The Lagos State Government has announced that a section of the Jibowu Crossing will be closed for thirty days from Wednesday, July 31 to Thursday, August 29, 2019, for the relocation of gas pipes situated close to the perimeter of the rail line. #LASG #ForAGreaterLagos
One of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, Zenith Bank Plc, has introduced a high interest-yielding target savings account named “SAVE4ME”, which enables customers plan and save towards their aspirations and needs conveniently.
The new product is designed to support flexible savings for predetermined purposes such as asset acquisition or even marriage, and offers a higher interest rate than a regular savings account. Customers can operate multiple “SAVE4ME” accounts for the different things they want to achieve at the same time.
Commenting on the new savings product, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu said “the bank is focused on providing its customers with premium financial solutions that meet their lifestyle needs and ‘SAVE4ME’ is just one in a plethora of retail banking offerings it would be introducing over the next few months.”
He further explained that the product is very important because Nigerians have a lot of aspirations, but most times these are truncated by the absence of a suitable savings plan that allows accumulating funds for their actualization.
Zenith Bank Plc is recognized as one of the most innovative financial institutions in Nigeria and was voted the most customer-focused bank in Nigeria for the Retail and SME segments in the 2018 KPMG Annual Banking Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey (BICSS). The bank’s commitment to world-class service standards has led to several product innovations over the last few weeks including the “Zenith Timeless Account”, which allows Nigerians aged 55 years and above bank for free and the “Dubai Visa Service” on the Zenith Bank internet banking platform, which allows convenient application and payment for visa to Dubai.
Interested persons can get more information about opening a “SAVE4ME” target savings account by engaging with the bank on social media or calling Zenith Direct on +234-1-2787000.
Toyin Lawani, a Nigerian fashion entrepreneur, says she demands for N2 million before making out time to go on dates with men who indicate an interest in her.
Lawani, 37, made this statement while discussing her “high taste” when it comes to relationships explaining that her demands help her save time that would have been wasted on broke guys.
“I said I was officially single. It doesn’t mean I’m officially stupid. My taste is extremely high. You must pay 2million naira to my account before I go on a date with you. So if you are ugly I can Japaaa quickly and won’t be upset with myself,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I left my work where I get my bread to make time for you. The time that I will use to get dressed and even do makeup is the same time that I will use to make money, run my many businesses, and attend to my amazing clients.
“Before, they used to say love is blind. Now love should choose wisely because men are very deceitful. You will date a guy who doesn’t give you money, you will support him and he will still mess you up.
“So it’s best you are comfortable while they do their cheating. Haven’t dated in a while, so it’s best I start putting what I want out there. I might be loud on social media because it’s a fun place but love to keep my relationship extremely private.”
Lawani, who has a company and fashion academy to her name, is born to Olanrewaju Lawani, a politician from Ekiti state who worked with Gowon during his days.
She began her career at 16 and has since built her career as a stylist
She has worked with numerous celebrities in the Nigerian entertainment industry to become one of the most sought-after professionals in her field.
The mother of two is unmarried.
One of the drivers of Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Mr. Adeniyi Olayinka has returned a sum of N888, 000 and an international passport forgotten by a passenger in his car to the passenger.
Olayinka told journalists at the airport that he discovered the items in an envelope left behind by the passenger on the back seat of the car shortly after he returned to the airport from Ibese Ikorodu destination of the passenger.
The driver who doesn’t have a car of his own, but works as a commissioned driver to another member of the association, said it never crossed his mind to covert another person’s belonging because it would put another family in sorrow and it is against the orientation given to every member of ACHAN in the airport.
“Though it could be tempting to some people to see such money and pocket it, especially when their income is very poor. As for me, it never crossed my mind to do so. Because it would create sorrow in another family and also such idea is against the orientation we are given at ACHAN by our leaders,” he said.
Explaining how he found the money and the passport, Adeniyi who has been operating in the airport for fifteen years said: “At about 1:30 am on Monday I met this passenger on arrival at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. I negotiated with him and we agreed at N6000 to transport him to his destination at Ikorodu.
“I returned to the airport immediately I dropped him at his house. But no sooner I arrived and parked my car at the airport I discovered that an envelope had been left behind on the back seat of my car. I picked the envelope and opened it. What I saw was his international passport.
“I looked further into the envelope and discovered there was another white envelope inside. I opened the second envelope only to discover that something was wrapped in it. When I removed the wrapper I discovered it contained mint fresh notes of US currency.
“They were in $100 denomination. I counted and they were 24 in number totaling $2,400. When converted at prevailing rate of N370 as at Monday morning, it amounted to N888, 000. Based on the orientation and instructions we received from the leadership of ACHAN on weekly basis, I reported the findings to the officer on duty at the arrival car park of the airport. I was instructed to drop the parcel and its contents at our secretariat at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
“Since I didn’t have the passenger’s phone contact, I had to go to his the place where I dropped him to inform him or his family member of the discovery. But by the time I got to the passenger’s home at Ibese – Ikorodu, I was told he had returned to the airport to look for the lost parcel. As I was leaving the house in Ikorodu, I got the call from our secretariat that the passenger was already in the airport to report the loss”.
Speaking on the recovery, the passenger, Engr. Dele Ayeni who said he was a living testimony to the advantages of taking cabs from registered point at airports believes there is hope for Nigeria in many ways.
“I arrived Lagos, Nigeria from Cairo on July 29, 2019 at about 1:30 am on Monday. My intention when I arrived was to call an Uber operator to pick me home as soon as step out of the terminal building. But as I was coming out of the terminal, I met this polite driver who agreed to take me to my destination at Ikorodu at an agreed price of N6000.
“While on the way, I decided to drop my jacket on the floor of the car to avoid been notice as a very important man sitting in the rear seat of the car. Immediately we got to my house in Ikorodu; I removed my jacket from where I had kept it and also my luggage, without noticing that the envelope in the jacket had dropped on the back seat of the car.
“Unfortunate enough, I didn’t open my luggage to bring out what I had for my family members until after I woke up in the noon. That was when I discovered that the envelope was missing in my jacket. I exclaimed. I said all my suffering during the trip has resulted to total loss. My wife began to calm me down. She advised that we should look around the compound to see if it dropped in the compound, but I said no that if it had dropped in the compound I would have seen it as I was bringing in my luggage.
“I insisted that it didn’t drop in the premises but in the cab. My wife then asked me of where I took the cab; I told her it was in the airport and she advised that I should go to the airport to inquire if it has been found. I told her I didn’t know the name of the driver or the vehicle number. However, with her encouragement, I came to the airport and went to the car park where I boarded the cab. Immediately I approached and complained to one of the drivers, who happened to be the duty officer for that shift.
“He asked me for my name and I told him. The next thing I noticed on his face was a broad smile; he then told me that the envelope was found in the car and has been deposited at their secretariat. And that the driver who took me home, had gone to my house again to inform me of the discovery. This is a living testimony that Nigeria has hope. We are not all bad people. I have started campaigning to people via social media to always patronize airport registered cabs.
“The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. The registered airport cab may charge higher than Uber or Kabukabu but you are sure that if you forget anything in the airport cab, you would surely see it again. I want to thank ACHAN for having this type of arrangement in Nigerian airports. It is wonderful.
Speaking while handling the items recovered in the car to the owner, the Chairman ACHAN MMIA, Lagos Elder Olubi Ojo said Engr. Ayeni’s case was just one of the many cases the association handles on regular basis.
…Gov Abiodun, Alaafin, Kessington to attend
Telecoms firm and sponsor of the annual Ojude Oba Festival of the Ijebu people, Globacom, will give out mouth-watering prizes including ten tricycles, in the 2019 edition of the Festival raffle. The star-prize, the tricycles, have been mounted on a dais outside the Awujale’s palace where residents have been trooping to catch glimpses of the largesse, hoping to be proud winners of the vehicles for transportation business.
The raffle is open to all customers who make purchases from any Gloworld shop in Ijebu Ode or Ago Iwoye, from the middle of July 2019 to the day of the festival. During this period, each shopper will be given a raffle ticket which qualifies him or her to win the star prize or any of the ten LED television sets also available for customers. The winners will be drawn during the main event in August.
Throwing light on the raffle and other features of this year’s Ojude Oba Festival, Globacom’s Regional Manager Activation, in charge of Lagos and Ogun, Mr. Olufolahan Faseyitan disclosed at a World Press Conference at the Awujale’s Palace in Ijebu Ode that Fuji crooner Abass Obesere, Pop sensation Lil Kesh famous for hits like ‘Shoki’, ‘Able God’ and ‘Flenjo’ will perform at the music concert. Similarly, resourceful comedian MC Bash will entertain guests at the all-night show where the 2019 Miss Ojude Oba will be crowned.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the 2019 Ojude Oba Festival Committee, Chief Wahab Osinusi announced that Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun will be the Guest of Honour . The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi will be the Royal Father of the day while business mogul, Chief Kessington Adebutu is expected to be the Special Guest.
Dosunmu commended Globacom for supportingFestival year in year out for over a decade now. According to him, this year’s theme, “Ojude Oba: The Uniqueness of the Ijebu Nation”, speaks to the objective of taking stock and boosting trade and commerce.
Fielding questions later, the Coordinator, 2019 Ojude Oba Festival Committee, Chief Fassy Yusuf also commended Globacom for its forte of empowerment which he said was a veritable means of wealth redistribution and social enterprise.
Anambra State Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA) said it has placed a ban on daily and weekly prayers in markets in the state.
President General of the body, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Onitsha while addressing market union chairmen and secretaries.
He said the market general prayers would henceforth be held once a month.
He said the proscription became necessary following alleged extortion and conversion of the spiritual exercise to a political jamboree.
He said, “This move became very necessary because we have discovered that some overzealous ones abuse this practice by extorting market men and women regularly of their hard-earned resources.
“Some have turned the prayers into a somewhat political jamboree and this is not healthy for the system.
“All market leaders are expected to meet with the traders and unanimously agree on a suitable date and ensure to observe the monthly prayers within a stipulated time of between 7am to 10am.”
Ekwegbalu frowned at the attitude of involving the police or Ministry of Trade and Commerce when issues that should be resolved within the market leadership arose.
He urged traders to seek redress through the appropriate processes within the ambits of the constitution when there were disagreements.
The ASMATA boss also condemned revenue racketeering, urging leaders of various market union to dully remit revenues generated from their respective markets into the state government coffers.
On the forthcoming election, Ekwegbalu said there would not be extension at the expiration of each tenure.
He said, “We call on traders vying for elective positions to follow due processes in the course of their campaign in accordance with the constitution of the market and not engage in any activity capable of threatening the credibility of the election.
“We are looking forward to a peaceful, credible and a transparent election this time around.”
On his part, Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth Creation, Mr Christian Madubuko, urged the market leaders to block all revenue leakages across the markets.
He warned against diversion of revenues which he described as an attempt at stalling the progress of the state.
“There will not be enough funds for the government to make available the needed developmental projects if individuals continue to milk the revenues,” he said.
Madubuko charged market leaders to ensure traders pay their stallage fees and other revenues promptly, warning those attempting to divert same to desist forthwith or be fished out and prosecuted accordingly.
He also warned touts and crooked market leaders to stay out of the upcoming election or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
On its verified Twitter handle, the government said the closure is due to the relocation of gas pipes situated close to the perimeter of the rail line.
“Motorists are advised to avoid this area but road users who cannot completely ignore the corridor are advised to obey traffic officers and other law enforcement personnel assigned to manage traffic during the period of relocation of the gas pipeline,” said the State Ministry of Transportation.
China has commenced the export of used cars to Africa, Asia and Europe, with Nigeria one of the destinations for the first batch of 300 cars.
The country’s Ministry of Commerce had, in a statement, announced that it had cleared 10 cities to begin the export of second-hand cars to global markets, apparently with a view to driving domestic vehicle sales, which contracted last year for the first time since the 1990s.
Until now, China had been uninvolved in selling used cars abroad, but it now hopes to start benefiting from the booming global used vehicle market, which recorded an estimated sale of 39.3 million vehicles in 2017, up 1.8 per cent from 2016 sales, outstripping the 17.1m figure for 2017 new vehicle sales, which dipped by 2 per cent on the 2016 sales figure.
In Nigeria alone, used vehicle imports accounted for 80 per cent of all vehicle sales in 2016; in Kenya, more than 96 per cent of vehicles imported in the same year were used vehicles.
The statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce noted the huge growth potential in the global second-hand car export market. (Daily Trust)
A labourer at a block moulding site in Lagos Island yesterday emerged the first saloon car star prize winner in the ongoing multi-billion naira Dangote Cement National Consumer Promotion tagged “Bag of Goodies.”
The winner, Mujahid Shiabu, who just returned from Borno state two weeks ago, was full of surprises as the management of Dangote Cement officially presented his car to him amid ecstasy by his other colleagues and friends.
Making the car presentation, the Group Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited, Hajiya Halima Aliko Dangote, explained that the promotion was meant to give economic empowerment to Dangote Cement end users, adding that the company had also done same for its retailers and distributors in the past.
Besides, she stated that the consumer promotion was in tandem with the philosophy of the Dangote Group, which is to touch people’s lives by providing their basic needs.
Halima pointed out that Dangote Cement considered its customers as partners and “you know the meaning of partnership; we are all working together for our mutual benefits. We are all winners when you buy Dangote cement.
“At Dangote Cement, we don’t just produce quality cement for customer satisfaction, we produce quality for customer excellence and that is why we are the biggest and the best,” she stated.
Oniru of Iruland, Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru, commended the Chairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, for his giant strides in industrial undertakings, pointing out that government could not venture into sectors where Dangote had his footprint.
The monarch, who was represented by his son, Aremo Adesegun Oniru, stated that Nigerian government was hugely indebted to Dangote for helping Nigeria’s economic growth through investments for self-sustenance even far beyond cement.
According to him, Nigerians should keep praying for Dangote because by the time he finishes his refinery, Nigeria would be occupying a better place in the world economic map.
He added that Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical currently under construction was beyond Federal Government’s ability.
The star prize winner, Shuaib, who could barely communicate in pidgin English, said he never expected that his day would take a new turn the day he opened a bag of Dangote Cement only for him to find a scratch card inside and upon scratching it “only to reveal you have won a saloon car.”
He thanked the management of Dangote cement for living up to its promise, saying he never expected things would turn around for him.
Another consumer, Tiamiyu Quadri, who also won a television set, was presented with his winning by Prince Aremo Oniru
Dangote Cement Marketing Director, Mrs Funmi Sanni, urged the people to continue to buy Dangote cement because there are various prizes for a whopping 21 million Dangote cement buyers, a figure she described as about 10 per cent of Nigeria’s population.
Union Bank Plc has reported a profit before tax of N12.1 billion for the half year ended June 30, 2019 as against N11.7 billion posted in 2018, representing a growth of four per cent.
The bank’s unaudited financial statements for the period also showed a profit after tax of N11.9 billion in contrast to N11.5 billion recorded in 2018, accounting for a growth of three per cent.
Gross earnings declined by nine per cent to N76.0 billion from N83.3 billion in H1 2018, due to a decrease in average earning assets while non-interest income was down 12 per cent to N18.7 billion from N21.1billion in H1 2018; due to muted volatility negatively impacting trading income.
Commenting on the results, Emeka Emuwa, CEO, union Bank, said: “Notwithstanding the realities of operating in a challenging economic environment, the group delivered a 4 per cent growth in profit before tax to N12.1 billion from N11.7 billion in H1 2018.
“To sustain growth in earnings, we remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering value and first-class customer experience to all our customers. We have developed a concerted and clear plan to increase our risk assets with our loan book growing by eight per cent to N563.0 billion compared to year-end 2018.
“We successfully closed our Series 3, 10 year N30 billion bond in June, as part of our N100 billion debt capital programme. This series, which was once again fully subscribed, is the largest 10-year bond issued by a Nigerian corporate to date.
“This further reinforces the confidence of the investor community in Union Bank. With this new injection of Tier 2 capital, we are well positioned to deliver on our growth strategy and priorities.
“Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on opportunities to deliver our simpler, smarter banking promise to our customers while improving internal operational efficiencies which will translate to enhanced shareholder value.”
Speaking on the H1 2019 figures, the Chief Financial Officer, Joe Mbulu, said: “In the first half of 2019, we continued with our expansion strategy to grow our agency banking footprint which in turn boosted customer confidence in our brand.
“Customer deposits have followed the same trajectory with a four per cent growth, to N889.5 billion as at June 2019 from N857.6 billion in December 2018. Net Interest Income after Impairments is also up three per cent to N30.5 billion compared to N29.7 billion in the same period in 2018.”
A 20-year-old man has committed suicide by drinking fumigation chemical (Quick Action Spray) after his mother refused to give him N700 to settle a pressing need in Awhire community, Ughelli North, Delta State.
Daily Post reports that the deceased, Augustine Okpako, had requested the said money from his mother, who in turn promised to give him the money the following day (today).
The deceased said he cannot wait till the following day, even as his mother was at the time frying garri she will take to the market so she could raise the money.
According to an eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “suddenly we just see that he drank the chemical. He drank quick action that farmers normally used to spray grass.”
The eyewitness claimed that the container of the fumigation chemical was empty and there were signs of it on his mouth and shirt, indicating that he may have drank it to commit suicide.
The deceased was later rushed to a Cottage Hospital in Erhoike Community in Ethiope-East Local Government Area where he was confirmed dead by doctors.
The Delta State Police Command is yet to make any official statement concerning the incident.