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Another set of 20 loyal customers will join the rising number of millionaires to win a whooping N1,500,000 each, in the 3rd edition of its quarterly draw for the ongoing UBA Wise Savers Promo.
The raffle draw which is set for July 31st, at United Bank for Africa’s Corporate head office will see new millionaires emerge in a transparent draw in the presence of representatives from the Consumer Protection Council, National Lottery Regulatory Commission and the Lagos State Lottery Board.
“This is yet another great opportunity for new and existing customers to take the chance and get closer to their dreams. This will also add to the growing number of millionaires who have benefitted from the ongoing Wise Savers Promo as a whopping N60 Million is still very much up for grabs” said the Group Head Marketing, United Bank for Africa, Dupe Olusola.
“To qualify for the draws, new and existing customers of the bank are expected to save at least N10,000 each month for three consecutive months before each draw date. Alternatively, they can make a one-time deposit of at least N30,000 to be saved for 90 days. The promo will run all through 2019 and a total of 80 people will have ultimately become millionaires at the end of the year.”
She added that at the last draw, the lucky winners, who cut across all regions of the country, have joined the millionaires club in Nigeria. They are: Alli Abiodun Ganiu, Tari E Francis, Onah Joseph, Okwandu Faith Ezinne, Igwedinma Chiedozie Onyekachi, Mgbakor Edmund Eke, Nwokoye Adeseye Ifeanyichukwu and Achi Sheyin Michael.
Others are Onyekwuluje Christiana Osho, Ibilola U Okeke, Amos Luka, Mukhtar Halima, Musa Abubakar, Olanrewaju Kolade David, Okongwu Hillary Chidinma, Loretta O Okodua, Adeyemo Biodun Adeola, Oyewusi Oyeyinka Abidemi, Adeola O Adewumi and Anyanwu Vivian.
The promo, which commenced in September 2018 has already seen 40 customers winning N60m in the two previous draws and is expected to run till September 30, 2019 where another 40 customers from across the country will become millionaires, winning another N60 million in the remaining two draws of the promo. The much anticipated draw come July 31st, will see UBA reward another 20 with N30million
The Executive Director, Lagos & West Bank, Mr. Ayo Liadi, while speaking on the forthcoming Raffle draw, noted that a lot of lives have been positively impacted, from the previous draws where 40 people went home with N1,500,000.
According to Liadi: “The Wise Saver’s promo is no doubt genuine proof of how a bank that prioritises the growth and development of its customers, helps them grow and actualise their dreams. We are happy and impressed with the lives that have changed for good since we commenced in September 2018. Knowing full well that our job is not complete until our customer succeeds, we are now motivated and inspired to do more, so our customers can more easily achieve their dreams and goals in life. I am pleased that this cash prize can go a long way in the lives of many, to this end, UBA can only enjoin many more customers to be part of the promo, you never can tell, it could be you”.
The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has urged state governments to adopt the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) for their workers.
PenCom’s Head of Corporate Communication, Mr Peter Aghahowa, made the call during the verification for year 2020 retirees in Owerri, Imo State on Monday.
Aghahowa lauded the Federal Government for remaining steadfast in its commitment to better living conditions for Nigeria’s retirees by establishing the scheme.
He called on the state governments to follow suit by setting up Pension Bureau.
He described the CPS as `a means to a better end’, adding that only states who subscribed to the scheme and issue a bond could access the over N9 trillion accumulated under the scheme.
Aghahowa listed some of the compliant states to include Edo, Lagos and Kaduna, stating that some states had yet to comply fully while others had yet to begin the process.
“The CPS enables workers to retire better and we must commend the Federal Government for remaining steadfast in the pursuit of better living conditions for our retirees.
“It is, however, regrettable that some states are yet to establish the necessary legislative framework that would enable them to key into the system.
“We urge them to establish the administrative structure that will drive the implementation of CPS in the states to enable them to access the available funds and enable workers retire better,”.
The pre-retirement verification centre in Owerri attends to some 1,200 to 1,500 prospective retirees from Imo, Abia and Ebonyi states, with 14 other centres spread across the federation.
The Chief Executive and President Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, Paul Smith has called for a closer collaboration with Ecobank Nigeria along areas of mutual interest in the nation’s financial industry. Smith who was speaking during a courtesy visit to Management of Ecobank Nigeria in Lagos on Friday, said its call is predicated on the pedigree and antecedents of the Bank in the financial industry.
According to him, the partnership would further explore research, training and professional development. “We also want to deepen and strengthen our collaboration with Ecobank to expand our reach across the various regional blocs in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.”
While commending Ecobank for its support to its member. CFA Society, Nigeria over the years, he emphasized that the CFA Institute stands for creating a financial environment where clients’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow.
Responding, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan, lauded the visit and assured that the Bank is ready to collaborate more with the Institute to further develop the financial sector in Nigeria and across Sub-Saharan Africa. He commended the organization’s sterling activities in growing the ethical and professional practice of financial services in Nigeria, Africa and across the world.
He intimated the CFA team of the various strategic initiatives of the Bank which are aimed at establishing world-class learning and development platforms for its staff, one of which led to the recent accreditation of Ecobank Nigeria Academy by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
In his remarks, the Head of Strategy, Ecobank Nigeria, Unwana Efiong Esang noted that the desire to deepen and expand collaboration between the Institute and the Bank is a welcome development especially at a time the financial services industry is experiencing a profound paradigm shift in its business and operating models.
He further stated that such partnerships between global and Pan African financial industry stakeholders will go a long way in enhancing financial services practice and also help in sustaining the relevance and quality of service of the banking system far into the future. He restated Ecobank’s strong positive disposition towards actualising the several collaborative options and models available to both organisations
Also speaking, President of CFA Society, Nigeria, Banji Fehintola commended Ecobank for its support of its activities over the years and expressed the Society’s willingness to fully take advantage of the several partnership initiatives of the Bank in Nigeria and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Suspected gunmen, on Monday, invaded Agudama-Ekpetiama Police Station in Yenagoa Local Government of Bayelsa State, killing four police personnel on duty.
The Police Public Relation Officer, Bayelsa Command, SP Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.
“Yes, the police is aware of the incident, we are preparing a statement, as soon as it is ready we’ll get back to you,” Butswat told newsmen.
The officers killed during the attack included the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), a pregnant policewoman and two policemen who were on duty.
A source who preferred anonymity also told journalists that the suspected gunmen stormed the police station at the early hours of Monday (July 1) and started shooting sporadically.
“No civilian was killed during the attack because there were no detainees in the cell of the station.
“The attack happened about 2.15 a.m on Monday and lasted for about an hour.
“We saw that several guns, ammunition and police uniforms were carted away by the gunmen,” the source said.
The corpses of the officers killed have been taken to the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa by men of the force.
Nigeria’s premier and leading financial institution; First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced that the third edition of its Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) week is billed for 1 – 6 July 2019 in the six geopolitical zones of the country and the Bank’s business locations in Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and The United Kingdom. The 2019 edition is themed Ripples of Kindness, Putting You First.
The CR&S week is driven to amplify the Bank’s culture of “Employee Giving & Volunteering Programme” with a focus on reinforcing the values of the Bank’s SPARK (Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness) initiative through a wide range of strategically designed activities. SPARK is a values-based initiative designed to raise consciousness that promote kindness to one another.
Amongst the activities to be carried out in the course of the week is the Nice Comments Day; a day set aside to foster words of encouragement, support and kindness to people around you, regardless of ones’ familiarity or close ties. The Bank recognises that kind words are largely instrumental to lighting up one’s day and also bringing out the best in one.
Other activities in the course of the FirstBank CR&S week are visits to the less privileged homes as well as the promotion of the SPARK initiative in schools. The objective of the SPARK initiative in schools is to embed the values of SPARK amongst school children at a young age so it becomes part and parcel of them, forming a habit and nature as they develop into adulthood.
Through the values of the SPARK initiative – Compassion, Civility, Charity and Connection – , the Bank believes that every act of kindness is critical to promoting a peaceful co-existence amongst everyone in the society and building a prosperous society and nation at large.
Speaking on the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S) Week 2019, the Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications of FirstBank, Folake Ani-Mumuney, said “Our 2019 CR&S week is aimed at reinforcing FirstBank’s corporate culture of encouraging giving and volunteering among its employees and the larger society. We believe that every act of kindness goes a long way in leaving an indelible impact in the life of people which indeed underscores why it is important for everyone to Start Performing Act of Random Kindness. No matter how little, every act of kindness indeed makes the world a better place.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the forfeiture of ex First Lady Patience Jonathan’s $8.4 million and N9.2 billion to the Federal Government.
Delivering judgement in the suit filed before her court by the EFCC today Monday July 1st, Justice Olatoregun held that the money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
She granted an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that the money should be permanently forfeited.
The judge held that Mrs Jonathan could not prove that the money was legitimately earned.
Mrs Jonathan’s lawyer, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), had held that the money in question were cash gifts the former first lady received from well wishers while her husband, Goodluck Jonathan, was in office.
As the highly anticipated African Reality TV Show, Big Brother Naija (BBN) returns to the screens for its 4th season dubbed “Forget Wahala”, OPPO Mobile has been announced as a category sponsor of African’s biggest Reality TV experience at the opening event held on the 30th of June, 2019 by Multichoice Nigeria.
OPPO Mobile Nigeria would be part of the show up until the end by the 30th of October, 2019 and will be unveiling many surprises as the weeks roll-by. Young people outside the house will not be left out of the excitement and rewards, courtesy of OPPO Mobile at different times during the airing of the TV Show.
Just like in other markets of the world where OPPO Mobile exists, OPPO Mobile Nigeria is committed to Youth Empowerment and Dream Actualization.
Nengi Akinola, the Marketing Manager, OPPO Mobile Nigeria said: “Over the years, the show has been a launch pad for stars into the Nigerian entertainment industry, this track record of growth and empowerment attracted us, as it is our goal to not only give our customers the very best of technology with every smartphone but to also increase their chances of becoming the very best versions of themselves in all their endeavors.”
No wonder the Show has since its maiden edition in 2006,produced some of Nigeria’s biggest names in entertainment such as OPPO Nigeria brand Influencer, Bamike Olawunmi, popularly known as Bam Bam, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Bisola, Teddy A, UtiNwachukwu among others.
The winner of the TV Show is set to go home with a cash prize of N30 Million, a new OPPO smartphone and other prizes all to the value of N60 Million.
You can follow @opponigeria on Facebook/Instagram and @oppomobileng on Twitter for more information and updates on OPPO Mobile Nigeria’s BBN 2019 activities.
The incoming Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari, has hailed the leadership of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), for the nine-month extension in oil production cut under the ‘’Declaration of Cooperation’’ which seeks to improve global oil market stability among OPEC members.
Oil industry under the cooperation, OPEC member and non-member nations accelerated the stabilisation of global oil market through voluntary production adjustments which amounted to 1.8 million barrels per day.
In a chat with newsmen in Vienna, venue of the 176th Meeting of OPEC, Mr. Bala Wunti, Group General Manager, Corporate Planning and Strategy representing Kyari, noted that pricing and volume of products remained key factors in ensuring sustainable revenue generation for the country.
“Through the Declaration of Cooperation, greater stability is restored globally, Nigeria believes that having the right price and volume can support our aspiration and ensure a sustainable revenue generation’’
“We believe that continuation of the declaration is the way to go. A Six-month extension is too short a time and will not have the required impact in curbing uncertainty and volatility which existed before the cooperation’’
“So a nine-month extension is the way to go considering the objective of the declaration, that is why Nigeria supports the initiative and is also grateful that big nations are committed to it’’
Wunti further expressed the commitment of the NNPC in revamping refineries, noting that in-country refining of crude through multiple channels and collaboration would ensure the nation becomes a major petroleum product exporter by 2020.
According to him, that is the vision of the incoming NNPC boss, and that is the vision of Nigeria.
Other delegates representing Nigeria at the on-going 176th Meeting of OPEC include; Meeting in Vienna include the permanent secretary, ministry of Petroleum, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, Nigeria’s OPEC Governor, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Austria, Victoria Okeke and the General Manager, OPEC, NNPC, Umar Gbobe Aminu.