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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.

 

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited

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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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