Zenith Bank Plc has introduced the Zenith Timeless Account, which allows Nigerians aged 55years and above to enjoy free financial services.
The Zenith Timeless Account is a product offering targeted at senior citizens (aged 55 years and above), pensioners, potential and existing retirees, that allows them bank for free and conduct banking transactions with ease.
Holders of the Zenith Timeless Account enjoys interest on Savings Account and are not required to pay maintenance, debit card, cheque book, or SMS notification fees. They also enjoy priority treatment at all Zenith Bank branches nationwide, and have access to a wide range of travel and holiday offers on tickets.
Do you have an old savings or current account with Zenith Bank and you are above 55 years old?
Quickly reactivate the account and begin to enjoy all the benefits of the Zenith Timeless Account.
You can visit the bank’s website, www.zenithbank.com , or any of our branches to open the account or reactivate your old account.
Ghana is the latest country to be granted a visa-free status by the South African government.
South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has added Ghana to a list of seven countries whose nationals will be permitted to enter South Africa visa-free. Nigeria was not included despite the large volume of trade between the two countries.
South Africa announced in September 2018, that it was finalising a number of visa waiver agreements with other countries including Ghana to allow travellers to enter the country without a visa.
“Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation,” he said today at a briefing in South Africa.
“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled all e-passport printing contracts abroad, saying that it will now be the sole responsibility of the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company (NSPMC).
Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, made this known in a statement released on Thursday. (NAN)
…Also emerges Best Bank in Nigeria for a record 9th time
Foremost African financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank plc has been named the Best Bank in Africa 2019 by Euromoney at its annual Awards for Excellence, which held in London on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. GTBank was also named the Best Bank in Nigeria for a record ninth time, reflecting the Bank’s position as one of the best managed financial institutions in the country, with strong and focused leadership that keep the business in a constant state of re-invention and innovation.
Now in its 50th year, Euromoney is the leading publication for covering the growth of international finance. Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence are the awards that matter to the banks and bankers who matter. This year, Euromoney received almost 1,500 submissions from banks in an awards programme that covers 20 global awards, more than 50 regional awards, and best bank awards in close to 100 countries. The Magazine’s Awards for Excellence celebrates the best banks around the world by recognizing institutions that have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and momentum in the markets they operate. In selecting its award recipients, Euromoney combines quantitative and qualitative data to honor institutions that have brought the highest levels of service, innovation and expertise to their customers.
Key to the emergence of GTBank as the Best Bank in Africa and the Best Bank in Nigeria, is the Bank’s digital drive and its clarity of vision in reimagining the future of banks and banking. The Euromoney awards also recognized GTBank’s commitment to leading the future of banking as well as its consistent long-term strategy led by a senior management team that abhors complacency and keeps the business in a constant state of innovation.
Commenting on the Bank’s Euromoney awards, the Chief Executive Officer of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, said; “We are delighted and proud to win the Euromoney Awards for Africa’s Best Bank and Nigeria’s Best Bank. These awards reflect the progress we are making in delivering the best banking experience that captures what customers want in the world of today and tomorrow. They are also a testament to our leading role in driving world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation in Africa’s banking industry.
He further stated that; “At GTBank, we are passionate about building the bank of the future by leveraging the best of technology to add real value to our customers’ lives, and these awards illustrate the hard work and commitment of our staff, management and board towards achieving this goal.
GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday gave reasons why he could not implement the report of the 2014 national conference before vacating office On May 29 20115
He also said Nigeria would have made significant progress if President Muhammadu Buhari had implemented a part of the reports of the conference.
Jonathan, who spoke at the launching and presentation of the Memoirs of Senator Femi Okurounmu at the University of Lagos titled ‘The Dream’ , said that the report was handed over to him on 21 August 2014, at a time members of the National Assembly were busy running around for re-election.
While noting the role played by Okurounmu at the conference, Jonathan, who was the chairman of the occasion, said the conference was conveyed in accordance with the yearnings of Nigerians for dialogue to reconcile ethnic differences.
He said all the issues were discussed as he gave them the freedom to discuss all and that the recommendations were far-reaching in setting an agenda for today and tomorrow.
According to the former president, the conference took out politics and that the recommendations would have taken Nigeria out of the woods.
…Lagos ready for investors -Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to collaborate with Netherlands on health, Education, technology, trade, tourism and infrastructure.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated this while playing host to the team led by Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade, Development and Cooperation, Mrs Sigrid Kaag who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, there are investment opportunities in Lagos, adding that the state is home to all, emphasising that the environment is friendly for foreign investors.
The Governor thanked the team for the visit, and explained that Netherlands and Lagos share certain similar features such their locations below the sea level and technology which he said would assist in the bilateral arrangements to be discussed.
He explained the reclamation effort at Eko Atlantic City when he said “You know there is a new development being done at Eko Atlantic City. That is a city that is risen on top of water. It is actually an engineering that we are really proud of.
“With technology, you need to sand fill a lot of the place there, it went 12 meters down and has a height of about 9 meters up and that is twice the size of Victoria Island, we poured 10million cubic of sand to stabilize. It’s actually an engineering that we are really proud of,” Sanwo-Olu added.
He also lauded the efforts of Netherland on skill acquisition and poverty reduction programmes, which had made Lagos State foster economic relation with the country.
Sanwo-Olu said, “On education side, Netherland is very good, they develop skills a lot which reduces poverty hence our aim of partnering with you is to ensure that poverty is reduced by 2030. That is our goal”
He praised the current collaboration with the Dutch government in various areas including the new Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme saying a lot is going on to boost the health sector as his administration is poised to give people quality access to health.
“We have just launched early in the year our health insurance scheme which is taking-off well. We also realised that we must tackle all issues of health and its quality delivery at early stages,” Sanwo-Olu stated.
On water transportation, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted the state is working hard on taking enough space in the waters for dredging to ensure safety when full blown aquatic traffic begins.
According to him, “We are doing a lot of reclamation to safeguard water safety, water transportation. I think these are some of the things we are dealing with to upscale our transport system.
“What I am trying to present is total transportation in all but for available resources. Water transportation is for us and of course, we need to complete our rail projects too so that we can have easy movement of our people from one part of the city to the other,” he added.
Earlier, the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade, Development and Cooperation, Mrs Kaag congratulated the Governor on his emergence praising his work ethic since assumption of office.
According to Kaag, “From what I have heard so far, you are tremendous in your attitude, hence what the people who elected you saw and chose you as the governor of the 5th largest economy in African continent is not in doubt.”
She expressed willingness to collaborate with the current administration to achieve the desired result in areas including maritime, health, education and technology adding that Lagos and indeed Nigeria has the potential to shine and lead by example.
President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded to the Senate, Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad for Screening and subsequent confirmation as the substantive CJN.
￼The letter was read Thursday by President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan.
￼According to Lawan, President Buhari forwarded the name following the confirmation of Justice Muhammad for the position by the National Judicial Council, NJC.
In similar vein, President Muhammadu Buhari has written the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, intimating him of the appointment of fifteen names Special Advisers.
Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is very difficult to make fuel available at N145 per litre.
Speaking on Wednesday when he paid a visit to Ahmed Lawan, the senate president, at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.
According to Kyari, the cheap price of petrol encourages smuggling.
“The N145 per litre fuel price regime in Nigeria runs against the N350 per litre most of the other West African countries operate, encouraging smuggling,” he said.
“It is even very difficult for us to make the product available at N145.”
The GMD, who was accompanied by Maikanti Baru, his predecessor, said the corporation would work closely with the national assembly to ensure quick passage of the bills that would encourage the growth of the oil and gas sector.
In his submissions, Baru said the visit was meant to canvass the senate’s support for the quick passage of the Deep Offshore Amendment Bill which has the potential of boosting federal government’s revenue by about $5 billion per annum.
Shedding light on the significance of the bill, he explained that the nation had been virtually losing revenue running into billions of dollars due to delay in the review of the extant Deep Offshore Act which stipulates that the fiscal terms could be reviewed when the price of crude oil had surpassed the $20 barrel mark and production had gone on in those acreages consistently for 15 years.
He said the amendment bill proposes to raise the royalty paid on deep offshore production in order to ensure a higher revenue take for government, adding that no operator could oppose such a move as it was fair going by current market realities.
Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, has also described the payment of subsidy as a ‘drain on resources’. (The Cable)
Coach Stuart Baxter of South Africa in a post match interview says it is difficult to find positives after one has lost a game.
The Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated Bafana Bafana of South Africa 2-1 in the quarterfinals of AFCON 2019 in Egypt.
Baxter told reporters that his boys played according to instructions and gave their best.
“It’s difficult when you’ve lost a game in the dying minutes. It’s difficult to find positives.
“I am sure that in one week’s time, I will find some positives. At this moment, I am finding it very difficult.
“But we were brave enough to get on the ball in tight spaces in the first half and brave enough to press higher and we tried to do that better in the second half.
“We tried to get a better more mobile possession which gave Nigeria more problems but we still couldn’t find that last strike on goal to get there.”
He noted that his team lost to “a better and more organised Super Eagles who were very dangerous on the flanks.
“Nigeria was always dangerous. They were really well organised and had good players and we didn’t defend as well as we could.
“We were trying to press higher and left some spaces, especially in the flanks where their good players could attack, while we didn’t have support to get there.
“But then, you make your choices as a coach. You go defensive and try to take them one-on-one and force the game to extra-time and win the game.
“So, we tried to win the game but we lost it in the dying minutes, which is very difficult to take.
“But congratulations to Gernot and his team. I am sure they’ll be one of the teams that will be competing to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament,” he said.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), a regulatory agency responsible for regulating and controlling importation, manufacture and use of food, drugs and packaged water in Nigeria has said that Eva Water produced and bottled by Nigerian Bottling Company Limited is safe for consumption, assuring consumers and the general public of their safety.
This is contained in a press statement issued by the agency which was titled “Update on The Two Lots of Eva Water” and signed by its Director General, Professor, Mojisola Adeyeye in Abuja on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
Adeyeye noted that the assurance became necessary in the wake of recent development regarding the recall of two batches of Eva Water (75cl packed size) produced in one of NBC’s ultra-modern factories, Asejire Plant, in Ibadan.
“Following discovery of a default in two lots of Eva bottled water (75cl pack size) produced between 22nd and 23rd May 2019 at the NBC ultra-modern factory at Asejire in Ibadan, the company immediately initiated a recall of the affected lots and voluntarily notified NAFDAC as is expected of every responsible quality-driven organization with high priority for Food Safety and safety of its consumers, she stated”.
Adeyeye further stated that there was no reason for the general public and consumers to panic as laboratory reports obtained from the analysis conducted on all products including Eva Water manufactured in the plant do not indicate any health threat.
“It is important to highlight that there is no cause for alarm, as the laboratory reports did not indicate any health threat; the recall was purely precautionary and it is standard food safety practice all over the world, she added”.
Adeyeye therefore commended the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited for demonstrating a high sense of responsibility by willingly reporting the issue and initiating a recall process. She urged other companies to emulate the exemplary attitude displayed by NBC noting that by this action, this has shown that the company places much premium on the safety of consumer.
“It is reassuring to note that the Nigerian Bottling Company demonstrated a high sense of responsibility in voluntarily reporting the problem and in the recall process. NAFDAC urges all companies and stakeholders to think of the customers’ safety first just like what NBC has done in this case. This is exemplary and should be emulated by all manufacturers, she stated”.
She further expressed satisfaction with the corrective and preventive actions that have been put in place by the company to guarantee the quality and safety of Eva Water and all Coca-Cola Products registered by the agency.