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Pensions Alliance Limited Reinforces Confidence in Scheme with “Retire with a Smile” Campaign

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  • Showcases threefold pension benefits to Nigerians

L-R Director, Pal Pensions, Fola Laoye; MD/CEO, Pal Pensions, Morohunke Bammeke and Director, Pal Pensions, Funmi Omo during the Pal Pensions media campaign tagged Retire With a Smile in Lagos.

In line with its resolve to inspire confidence and promote a financially secure future among Nigerians, PAL Pensions has unveiled a new campaign tagged ‘Retire with a Smile’ to encourage more individuals to save towards retirement. The campaign was launched on the 6th of February, 2018 at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki. Internet sensation, Nosa Afolabi popularly known as Lasisielenu was in attendance to show his support and join in the drive to encourage pensions savings.

The campaign also saw the launch of a new TV Commercial which was warmly accepted as it sparked up positive conversations among media correspondents on the giant stride embarked on by PAL Pensions. The TV Commercial shows an exciting musical that depicts PAL Pensions’ clients smiling from their active working days to old age. It is expected to run on major TV stations and digital platforms across the country.

Addressing the media during the unveiling of the campaign, Managing Director, Pal Pensions, Morohunke Bammeke, reiterated that the mission of the organization is to secure and deliver retirement benefits with ease. ‘‘Our vision is to be the leading Pension Fund Administrator in Nigeria creating value. At Pal Pensions, we are constantly focused on creating value and delivering superior customer service to our clients. We are driven by the passion to be the leader in attracting new clients and retaining old ones. For us, it is crucial that every time our clients interact with us, they can be assured of the highest quality of service delivery. The Pal Pensions brand exudes empathy, warmth, partnership and integrity. “We are driven by the passion to make things easier for our clients’’.

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Similarly, the Head, Brand Management & Corporate Communications PAL Pensions, Mrs. Sunmisola Mark-Okoma stated that ‘‘At the core of this campaign is the need to encourage the younger demography to secure their future by adopting a retirement savings plan. We also emphasize on the importance of the Contributory Pensions Scheme. According to a 2017 report by the National Bureau of Statistics, only 10.93 percent of Nigeria’s total working population have retirement savings accounts! This implies that more than 89 percent of Nigeria’s workforce do not have retirement savings accounts. With the campaign launch, we want to underscore the need to choose a credible, customer-focused Pensions Fund Administrator, that would ensure the security and growth of their retirement savings. Our desire is to assure Nigerians that PAL Pensions delivers pensions services and retirement benefits with a smile.”
Furthermore, Sunmisola also enumerated some packages open to existing and new customers. ‘‘PAL Pensions is a company that offers performance, service and trust to its teeming customers. We are committed to providing seamless internal and external synergy to achieve quality services, safe investments and capital growth. Our customers can enjoy the triple benefits of the ‘Retire with a Smile’ campaign. Retire with a Smile, anchored on our capacity to deliver our promise at the maturation of the pension scheme; Service with a Smile, speaks volumes about our excellent customer service models and Deliver with a Smile, is an internal mechanism ensuring that people who register with PAL Pensions can smile at every interaction with the brand. “Our customers are also guaranteed access to 25% of their funds before attaining age 50, in the event that they are out of job for a minimum of 4 months’’, she added.
There was also a demonstration of PAL Pensions’ App at the event as guests were taught how to navigate the app, highlighting the benefits of the app and the simplicity of the user interface. Head, ICT, Oladimeji Kazeem stated that “We are aware that in this digital age, everyone wants to get a product/service on-the-go, thus the PAL Pensions app provides you with all the necessary information needed at your convenience wherever you are”. Customers can easily access their retirement savings account and obtain updates on happenings in the Pensions Industry by downloading the app from the Google PlayStore.

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Pensions Alliance Limited is a joint venture between First Securities Discount House Limited (FSDH) (now known as FSDH Merchant Bank) and African Alliance Insurance Company Limited. They are a licensed pension fund administrator with over 10 years of professional experience in Pension Funds Administration. PAL Pensions was incorporated in April 14, 2005 to manage and administer retirement savings contributions of employees in Nigeria in line with the Pension Reform Act of 2004.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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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