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ACCESS BANK IS NAMED BEST LOCAL BANK IN NIGERIA

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Access Bank Plc, One of Africa’s leading Banks, with operations across Sub-Saharan

Africa and the UK, has further consolidated its position as a service focused bank in

Nigeria by been adjudged the “Best Local Bank in Nigeria 2014” by EMEA Finance

Magazine.

The award recognizes the impressive achievements made by Access Bank over the

past year. This includes a successful bond offering in June which raised $400m of

additional capital for the bank to finance growth of the loan book, as well as impressive

financial results which demonstrate strong progress made in earnings and deposit

growth.

Access Bank’s Chief Executive, Herbert Wigwe, said: “We are honored to receive this

award. It is formal recognition of the talents, expertise and hard work of all our staff and

I want to take this opportunity to thank them”.

“In just ten years Access Bank has grown from a start-up to being the fourth largest

bank in Nigeria but we have always remained true to our guiding principle of serving

the customer first and foremost. We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we

do”.

The Bank was earlier this year adjudged the best Nigerian company in corporate

citizenship in the first ever competitive index on corporate social responsibility in

Nigeria, by CSR-in-Action. It also won the Best Bank In CSR at the recently held

Business Day award. Access Bank is rated B (Fitch) and A+ Agusto & Co.

Access Bank Plc has also recently introduced several innovative business solutions

this year like the launch of its online community “W”, which provides a forum for women

to share information and experiences, it also unveiled the Maternal Health Support

Scheme (MHSS) and exciting banking solutions designed to cater for the financial and

lifestyle needs of women.

According to the award organizers, the award recognizes financial institutions that

are industry leaders, consistently report strong financial performance and significantly

contribute to the quality of service offered by the financial services industry within their

country and across the African continent. The Bank was chosen from several entries

from around Africa.

The awards will be officially presented to the Bank at an award ceremony which will be

held in London in December.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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Poverty, Hunger in the Country, Okowa Blames APC

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…says Delta healthcare will curb medical tourism

Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, said that poor management of the nation’s economy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) caused the rising hunger and poverty in the country.

He stated this at an empowerment programme for the people of Ika Federal Constituency at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Council by the member representing the constituency at the House of Representatives, Mr. Victor Nwokolo.

The governor, who commended Nwokolo for his gesture, described the event as “empowerment programme with a difference. He said Nigeria was troubled because people were hungry and out of job due to mismanagement of the nation’s economy.

He added that even students were having lots of challenges because their parents could not meet their needs owing to the level of poverty resulting from ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the PDP, saying it was the only party with clear understanding of the nation’s challenges and had clear solution to rescue the nation.

Earlier, Nwokolo said his motive for the empowerment was to restore hope to the hopeless amid rising hunger and poverty in the land.

MEANWHILE, Okowa, also at the different forum, said the huge investment being made by his administration in the health sector was to improve healthcare delivery and reduce medical tourism in the country.

He disclosed this in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting facilities at the Advanced Diagnostic Medical Centre and Mother and Child Hospital, Owa-Alero in Ika Council of the state.

He said the twin medical facilities would, on completion, reduce medical tourism as it would provide first-class medical services to people who would have sought medical treatment abroad.

“I am glad we have gotten to this stage. I had high hopes that by today, we would have inaugurated these projects.

“The equipment are fully on site and we are trying to get things fully sorted out and I am sure that in the next one month, it should be ready and opened to the public for use.

“The two projects are obviously very important. The Mother and Child, as it is so stated, is supposed to take care of every illness concerning our women and children,” he said.

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