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FCMB Opens Flexx Hub, Creates Fun Banking Arena for Youths

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First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited is set to launch its first Flexx Hub, an exclusive banking arena for its youth customers who hold a Flexx account. The flagship Flexx Hub is located at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, popularly called MediLag and the bank has unveiled a week-long launch event which began on Monday July 18, 2016 with exciting and fun activities to culminate in the Grand Opening of the Flexx Hub this Friday, July 22, 2016.

 

With a rich and deep content format hardly seen before now, the Flexx Hub Launch Week will feature a line-up of activities including appearances by popular celebrities, such as music artistes, DJs, photographers, Radio On-Air-Personalities, personal finance planners, entrepreneurial coaches and much more. In addition, there will be music, dance, game shows and talent contests, where participating youths will get a chance to win a daily Smartphone prize and stand a chance to win the Grand Prize of a Hyundai Veloster in the ongoing Flexx Promo.

 

Speaking on the Flexx Hub launch and what makes Flexx different from the generic offering for young people in the Nigerian Banking space, the Divisional Head, Retail Banking at First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mr. Olu Akanmu said,

 

Flexx is not just an account but a lifestyle platform that offers a customer experience centred around Fun, Future and Banking. The tripod of ‘FFB’ is served through digital channels that fit into the lifestyle of the Flexx target market which include the Mobile App, a Microsite and an Online Account Opening platform, all of which allow a potential Flexx customer open an account with FCMB without having to visit a branch. What the physical structure of the Flexx Hub brings to the table is a further  simplification of banking as we know it and a place for young customers to breeze through those unavoidably physical‎banking transactions, while enjoying access to free extras such as wifi, charging ports etc. Ultimately, the goal is to demystify and remove the rigours of banking, so that members of the youth market are happy to come “Flexx @ The Hub” whenever the need arises. This is the first Flexx Hub we are opening, with many more to be opened in campuses across Nigeria before the end of 2016″.

 

 

FCMB’s Flexx proposition is targeted at young people who are actively seeking platforms which allow them to express their uniqueness, while building skills for financial success. A youth-centric banking product, Flexx is designed to meet the overall financial needs of young people within the age range of 18 and 35 years, where and how they want those needs met. This is summarized in the description of Flexx as “An app. A card. An account”, which gives account holders the freedom to bank on the go using the Flexx Mobile App. The Flexx card makes it convenient for them to withdraw cash, make payments online and on Point-of-Sale machines, as well as access exclusive discounts and freebies from Flexx partners. In addition to all of these, Flexxers‎get access to relevant fun and lifestyle information, as well as entrepreneurial tips, guides and events that help them build skills needed to achieve life aspirations and survive in the real world. This interesting departure from the common market offering gives the account holder a unique opportunity to “flexx” (a popular expression which means to “show off”) and express a lifestyle that will be the envy of their peers who do not have a Flexx account.

 

 

While responding to why FCMB is investing so heavily in banking solutions that foster youth capacity building, the Group Head, Corporate Affairs of the bank, Mr. Diran Olojo said,

“The youth segment is critical to our success as a retail brand. We are positioning FCMB as a youthful, vibrant and accessible brand and this segment is instrumental in harnessing that positioning for various reasons, including the population size in comparison to other segments, being about 42% of Nigeria’s population, reference to a National Bureau of Statistics’ report. In addition, we believe our differentiated approach with the Flexx account of focusing not just on fun and lifestyle, but also on their future and helping them develop the skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs and business people is something that is attractive to the youth. This is a very important aspect in helping them to prepare for a successful future.”

Mr. Olojo said the Bank is focusing on the opportunity to develop sustainable relationships with the youth segment, even though they may currently have little disposable income.

 

“Our investment in this segment in the short term is to onboard them as early adopters and provide them with a platform that encourages sustainable self-development as we partner them through various life cycles into adulthood”, the FCMB brand custodian, concluded.

 

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited is a member of FCMB Group Plc, which is one of the leading financial services institutions in Nigeria with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments. Having successfully transformed to a retail and commercial banking-led group, FCMB expects to continue to distinguish itself by delivering exceptional customer experience, while empowering its customers to achieve their aspirations.

 

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Controversial Sterling Bank caught in the act! CBN sanctions, parades officials for hoarding new naira notes [VIDEO]

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Officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in Sterling Bank Plc, Ado Ekiti branch on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks, THE WITNESS reports.

 

In a trending video on social media, seen by THE WITNESS, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place.

 

The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.

 

The CBN official said, “I am currently at Sterling Bank, on Bank Road as part of the new naira notes monitoring compliance with the guidelines by CBN. They have N6 million, which they collected from the bank for almost two weeks, they have not disbursed any. They said they are yet to configure their ATMs, I do not know why that and I have brought attention to the penalty clause of N1 million per day, because they have five ATMs here, they have no reason for keeping this money.

 

“The zonal service manager, Tunde Onipede promised that by 10:00am latest tomorrow (Monday), because I told him by latest 10:00 am I’ll be here and I want to see the machine dispensing this money.

 

“What is the name again? Olumide Owolabi (Service Manager, Ado) & Motunrayo Babayele. My name is Oluwole Owoeye and I am a deputy director of CBN.”

 

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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.

 

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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.

 

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