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GOING CASHLESS THIS SUMMER WITH FIRSTBANK TRAVEL KITS

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Having worked round the clock since the beginning of the year, it is ideal to take out time to relax and rejuvenate. Well, you do not need to wait until the end of the year to unwind as summer is already beckoning on discerning holiday makers to seek refuge in top travel destinations across the world.

If you have not jetted out yet due to the stress of traveling, especially the trouble of settling your travel bills, tickets and sundries, you can now do so and seamlessly too with the FirstBank Visa Multicurrency card, which allows you to go full cashless this summer in anywhere in the world.

The Visa Multi Currency Card, introduced by First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial services provider, is an all-in one-card and first of its kind to be offered by any financial institution in the country. Most importantly, it can be linked to all of the four major currencies namely: NAIRA, USD, EURO and GBP accounts.

Beyond the international passport, the card is handy for the Nigerian business traveller and holiday makers, especially this summer period, which comes with lots of expenditures on airfares, hotel accommodations, tour bookings, shopping, theatre/concert tickets among others.

The card holders enjoy many benefits including; Point of Sale and online purchases, access to and use of ATMs worldwide, as well, there is no cash collateral requirement prior to its issuance. As expected, FirstBank is delighted in the innovative card, which offers seamless transactions to users, especially holiday makers frolicking in top destinations across the world this summer.

Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Product, First Bank, sees the card as a milestone in the bank’s innovation, saying that, “FirstBank takes pride in pioneering the Visa Multi Currency Card in the country, as we remain committed to providing products and services that are designed to ensure the banking convenience of our customers regardless of their location.” For Ezirim, the card is designed to make traveling fun for the Bank’s customers and to ensure they have a seamless transaction experience during their vacation, tourism and other business-related trips around the globe. Having tested the card himself, he enjoined the Bank’s customers traveling abroad for summer to walk into any FirstBank branch for their Visa Multi Currency Card.

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While abroad, the bank’s customers can enjoy improved daily withdrawal limits of $1,000 on ATM, $2,500 on POS and $6,250 on web-based transactions. At home, they can withdraw as much as N150 on ATM, N500,000 and N2, 500,000 (from savings and current accounts respectively) on POS – N500,000, and N1,000,000 on web transactions locally.

 

Also customers who use the Bank’s Naira Master Card (NMC) have no need for BTA/PTA and stand to enjoy seamless transactions this summer with $5000 monthly spending limit and $300 daily ATM cash withdrawal limit.

The seamless experience continues with the Visa Gold Card, which offer higher daily spending limit on ATM ($1,000), POS ($10,000) and WEB ($5,000) anywhere in the world.

To ensure seamless transaction while on holiday this summer, the Bank urged customers to change their PIN before travelling out of the country to avoid transaction failures/invalid card.

However, the Bank assures its customers of safety with additional protection for web based transactions with “Verified by Visa” (VbV) and Chip & PIN technology with a lifespan of 3 years. With safety, the Bank is consolidating on its huge strength, which it assures the customers should rely on to further do business with it, including transactions outside the country as it watches their back with card security features.

Presently, FirstBank is the first financial institution in Nigeria to issue a whopping 10 million cards to customers across the country, and now among two other African banks to achieve the milestone. The 10 million cards issuance follows other feats such as the first financial institution in the country to achieve sustained alternative channels transaction volumes of 100 million transactions in December 2015 and May 2016.

The most excited in all the achievements is Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited. For him, delivering the Visa Multi-Currency Card feat at this time is a testament to the bank’s drive in delivering to its brand promise of putting customers first and continuously improving its business to serve them better. “One of the ways by which we were able to sustain this winning edge is the use of our instant issuance/instant activation technology, which we pioneered about 10 years ago. We have also consistently maintained the highest active card ratio in the industry.

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“This feat also implies that our customers are becoming more technology savvy and we would continue to encourage this attitude with our commitment to world class service delivery. Therefore, we must work to ensure optimal performance and availability of all our channels such as ATM, FirstMobile among others to guard against customer dissatisfaction”, explained the FirstBank CEO.

However, the feats are being recognised from outside the bank and even by the industry regulators. FirstBank recently bagged a hattrick of awards at the Interswitch Connect Sales Dinner & Awards Night in Lagos recently. The awards are: Most improved Mobile Application, Highest Transacting Bank (across inter-switch’s solution) and Highest Number of Verve Transacting Cards (Unique Cards).

Speaking on the awards, Folasade Femi Lawal, the bank’s Head, Card Business, said the awards are indeed a reflection of the trust by Nigerians on the bank’s digital channels as it leaves no stone unturned at reinventing itself, products and services with a view to remain steadfast at being a frontrunner at promoting digitization of the industry.

With 125 years of experience in the banking industry, servicing over 15 million customer accounts, over 750 business locations and banking technologies that are well aligned to the fast paced technological advancement in modern day banking, FirstBank assures customers the best of service, security and experience even this summer.

 

Once again, the Bank urges customers traveling abroad for summer to walk into any FirstBank branch for their Visa Multi Currency Card for a seamless holiday experience anywhere in the world.

By Obinna Emelike (BusinessDay)

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Kwara Scholarship Board Rocked By N150m Alleged Bursary Fraud***EFCC Interrogate Chairperson

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has opened an investigation into an alleged fraud running into N 150m.

The alleged fraud was orchestrated by the management of Kwara State Scholarship Board.

Operatives of the EFCC have already interrogated officials of the board, including the Chairperson, Hajia Fatimoh Yusuf, Executive Secretary, Mr. Fatai Lamidi and the Board’s Accountant, Mr. Stephen Ajewole, among others.

A source within the board who spoke with www.theoctopusnews.com, in confidence revealed that the fraud was actually perpetrated between 2017 and 2018 when the Kwara State government released the said sum as bursary allowance for 10, 000 indigenes who were students in various tertiary institutions of the state.

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However, only 6, 000 students were paid bursary while 4, 000 students allegedly failed to benefit from the bursary.

The source revealed that the 4, 000 students who were not paid subsequently alleged that their money had been converted to personal use.

Our source revealed that the fraud was carefully orchestrated such that names of the recipient were provided, but they never got their allocation.

In the course of investigations, the students who sighted their names, matriculation numbers and signature became very angry, insisting that their signatures were forged.

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They claimed not to have been the original beneficiaries of the controversial bursary allowance despite their particulars on the scholarship board documents.

During interrogation, it was revealed only a handful of the students actually got paid, as opposed to the 10, 000 students reported to have been paid.

With the investigation ongoing, heads are expected to roll in the scholarship board, with management staffs expected to be persecuted if found guilty.

 

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FIRSTBANK AGRIC EXPO SET TO PROMOTE NEW AGRIBUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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tunThe 2019 edition – the third in the series –  is themed Agricultural Value Chain – Spotlighting Opportunities and Managing Risks” would have Professor Benedict Oramah, President of AFREXIM Bank as the Keynote Speaker.

 

The annual FirstBank Agric Expo, launched in 2017 provides the lead in national discourse on sustainable agriculture value-chain as a substantial source of Nigeria’s economic development, improved contribution to her balance of trade as well as foreign exchange. The 2019 edition would host over 600 delegates and over 60 exhibitors to display the latest technology in farm equipment, tools and machineries as well as packaged finished agricultural produce, logistics and supply, thereby keeping the participants and sundry agribusiness practitioners abreast with new opportunities in the Agricultural industry.

Besides the plenary session, the expo will feature three (3) Masterclasses with in-depth analysis on specific areas of Agribusiness, facilitated by enterprising Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). The Masterclass facilitators include Mr. Leonard Anyanwu, Group Executive Director, Saro International Limited; Mr Segun Ogunwale, Team Lead, Kominity Digital and Mr Bamidele Ayemibo Managing Director, 3T Impex Trade Centrewho will provide insight as well as share success stories and experiences.

 

Expressing his delight on FirstBank’s leading role at not just promoting Agriculture but diversifying the Nigerian economy, the CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan said ”in the last 125 years, more than any other financial institution, we have played a key role in financing different sectors of not just the Nigerian economy but other economies in sub-Saharan Africa. As Nigeria expands opportunities in its non-oil sector – especially Agriculture – we remain committed to the growth of the agricultural sector and its contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.”

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“Our consistency in convening the FirstBank Agric Expo, which is in its third consecutive edition, is a demonstration of our commitment to building the agribusiness economy which is capable of delivering sustained prosperity by meeting domestic food security goals, generating exports, supporting sustainable income and creating employment opportunities”, he concluded.

 

 

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 some 15 million customer accounts, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services with over 750 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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ZENITH BANK APPOINTS HENRY OROH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND DR. AL-MUJTABA ABUBAKAR INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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The Board of Directors of Zenith Bank Plc has approved the appointment of Mr. Henry Oroh as Executive Director of the bank. The appointment is consistent with the bank’s tradition and succession strategy of grooming leaders from within.

Also, the Board has approved the appointment of Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, FCA, as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Both appointments are effective September 1, 2019, and have been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Henry Oroh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Benin, Edo State and an MBA from the Lagos State University as well as an LLB Degree from the University of Lagos. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN), Nigeria.

He has over two decades of banking experience. He began his banking career in 1992 at Citibank where he served for seven (7) years in Operations, Treasury and Marketing.

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He joined Zenith Bank in February 1999 and has worked in various Groups and Departments within the Zenith Group Office. His expertise spans Operations, Information Technology, Treasury, Marketing, including the Manufacturing, Food and Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Gas, Public Sector, Consumer, as well as Corporate Banking and Business Development.

In April 2012, he was seconded to Zenith Bank Ghana Limited as an Executive Director and became the Managing Director/ Chief Executive in February 2016, where he successfully spearheaded the phenomenal growth of the Zenith Brand both within the Ghana market and the West African sub-region.

Henry has attended several Leadership Programmes and Executive Management Courses at the Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, New York, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, HEC Paris, JP Morgan Chase, UK, and the Lagos Business School.

He comes to the Board of Zenith Bank Plc with strong competencies in Credit & Marketing, Operations, Information Technology, Treasury and impressive Leadership skills.

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Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar is currently the Managing Director of Apt Pensions Funds Managers Limited.

He is a graduate of the Leeds Polytechnic, UK. He is a renowned Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

Dr. Abubakar has extensive and tremendous experience in the financial services industry, audit and consulting. He worked with the firm of Akintola Williams Deloitte between January 2000 and November 2008 and rose to become the Partner and Board Member of West Africa sub-region. Prior to this, he had served on the Board of several financial institutions in Nigeria.

He has attended several management and leadership training programmes and conferences both within and outside the country.

He brings to the Board of the bank tremendous track record in Risk Management, Credit & Marketing, Auditing, and very outstanding leadership skills.

 

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