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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Access Bank, Innoson Motors, others partner with Stanel on youths development



Access More With Stanel Master Class tagged ‘Become More’ held in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Wednesday was a huge success and attended by over ten thousand participants from across the country.
In his remarks, Stanel Group Chairman, Dr. Stanley Uzochukwu who was overwhelmed by the overcrowded participants, said that he brought up the programme in partnership with the Access Bank and Anambra State government as well as his personal efforts in bringing all the business leaders in various industries together so as to impact the lives of Nigerian teaming youths for a better future.
Declaring the record-breaking event open, Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, enjoyed the youths to shun drugs, cultism and other social vices saying instead, they should embrace productive ventures like his good friend, Stanley Uzochukwu. The governor also revealed that Anambra State government has allocated another land for Stanel within the state where he was currently building agricultural plant to rear cows for full scale production of milk and beef for both local and export consumption.
More inspiring was a brief personal biography shared by the CEO of Innoson Motors, Mr Innocent Chukwuma on how he started as a less privileged illiterate but now has more than seven honorary degrees from different universities, a Chancellor of a university as well as a well-known personality all over the country today.
He thanked the convener of the ‘Access More With Stanel Master Class’ and Chairman of Stanel Group, Dr Stanley Uzochukwu for giving him the opportunity to reach out to Nigerian teaming youths in their early age so that they could start early.
According to him (Innoson), “My friend and Stanel Boss, Stanly Uzochukwu came to my house for this invitation to be here today but I told him I won’t come. Why I told him I won’t come is that, he came to my house in convoy of about seven exotic cars but none of the cars was Innoson Car. I then said it to his face that if he didn’t buy my car, I won’t come and he called his finance manager to come to my house immediately and right there they made payment for six Innoson motors including G-Wagon and Hilux. That’s why I tried as much as possible to be here today despite my tight schedules”.
The guest speaker, Prof Pat Utomi stressed on Nigerian government to provide enabling environment for entrepreneurship development in the country. According to him, “government is the biggest risk of business ventures in Nigeria”, while citing lack of capital project continuation by successive governments as factor.
Another speaker, Prof Lilian Orogbu while doing justice to the theme of the event, ‘Become More’ also charged the audience on mentorship saying, “Don’t learn from experience but learn from the experienced”.
Other guest speakers include HRH Igwe Alfred Achebe, Managing Director of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe (ably represented), Chairman of OilServ, Chief Emeka Okwuosa, Chairperson of Brittania-U Nigeria Limited (BUNL) and Brittania-U Ghana Limited (BUGL), Barr. Catherine Uju Ifejika.
The event was attended by politicians, business leaders, government functionaries, vendors, artists and Access Bank representatives.

WE’VE WEAKENED KIDNAPPERS’ CAPABILITY IN LAGOS – SANWO-OLU



Security strategies put in place by the Lagos State Government has yielded fruits with the reduction in the spate of crime in the State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed on Tuesday.
Sanwo-Olu said some of the security challenges inherited by his administration at inception had been largely contained, but said his Government was not resting on its oars to keep the State safe for business and living.
The Governor made the disclosure after the State’s final Security Council meeting in the year. After the meeting held behind closed doors in Alausa, Sanwo-Olu led members of the Council to brief the State House reporters about security actions to be taken by the Government in the coming New Year.
Sanwo-Olu said incessant kidnapping was part of the security challenges facing the State when he took over the leadership in May 2019. He noted that strategies deployed by the Government to confront the scourge had significantly brought down kidnapping and led to positive reviews of the crime in the final quarter of the outgoing year.
He said: “Today is our last Security Council meeting in the year and there have been positive reviews we have achieved based on the results from the measures we put in place to contain security challenges we inherited. There are lots of new security strategies we are embarking on next year.
“As the Chief Security Officer of the State, I can confirm that activities of Security Council has made Lagos safer than it was when we took over. We will continue to make the State secure for all law-abiding residents and visitors.”
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, corroborated the Governor’s submission as he reviewed security operations in the outgoing year. He said security operatives had weakened the capacity of kidnappers in the State, adding that the Council remained vigilant to consolidate on the progress achieved.
He said: “The kidnapping issue has gone down drastically; those coming to Lagos for businesses should know that they are safe. But, we remain vigilant. We believe it is still the collective effort of everyone to ensure kidnapping becomes a thing of the past in Lagos.”
Odumosu also disclosed that implementation of the State Government’s amnesty offered repentant secret cultists would start in the New Year, noting that the amnesty would be complemented with an integration programme for the pardoned cultists.
Besides, Odumosu said the Council would be initiating new policy to curtail the activities of commercial motorcycles, known as Okada, on the highways. This plan, the Lagos Police Boss said, will be rolled out within the first four weeks in 2020.
“We are introducing a policy to contain the menace of Okada riders and tricycles, and this policy will be fully implemented. We will be unveiling the plan in a few weeks and it will be sustainable. The plan will not be without a human-face, but we expect all the commercial motorcycle operators to comply with the policy,” Odumosu said.
There will be more punitive actions to be taken against those engaging in one-way driving, the Commissioner of Police warned, adding that driving against the traffic is now being considered as a major security issue in Lagos.
The Police Commissioner said: “While we roll out more security plans to keep everyone safe, we urge members of the public to be security conscious. We have reviewed the progress and setbacks we recorded in the outgoing year, but we will be deploying more strategies next year to ensure improved performance in our security operations across the State.”
SIGNED
GBOYEGA AKOSILE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

DECEMBER 31, 2019

Customers Groan Under FCMB's Poor Service Delivery




Numerous customers of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) who thronged the Sango-Ota branch of the bank in Ogun State  lamented poor service delivery by staffers of the financial institution, yesterday.

The customers who visited the bank to make transactions for the festive period, were disappointed with the inept attitude of the staff who abandoned customers on a long queue without attending to them. 

Some of the customers who spoke with THE ENCOUNTER NEWS regretted banking with the financial institution for their poor service delivery and customer care service.

One of them, Mr. Semiu Babatunde, described the experience as horrible and unpalatable. 

Semiu noted that while the banking hall was  crowded with hundreds of customers, just two cashiers were at the counter to attend to them, making an ordinary banking transaction that ought to have ended in minutes, to drag into hours of waiting.
 

He said:"We don't even know if this is a bank or market place because of the multitude crowd that usually besiege this place. On daily basis we are forced to go through this horrible experience. 

"Imagine, I was here since 8:30am just to make a withdrawal of N50,000, but to my shocking surprise, I didn't left the banking hall until 12:45pm. As a civil servant I had to pleaded with my boss in office to escape query. 

"There are many customers coming to the bank everyday, but there are shortage of staff to attend to customers and when they are under pressure, they will talk to customers anyhow without any regard. 

"This is absurd and palatable. Unfortunately, the manager of the bank seems to be incapable because he doesn't save the situation. He has refused caution his staff despite several complainants."

Meanwhile, the Corporate Affairs Manager of the bank, Mr. Louis Ibe when contacted told our reporter to send complaint to his email address. 

But after seven hours of endless wait, he replied "Just entering Lagos, though on leave, I will need some time to reachout to the BM in Sango, and revert with appropriate response. Regards"

Ayadecare to register one million people in 2020


Ayadecare  to register one million people in 2020

To ensure positive agenda setting in the health sector in the year 2020, the Cross River State government, is to Register one million people under its social health insurance scheme known as Ayadecare.

In the same vein, to ensure   health facilities in the state, are up and ready within the first 3 months in the new year, the state government intends to make 12 millionaires amongst the poor and vulnerable .

On the much awaited Calabar Pharmaceutical Company, the state government stated that the company will commence test-run operations within 6 months, in the new year  while revealing that N 100 million naira has been made available for the smooth take off of the Ayadecare program in the state.

The measures, according to the state government will ensure the Ayadecare scheme commence fully in all its general hospitals and primary healthcare facilities one per ward across the state.

It would be recalled that the Ayadecare scheme was signed into law by Governor Ben Ayade, in 2016, and was flagged off.

Disclosing this and other important plans of the government to reform the health sector in the state, the newly appointed commissioner of health, Dr Betta Edu, also revealed plans to introduce health lottery in the state where people can play and win monies.

In addition, she stated that the state government would be using basic healthcare provision funds to fix all the healthcare centres in the state and would provide funds for their  operations.

Further buttressing the determination of the state government, Dr Betta Edu, said there would an overhaul of the entire general hospitals in the state, as all the 15 general hospitals in the state have been placed on red alert.

In her words:"we intend to renovate, equip and bring doctors ànd healthcare workers on locum basics,employ some permanently into the service, employ house officers and collaborate with federal ministry of health, and teaching hospital residence to do their posting at our general hospitals.

"to integrate the whole health sector including all the agencies in the health sector and help them to function effectively in no areas lacking behind." She added 

On the plan to create 12 millionaires, the commissioner said the millionaires will emerge when a person register up to 10 persons which will make them qualify to win the one million naira. The draws will be taking place every month thereby creating 12 millionaires at the end of the year.

Union Bank Opens Two New Branches in Anambra State



Head, Distribution and Channels Union Bank, Lola Cardoso; Principal Secretary to the Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Nwokoye; Chief Executive Officer Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa and Osojeze Amawbia, HRH Arc. Emeka Maduka at the launch of Union Bank’s new branch in Amawbia, Anambra State, recently.
Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, recently launched full-service ultra-modern branches in Ekwulobia and Amawbia, Anambra state. The branches were opened as part of the Bank’s continued efforts to provide its customers with simpler and smarter banking services. The locations of the new branches take into consideration banking convenience for residents and businesses in these communities.
Speaking at the launch, Emeka Emuwa, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank said the branches would give the Bank’s customers increased access to a reliable and efficient banking experience and actively promote financial inclusion within the community. According to him:
“We are delighted at the opportunity to bring our signature banking services to you right where you are. At Union Bank, we believe banking should be simple, smart and relevant to the needs of the customer. It is this customer-focused outlook that drives us to continuously improve on our products and services across all our touchpoints as we strive to deliver our signature simpler, smarter banking.”
Speaking at the event in Amawbia, Mr. Willie Nwokoye, the representative of the Executive Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano, praised Union Bank’s focus on ensuring excellent service delivery. He said,
“Union Bank has honoured our people with this establishment. We thank the Management and staff for seeing the potential economic case in Amawbia, and we are confident our people will support the growth of the Bank.”
The new branches are equipped to cater to the banking needs of all categories of customers including individuals, small businesses and larger organisations, reiterating Union Bank’s commitment to providing its valued customers with excellent banking services that enable their success.

Enjoy Pleasurable New Year Day Banking with *326#




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With expenses piling up this season, we have you covered. Carry out transactions using *326# at zero session charges so even when you are out of airtime, you can still transact the merry and mobile way. Whatever you do this holiday, our mobile solutions are available to add tons of merriment to your season!

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Monday, December 30, 2019

All Set For 2019 K-1 Live-In-Concert



Barring any hitch, come Monday the 30th of December, it will be another auspicious moment of music and comedy for the annual K1- Live In Concert Show.
The event which has been a show-stopper since it started some years back will be held at the prestigious Oriental Hotels Victoria Island Lagos. As usual, the concert promises to bring undiluted fun to guest as a wrap-up of the gladsome year in order to usher in another millinium.
The event which has proven to have the magnectic power of pulling together the crème de la crème of the society will not fail in this regard going by the plans already on ground.
Expected to perform alongside Mayegun Of Yorubaland designate, K1 De Ultimate, are top artistes like 9ice, Burna Boy, Idowest, Zlatan Ibile, Slimcase, Jaywon,Dammy Krane, Terry Apala, Naira Marley and a host of popular Nigerian comedians. The event is bound to show another side of K1 as the undisputed Fuji Lord


Sunday, December 29, 2019

2020 : Prophet TB Joshua goes to the mountain to seek God’s face



Foremost and internationally recognized Man of God, Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of Synagogue Church of all nations(SCOAN) has relocated to the mountain in order to seek God’s face and direction for 2020.

This was announced during a live service at his church in Lagos by one of his ministers , Prophet Racine, who read a letter to the congregation that cut across all nations and explaining why TB Joshua was not in service .

The minister who was with Prophet TB Joshua earlier at the mountain stated that he and some other ministers had to return from the mountain for the church service  but the man of God had to stay back because God has not released him and also because of the things he saw ahead of 2020.

He said even though he isn’t in their midst physically, he was there spiritually because there is need for him to seek God’s face towards the coming year.

 "The man of God Prophet TB Joshua will not be in our midst physically because he is at the prayer mountain. Take note of the word ‘physically’ – in body he will not be here but he is with us in spirit.

We too were at the mountain. We only returned for the service – but he remained behind. He is concerned about all that is about to happen in the New Year ahead around the world’’

He did a flashback to January 2019 when the Man Of God went to the mountain to pray and seek God’s sake for the year, making it known that all what God showed him came to pass.

‘’ Remember what God showed him in the same mountain at the beginning of this year – what would happen. Now he is back there to know what will happen next year. Let us listen to what God showed him.

This has been played thousands of times on Emmanuel TV. When it was playing at the beginning from January 4th, you were not taking it seriously. Today, you and I will agree that this year is so fearful’’

Afterwards, a video of Prophet TB Joshua on the mountain was played. It was reinstated that the man of God has the whole world in mind and it was due to this reason that he was absent  from the church service.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Yuletide Season: Metal Company gives over 1100 bags of rice, cash gifts, others to workers





A metal company, Everest Metal Nigeria Limited has distributed over 1100 bags of rice, cash gifts and other food item as a Christmas gifts to all the factory workers and staff, including the contractor labour.

This is to allow workers and people of the community to enjoy the Yuletide season.

Presenting the items, the managing director of the company, Mr Vikas Das, Factory managy, Mr Uma Shankar, the HRM Mr Akinde Adebayo together with Mr Shyam disclosed that some of the items are, bag of rice, Semovita, food and drinks.

Mr Vikas explained that to ensure that the factory workers live in good condition, they have as well pay one month bonus to all the factory staff.

Commenting on the gesture, Vikas noted that it is important to identify and put a smile on their worker's face especially during and after any festive period.

He hinted that Christians all over the world mark December 25 of every year as Christmas day, in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ, adding that it is important to use the opportunity to give out to people.


According to him, this season is for giving, love and warmth. We (company) have done the part will can as the head of the company to make sure our workers are well treated, and we do treat them well, not only because it's Xmas Eve, Vikas said.

He reiterated that the gifts was aimed at alleviating and to reduce much borden from their workers, saying that, those that collected rice and Semovita wouldn't have that in there budget again.

He added that, no fewer than 600 staff were present during the end of year party because many night duty workers was not able to join the party.

He therefore appealed to all the workers, staff and all the contractor labour to continue to show cooperation and support with the company in other to continue recording success achievement.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry & Mobile Season with the New Ecobank Mobile App






Christmas is typically a fun-filled season for everyone; for parents it’s a time to spend time with their children, for friends it’s a time to enjoy the company of one another and for kids it’s a time to see Santa Claus. For everyone, it’s generally a time of merriment. Regardless of which category you belong, one thing is clear – Christmas is the busiest time of the year; with holidays, travel, shopping, and festivities.
With so many activities to engage in during this season, the last thing you want to worry about is how to carry out your transactions, seamlessly and effortlessly. To help you get around this season the merry and mobile way, we have made exciting new updates to our mobile banking app, Ecobank Mobile. It offers a brand-new, better, faster experience. The Ecobank Mobile version 4.0 is already available for download at Apple and Android app stores. If you’re wondering why you need to download this new version, here are some cool reasons why:
Less clicks more bliss; you now get your registration and log in done faster coupled with more exciting, intuitive and interactive interface.
No need for account numbers. Send money to anyone via email or SMS. Simply select the recipient from your Contacts and send money to their email or phone number. They will be able to get the money even if they don’t have an Ecobank account.
Need some raise to get through this season? Request money from friends and loved ones via the app.
Create virtual cards for safe shopping. Enjoy the convenience of a virtual card without worrying about it being linked to your account. No strings attached! Create as many virtual cards as possible and gift them this season.
Split the bill fuss-free. Going out with buddies this season? We make it easy. Share the expenses as you desire, your friends will get notifications on what they need to refund you. It’s a smart way to get your money back without hounding.
Personalised experience- this app knows you, recognises your face and fingerprints. The new version comes with biometrics and Face ID to ensure super safe login.
Pay like a Boss withEcobankPay: Don’t let long queues disrupt your rhythm this holiday. Pay the fast and stress-free way with EcobankPay on Ecobank Mobile. Simply scan the QR code or dial 3266AmountTerminal ID# to pay.  Cash and POS are not the only way, save yourself POS charges; make the switch to EcobankPay. When next you are at the store and need to pay, ask the merchant for Ecobank.

Lagos Online Media Publishers Salute UBA Staff, Abiodun Coker on his birthday



 Energetic UBA Staff Abiodun Coker is a year older today.


As the world is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ all over the world, another fantastic staff of one of the top banks in Nigeria, United Bank for Africa, Abiodun Coker is a year older today.


Abiodun, a young man who is gifted, intelligent, energetic and media friendly will be celebrating his birthday in Lagos with family, friends and  well wishers.



Over the years, Abiodun who is a strong Member of UBA External Relations Team has been working tirelessly, contributing all his efforts and Energy  for the growth of the leading bank in Africa.



In a birthday message issued by the Lagos State Online Media Publishers Chairman, Adeyemi Obadimu eulogized Abiodun Coker and pray that Almighty God will bless him with peace and happiness on this unique  day.

Obadimu said the publishers appreciate his support for the media, therefore wishes the Abiodun divine  peace and Long life.

''On this special day of yours we all pray that the good Lord gives you all the joy and blessing that your heart can contain.

 
''No doubt, he is one who is worth celebrating, looking at his life style, his meekness and the kind of life he's  living.'' Obadimu added.




Happy Birthday To You Abiodun Coker, Age With Mega Grace.
Greeting's From All Of Us At Lagos State Online Media Publisher.

Aftermath Of Tb Joshua Visit To South Sudan: Kiir, Machar Sues For Peace




Just few weeks after Prophet TB Joshua's prophetic visit to South Sudan, what has never happened has occurred.

The President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar on Monday agreed talks on all the outstanding issues to go underway after Christmas and New Year holidays.

The decision by the two principles to press ahead with more talks comes amid growing international pressure as a deadline looms in February for them to form a unity government.

Tut Gatluak, Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, told reporters after the meeting at the Presidential Palace that the two leaders agreed that face-to-face meetings will continue after Christmas and New Year holidays.

He pointed out that Kiir and Machar discussed “the implementation of the peace agreement and agreed to maintain communication on pending issues.”

“Dr. Machar is expected to travel to Khartoum on Tuesday, but he will come back to Juba after the holiday season,” Tut said.

According to the presidential adviser, the two principles reaffirmed their commitment to ensure that lasting peace is achieved in South Sudan.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek have wished the people of South Sudan a happy holiday. We want to assure the public that next year will be a year of peace and tranquillity,” he said.

Last week, Kiir and Machar ended days of meetings without breaking a deadlock over the number of states and their boundaries.

Both sides however expressed hope that South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza, who mediates the talks on the number of states and their boundaries, could play a big role in bridging the divergent viewpoints of the rival parties in January.

It would be recalled that The President of Sudan had earlier invited Prophet TB Joshua for prayers for peace in the nation on November 12, which he honoured.

Temitope Balogun Joshua also known as T. B. Joshua is a Nigerian pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist. He founded The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, and owns the Christian television network Emmanuel TV.

It should also be noted that TB Joshua gained prominence in South Sudan for his alleged prophecy of a failed coup attempt against President Salva Kiir before the conflict erupted in 2013. And since his visits to South Sudan since November 2019, chains of positive reactions have been an occurrence in the country .

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Union Bank Spreads Cheer this Festive Season

Union Bank has embarked on its 2019 UnionCares charity drive, spreading 
cheer to the less privileged, and putting smiles on the faces of thousands across the country. 
This is in line with the financial institution’s commitment to support the communities within 
which it operates.
UnionCares is an annual initiative jointly sponsored and carried out by Union Bank and its 
employees, to give back to the society. This year, 7,500 care bags containing staple food items 
were distributed to people living in underserved communities nationwide. 
The Bank also made financial donations to a total of 60 Non-Governmental Organisations 
(NGOs) in support of their activities. Some of the recipients include Zinnok Initiatives for 
Women and Children, Abia; Ishiba Development and Empowerment Centre, Abuja; Naza 
Agape Foundation, Plateau and Wesley Schools for the Hearing impaired, Lagos. 
The Bank’s Head of Corporate Communication and Marketing, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem 
described the exercise as one of the ways in which the Bank supports charitable causes and 
contributes to the wellbeing of the needy, particularly during the festive season. 
According to her; “Union Bank has a strong legacy of supporting the communities we serve. We 
remain focused on leading the charge for social responsibility and impact, an 
outlook that underpins our choice of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. 
Our UnionCares initiative gives us the opportunity to touch as many lives as 
possible during the festive season and it is rewarding to see the level of impact 
the initiative has created.” 
Since its inception in 2016, UnionCares has come to be regarded as a viable platform which 
supports the less privileged in the society. 
In 2018, Union Bank received the ‘Peoples’ Choice Award for the Most Outstanding 
Company in CSR/Sustainability’ at the Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards 
(SERAS), and emerged 2
nd Runner up in the Most Responsible Company award category at 
SERAS 2019, underscoring Union Bank’s role as a socially conscious organisation, actively 
supporting its host communities.