. At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Glomobile will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel, but will be able to RECEIVE CALLS.
  3. The Partial Disconnection however, will allow in-bound calls to the Glomobile network.
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“Please note that this disconnection will subsist until otherwise determined by the Commission,” the notice read.

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