In fulfilment of its strategic objective to becoming Africa’s gateway to the world, Nigeria’s leading retail bank, Access Bank Plc has launched and opened up its USSD channel (*901#) to all Nigerians to enable the instant opening of DiamondXtra accounts from mobile devices.
The DiamondXtra USSD channel option(*901#) allows customers, and potential customers, conveniently open a DiamondXtra account , confirm the number of tickets they have in a particular draw, and also find out the date for the draws from their mobile devices.
Introducing the USSD channel account opening option, Victor Etuokwu, Executive Director, Retail Banking, said “Our business is all about our customers as our success can be directly attributed to their success. We have helped millions of people save with DiamondXtra and have rewarded thousands over the last 10 years, with this year being the eleventh edition.
To encourage more people to save, we have digitized the scheme to accommodate customers who are not able, for one reason or another, to go the branch to open aDiamondXtra account. New customers can simply dial *901#, follow the prompts to open a DiamondXtra account and fund with a minimum of ₦5,000 to be one of our lucky winners.
To join our winning train, all you need to do is to save up, if you are already a DiamondXtra customer, or open aDiamondXtra account with just ₦5,000 and save multiples of ₦5,000 to increase your chances of winning”. Victor concluded.
The reward scheme rewards 10 customers with N1million each in our monthly draws, while the rewards for the quarterly draw include:
- Salary4Life (N100,000 every month for 20 Years)
- Education allowance for 5 years (N100,000 every month for 5 years)
- Rent 4 a Year (₦1,000,000)
- ₦1,000,000 for 6 lucky winners
- ₦500,000 for 15 lucky winners
- ₦100,000 for 45 lucky winners
- ₦50,000 for 300 lucky winners
- ₦20,000 for 300 lucky winners
- ₦10,000 for 300 lucky winners
- Loyalty prizes 20,000 for 45 lucky winners
DiamondXtra is an interest yielding hybrid account which allows deposit of both cash and third party cheques. Hybrid means a combination of both savings and current account features. The DiamondXtra reward scheme has given away over N5 billion in cash and household items to over 15,000 loyal customers over the last 10 years. Please click HERE to learn more.
By Seun Bisuga
People generally believe that Ponzi schemes are primarily money doubling, risk-taking adventures but there are some that are designed to totally con you out of your money without you even knowing it.
Like every Ponzi scheme, these organizations have communication mediums but NO feedback channels; they control everything from their end and allow you little or no opportunity to give a feedback, something akin to both Medview and Arik.
These airlines are notorious particularly Medview, they have set themselves up to rob Nigerians blind. They both do not have active social media channels in 2019 because they do not want you to lay your complaints or make enquiries. Sending them an email is a futile exercise because they will never reply. I mean NEVER reply.
Even worse is attempting to call them. Like every Ponzi scheme the phone calls never connect, you can try as hard as you want and for as long as you like but that phone call is never going to connect, they have no customer care in place, clear attributes of organizations that run a Ponzi scheme.
My latest experience with Medview is fascinating because I have come to learn that they do this every once in a month or so. The airline is a flight risk yet despite the staggering evidences, they are still allowed to carry on their scams.
Here’s how their scheme works; Medview always have their portal open for business, if you are unfortunate, you book a flight via Medview but when you get to the airport to check-in, you realize that they are nowhere to be found. On other occasions, you’ll be hours away from your flight when they send you an email that your flight has been cancelled, you’re thinking at the top of your head, what do you mean cancelled?
Here are their exact words, “Please be informed that your flight from ABUJA to LAGOS has been CANCELLED due operational reasons. Re-protection is available at the Airport”.
They then ask you to proceed to any of their centres to claim a refund but guess what, all their staff at every centre have vamoosed, it’s like they never existed, it’s like a mirage and then you think to yourself, Medview think they are wise, yes, they are wise, this is their stock in trade, they have mastered the art.
You start to call their phone lines and you never get through, you send email after email and you still don’t get through then you’re thoroughly frustrated.
God bless you, you have scarcity of funds then you are stranded but if you desperately have to travel then you’ll pay no less than N35,000 for any other flight available at the airport.
That’s not where the story ends. You arrive Lagos and walk briskly to the Medview stand and there’s no one there, if there had not been a name on their stand, you would probably have thought that you dreamed of the name Medview, that it probably never existed.
With this scheme in place every once in a while Medview hopes to reap off Nigerians many of whom are left frustrated by their acts and move on with their lives. There is no one to complain to and even if you find anyone by the counter after weeks of trying they will only refer you to their head office.
What makes it worse is that even ticket hustlers at the airport would comfortably say to you; “Medview? Did you say Medview? Medview NEVER refunds anybody”.
Let’s take a deep breath and do the math for a bit. If Medview have a fully booked flight canceled how much do they make from this scheme every time they perpetuate it? Let’s say they have 100 passengers on the flight and each passenger pays N20,000 that is a cool N2,000,000 in Medview’s account without having to hit the runway.
This has become their new modus operandi and they use it on unsuspecting Nigerians but once you’ve had this kind of experience you flee from them but there are new people to fall for this scam, this Ponzi scheme, this Yahoo, Yahoo.
But Nigerians are left with very little options, most of the other airlines have their own stories after having flown almost all, one is sometimes forced to retire into his shell and just wonder. Wonder, just like Femi Kuti put it.
Let me stress that Medview Airlines only operate one flight from Lagos to Abuja daily, just one flight yet they can’t pull it off.
As for Arik, I once booked a flight to Ibadan and I decided I want going to change the route, I had a balance of N10,000 from Arik. If Arik is not going to refund its customers, it could at least allow them use the balance on their next flight but guess what, Arik don’t make refunds. Let me put it like this, “We don’t give refunds if you decide to change your flight, it’s not our fault,” the lady at the counter told me.
With modern day Ponzi schemes like this ongoing, how much more can Nigeria withstand, with organizations that are supposed to be models for the youths scamming us, this leaves a lot to be desired.
Some might be wondering why I have chosen these two airlines for scrutiny, the truth is, this is only the beginning of the beaming the search light on the aviation sector. I have used Air Peace, Azman, Aero, Dana and they all give you the jitters. While Air Peace appear to have good planes they are notorious for delaying flights.
The wings of Dana and Aero will make you pray all through your flight unless of course nature seeps in and you manage to doze off. But their matter is a discussion for another day and that day is near.
Most culpable in all of this is the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and especially the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA. They are supposed to be regulatory agencies with oversight functions on Nigeria’s aviation sector but there’s a huge doubt they see anything at all.
This makes you wonder how can you be a regulatory agency and not regulate anything at all? This is highly unacceptable and is no way to sell Nigeria to investors in the aviation sector or any other sector for that matter.
Any investor that has this kind gory experience on our flights will not come back, even worse, is how these airlines treat Nigerians and con them of their hard earned money. We don’t have to be prayer warriors because we want to travel by air.
NOTE: This is the first in a series of many write-ups on the dwindling quality of the aviation sector in Nigeria and of the airlines too.
Seun Bisuga, a journalist and public affairs analyst can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Determined to break new frontiers in the Sport Betting Business and financial transactions generally, Wema Bank PLC., the pioneer of Nigeria’s first fully digital bank ALAT, has sponsored the 2019 retreat of the Super Agents forBet9ja, an online bookmaker company that offers betting on major sporting events operating in Nigeria.
The Retreat is an annual event organized by the Super Agents of KC Gaming Networks Limited (Bet9ja) spread across the country. This year’s edition held at Orchid Hotels, Lekki, Lagos from July 23rd to July 26th 2019.
Addressing the participants at the event, Kunle Alarapon, Head, Gaming, Wema Bank PLC, commended the Super Agents for their commitment to the gaming business in different parts of the country. He said their doggedness and passion for the line of business has been noticed by the management of Wema Bank. As a result of this, Alarapon disclosed that his management was ready to complement their efforts towards strengthening their business ventures.
According to him, Wema Bank has a banquet of financial products and services that are normally tailored around the specific needs of its clients. He therefore charged the Super Agents in attendance to embrace ALAT, a menu-driven digital banking solution that allows customers to conduct financial transactions with ease on their mobile phones.
Alarapon disclosed that on ALAT, customers have access to seamless account opening through their mobile phones. He also explained that prospective beneficiaries of ALAT can access a soft loan without collateral whatsoever. His words: “As with everything else on ALAT, you can now apply for a loan without a paper work, no visitation to any physical location and response time between acceptance of offer and loan disbursement is in minutes. You can borrow as much as N200, 000 without any collateral.”
Again, he stated that ALAT’s Goals are created by each customer based on the immediate requirements of their businesses. His words: “Whether you’re setting up a budget, saving for that special item or just looking for a rewarding investment plan, ALAT’s Goals will get you covered. You can create as many Goals as you need. It’s as easy as setting your target, choosing your saving frequency and watching the magic happen. ALAT handles the rest and makes you some good money in the process.”
Alarapon further clarified that the super agents could access the numerous benefits of ALAT through their cooperative societies. According to him, the super agents could instruct their cooperative societies to collate and channel their goals to Wema Bank for the purpose of accessing the benefits of ALAT.
Ayo Ojuroye, Chief Executive Officer, Bet9ja; had earlier revealed that the purpose of the retreat was to deliberate on how to expand the Sport betting business. In order to actualize that, he said the agenda for this year’s retreat was robust as it included trainings, seminars, outdoor activities as well as presentations by sponsors.
Bet9ja is the registered trading name of KC Gaming Networks Limited, an organization that draws upon the best practices in both Europe and Africa. The Bet9ja Super Agents Retreat is an annual event organized by Super Agents of KC Gaming Networks Limited (Bet9ja). Super Agents from all over the country attend this event.
Other personalities present at the event are: Dotun Ifebogun, Divisional Head, Retail Banking Group; Kemi Aina, Cluster Team Lead, Lagos Island Zone; and Kunle Isiaka, Digital Solutions, Wema Bank PLC.
Heritage Bank Plc’s training school, known as “The Refinery” for new entrant staff has been accredited by the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
The Refinery supervised by the Bank’s Human Capital Management Group was accredited by CIBN after assessing and evaluating its syllabus, curriculum and structure by panel of technocrats and seasoned bankers set up by the Institute, which according to the chartered institute aligns with the Competency Framework of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the professional paper standard of CIBN.
The President of the Institue, Uche Olowo commended Heritage Bank for changing the narratives of the banking system via the establishment of a credible training facility, The Refinery that prepares trainees who are to be employees for a core professional banking experience.
He further applauded Heritage Bank for setting a high standard of learning facility which its structure and curriculum “is next to that of CBN’s training institute,” whilst stressing that the bank’s training school is the best in the Nigerian banking industry and at par with international best standard.
Seye Awojobi, the Registrar/CEO of CIBN, who represented Olowo, stated that the Institute would be grateful to Heritage Bank for the values it holds tenaciously for changing the narrative of the system not just supports to the Institute’s activities but in terms of human capital development and the nation’s economy.
The MD/CEO of the bank, Ifie Sekibo, has described Heritage Bank as a forward-looking business whose strength lies in the ability to spot and mold talents into great professionals.
Sekibo, represented by the Executive Director, Jude Monye explained that the word “The Refinery” was chosen for the purpose of refining its employees to emerge as gold and harness the required skills to excel in their job functions.
He noted that the Refinery was established to train, nurture and arm young employees with the right skills needed to fast-track development and enable teams to flourish.
Sekibo further explained that at the Academy, “we hire young graduates who want to advance their skill levels, which will lead to a direct and indirect improvement of life for their families and communities that will culminate toward more productive, resourceful persons.”
However, during its assessment and evaluation of The Refinery in Port Harcourt, Saubana Ogunpola, member, Capacity Building and Certificate (CB&C) committee noted that one aspect of the accreditation is the exemption of successful trainees of the bank’s training programme from nine courses in the CIBN’s professional certification examination.
Meanwhile, 300 new intakes who are fresh from universities across and outside the country with diverse academic backgrounds and impressive academic records, are currently undergoing rigorous training in an intensive 12-week academic (practical and theoretical) programme with over 30 courses in Port Harcourt.
The Refinery is a tailored learning experience Institute with the perfect blend of technologies, techniques, and methodologies to optimize training experiences, which will help employees succeed in ensuring that the bank’s business stays ahead of the curve with the banking sector along with Heritage Bank’s target goals.
Mouka, Nigeria’s foremost manufacturer of mattress and other bedding products is set to partner with MOLFIX, Nigeria’s number 1 selling baby diaper brand.
The partnership will feature a promotion that would have mothers buy Mouka Dreamtime Baby Mattresses and win a free pack of MOLFIX diaper.
This promotional offer will be available on Konga.com, select supermarkets and Mouka Sleep Galleries from the July 29, 2019. Offer is only valid while stock lasts.
According to the Senior Brand and Innovation Manager of Mouka Limited, Jide Odelola, this partnership is strategic and targeted at mothers, with a view to providing their babies with the ultimate solution to aid quality sleep for optimal brain development.
Mouka Dreamtime Baby mattress is made with a special fabric that is water-resistant yet breathable, thus ensuring the baby’s body remains cool and comfortable through the night. MOLFIX baby diapers is a reputable diaper brand with superior features which assures a baby’s comfort, which ultimately guarantee’s for mother and child a happy today, and a happy tomorrow.
“It is scientifically proven that most of a baby’s brain development occurs during sleep. Lack of quality sleep can cause bigger problems down the road such as cognitive issues, developmental delays, etc. This is why Mouka advocates quality sleep across all ages especially in babies and young children.” said Mr Odelola.
‘Galactica Star’, the 65-metre super yacht owned by Nigerian oil mogul Kolawole Aluko has been sold.
According to a report by Yachtharbour.com, the yacht was sold on July 25th 2019 by Fraser representing the seller while Burgess represented the buyer.
The vessel was listed for sale earlier this year for $42,000,000, as a result of a notorious corruption case in Nigeria, involving Aluko, Prince Olajide Omokore and former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The yacht was custom-built by Dutch yard Heesen in 2013 and is second only to the builder’s 70-metre Galactica Super Nova in terms of LOA. The yatch features exterior styling by Omega Architects, engineering by Van Oossanen & Associates, finished by interiors from the boards of Bannenberg & Rowell.
Back in April 2019, the vessel was offered for sale in a sealed bid arrangement proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and approved by U.S. federal court.
The sale process tracks back to a corruption case against Aluko who is one of four defendants accused of cheating Nigeria out of almost $1.8 billion in siphoned crude oil sales. The U.S. government also accused Aluko and Omokore, of laundering money in the United States and using it to acquire the yacht, among other assets.
Former minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola on Mnday said that major problem for road construction is funding
“There were never enough resources. Everyone wants development in their state,” he said.
“One mode (of funding) is Sukuk (bond) which was a form of public-private partnership,”
The Senate resumed the screening of the remaining ministerial nominees with the reappointed nominee from Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), appearing before it.
The exercise resumed on Monday at exactly 10.40 a.m.
It would be recalled that the screening started on July 24, and so far 31 nominees had been screened and currently awaiting confirmation by the senate.
Those scheduled for the screening on Monday included Geofrey Onyema (Enugu State), Maryam Katagum (Bauchi State), Clement Agba (Edo) and Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State).
Others are Goddy Jeddy-Agba (Cross River), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sen. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Dr
Muhammadu Mahmoud (Kaduna State) and Babatunde Fashola (Lagos State).
According to the announcement made by President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, on July 5, when the Senate adjourned, the remaining three will be screened on Tuesday.
He listed them as Sabo Nanunu (Kano State), Saleh Mamman (Taraba) and Lai Mohammed (Kwara).
The Senate Leader, Sen. Yahaya Abubakar (APC-Kebbi State) moved for the exercise to commence, as enshrined in Section 147 (2) of the 1999 Constitution.
One crucial message the list of ministerial nominees from the Southwest has passed on to the politically discerning is that permutation for the 2023 presidential election is going to fail many bookmakers. This is because while some are celebrating the list, other highly placed individuals are far from expressing their letdown with the turn of events.
Particularly, for one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the zone, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, he might have been too shocked to react but smile away his disappointment. This is because apart from Osun, all his other candidates failed to make the list. But he has smartly melted with the celebration and the assumption that he made a majority of the nominees secure their slots. That’s not true!
For instance, in Lagos, he wanted Yemi Cardoso, but Babatunde Fashola and Olorunimbe Mamora made it. After all, he never wanted both of them at any time. In Ekiti, he submitted the name of Dele Alake but Niyi Adebayo emerged. In Ogun, where he has consistently pushed for Wale Edun, Lekan Adegbite snatched it.
His choice candidate in Oyo was Abiola Ajimobi, but the Villa preferred Sunday Akin Dare, even to the shock of the nominee himself. By the way, Dare has since paid homage to those, who made it happen. He desperately pushed for Olusola Oke in Ondo but luck smiled on Tayo Alasoadura. They however left his choice for him in Osun, Rauf Aregbesola.
If this hasn’t passed some instructive message to him about what the future could throw up, then nothing will.
Although very many people would not believe the emergence of Dare had nothing to do with him, that’s exactly what the Villa wanted to achieve since he would be unable to come out to renounce him, the same way he had nothing to do with the choice of Lai Mohammed, then and now.
The Villa just taught him some elementary politics. This is Abuja. They play chess here, not Ludo. The game is just beginning.. (Thisday)
Barely one year after the crash of his marriage, popular Lagos politician, Mr. Tayo Akinmade Ayinde has found love again. He is romantically involved with Doyin Ojora, a popular society lady. Ayinde, who presently serves as the Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, was the Director General of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Independent Campaign Group between 2018 and 2019.
FIRST WEEKLY exclusively gathered that Ayinde ended his marriage to his first wife, Titilola, shortly before Sanwo-Olu’s gubernatorial project kicked off. Sources disclosed that Ayinde decided to end the marriage to Titilola and send her packing, for the flimsiest of excuses, which continue to elude the couple’s close friends. Not satisfied with his decision to call it quit with his first wife, Ayinde, reportedly, denied her access to their children.
Close sources disclosed that Ayinde’s decision to end his marriage with Titilola, has refused to sit well with his close friend. They can’t seem to fathom why he would dump the woman, who started from the scratch and made a lot of sacrifices to make him what he is today.
Sources revealed to FIRST WEEKLY that Titilola almost went into a state of depression when all efforts she made to reconcile with her family was frustrated by her estranged husband. Left with little or no option, the 49-year old lady left Nigeria and relocated to the United States, where she currently resides.
Meanwhile, Ayinde has since found love in the bosom of Doyin Ojora, a party-loving society girl. The two have since consummated the affair and now carry on as husband and wife. Doyin is in her late 30’s, and she is the niece of Otunba Adekunle Ojora, the boardroom businessman. She once worked with Ayodeji Joseph, during his tenure as Chairman of Apapa Local Government. Later, she was appointed as a caretaker of Apapa Local Council.
Ayinde, who hails from Ikorodu, Lagos State was born on the 24th of August, 1964 at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. He is an alumnus of Havard Business School, Boston, USA and University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Ayinde is a former security and intelligence personnel. He had previously served as chief security detail to the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from 1999 to 2007.
A source close to the chief of staff, however disclosed that he and his estranged wife have been separated for about 3 years and they finally divorced last year. “It was as a result of irreconcilable differences, he’s a good man who has right to live well.
This was one of the issues that counted against him when he contemplated contesting for the governorship, Aswaju told him that “koni yawo nile,( he doesn’t have a wife) so, if he decides to do that now,is it wrong? The source said. (First Weekly Magazine)
This was as the former Head of State, General AbdulSalami Abubakar asked Nigerians to pray for the much needed peace, unity and development of Nigeria.
General AbdulSalami Abubakar and the FIRS boss, Fowler made the calls in Zaria on Saturday at the 2018/2019 annual speech and prize giving day of the Nigerian Military School (NMS).
Fowler who had earlier commissioned the school’s Ogundeko Hall, which was newly renovated and furnished by the FIRS stressed the need for other corporate organisations to contribute to the development of security institutions.
He said, the armed forces have contributed in no small measures to the security of Nigeria against eternal and internal aggression.
According to Fowler, “Some people might be wondering what is the relationship between the military and revenue institutions like ours, but the honest truth is that, we work for the same objective of developing our nation.
“Recently when I paid courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff, I told him that, we work for the same objective, we look for the finance, you go to the war front to ensure the security our nation.
“So, the contributions and sacrifices of members of the armed forces are enormous, hence our resolve to contribute our own quota to assist them in the discharge of the responsibilities. There is however need for other corporate organisations to do same, as government alone cannot do everything.’ He said.
He however urged the graduating boys to be good ambassadors of the school, saying that, they may see their number as small in the larger society, but they should thrive to be like ’pinch of salt’ which determines the taste of a large pot of soup.
In his own address, General AbdulSalami Abubakar who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, said NMS has lived up to its expectation of producing junior leaders for the Nigerian Armed Forces.
While charging the graduating boys to prepare for the task ahead of them in the military career, the former Head of State asked Nigerians to pray for peace, unity and development of the country.
Let us all pray that the Almighty God in His infinite magnanimity grant our dear nation Nigeria the much-needed peace, tranquility and national unity, cohesion and development.” He urged.
Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant of the school, Brig-General Mohammed Bunza said, the school has maintained its old tradition of disciplined and urged graduating boys to be good ambassadors of their alma-mata.
Gen. Bunza who highlighted the challenges of the school and the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff and others to address them, expressed appreciation to the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Mr. Babatunde Fowler for remodeling and furnishing the Ogundeko Hall.
Highlights of the occasion was presentation of prizes to outstanding student who distinguished themselves in both academic and military training, as well as best teachers and instructors.