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FCMB sponsored COPA Lagos Tournament kicks-off with excitement

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The 2015 edition of COPA Lagos Beach Soccer tournament, sponsored by First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited, kicked-off yesterday (Friday, December 18, 2015) at the Eko Atlantic Beach in Lagos with soccer administrators, fans and the general public praising the Bank for raising the status of the tournament through its various supports. They also hailed the organisers, Kinetic Sports Limited, for its efforts at promoting beach soccer in Nigeria.

Among other things, the soccer enthusiasts commended FCMB for sustaining the tournament through its sponsorship and the excitement created through the various engaging and impactful activities put in place. This year’s tournament marks the fifth consecutive year that FCMB is sponsoring the soccer fiesta.

The 2015 COPA Lagos Beach Soccer tournament is featuring the national beach soccer teams of Nigeria, England, Cote D’ivoire and Lebanon. The Beach soccer teams of Barcelona Football Club of Spain, Kano Pillars, Shooting Stars Sports Club and Pepsi Football Academy; all of Nigeria, also participated in the highly colourful and entertaining 3-day soccer fiesta; all of Nigeria, are also participating in the tournament, where soccer skills are being showcased. In the opening match played on Friday, Lebanon defeated England by 4-2, just as Cote D’ivoire (the defending champion) overcame Nigeria by 6-3.

Apart from the excitement which FCMB has built around the football matches, it also has constructed a state-of-the-art lounge where customers, fans, dignitaries and celebrities can visit to relax, interact with each other and watch the football matches via TV screens mounted just for this purpose. Guests and spectators have also been provided with an opportunity to experience the unique banking services of FCMB as the sales team of the Bank is on ground to showcase its array of valued-added products and services. There is also an ATM installed at the venue for easy access to cash and other financial transactions.

Olawale Ogunbiyi, a football administrator, said that, ‘’I have been a keen follower of this tournament since 2013, because it affords me an opportunity to relax and enjoy the festive period. The presence of FCMB has continued to add 8more colour and fun to the competition. I visited the lounge and I was very impressed with what the bank has put up’’. Also speaking, a soccer fan, Ifeanyi Anumudu, commended the Bank for promoting beach soccer in the country through its sponsorship of the tournament since 2011. ‘’The bank’s involvement in this soccer showpiece has enhanced the glamour of the tournament’’.

The bank explained that its sponsorship of the tournament is due to the added value it brings the people. “Soccer is not only a great way of maintaining fitness and cardiovascular health, it is also a sport that unifies people, thereby benefiting humanity and the society. It provides people with varying demographics and social economic classes an opportunity to network and bond. We are providing guests and football fans Guests with three days of activities and engagement which include football matches, concerts, fashion shows, music, not leaving out great food and drinks. Everyone will be entertained. This is an opportunity to relax and network with dignitaries and celebrities in a fun-filled way”.

Over the years, FCMB has supported sporting activities that have wide appeal across demographic and socio economic classes in line with its value as a simple, reliable and helpful financial institution.

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Union Bank, WACOT Rice Kick Off Financial Inclusion Drive for Smallholder Farmers in Kebbi

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As part of Union Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with WACOT Rice Limited – a rice processing company, to financially include 6,000 local farmers including youth and women in Kebbi State.
The Kebbi Financial Inclusion Drive (KFID) which will cover four Local Government Areas – Argungu, Augie, Suru, and Dandi – is a critical part of WACOT’s Argungu Outgrower Expansion Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Trade Hub. This program is set to resolve the overwhelming financial inclusion deficit within rural communities in Kebbi.
The financial inclusion initiative is being implemented with technical support from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to help the farmers acquire the relevant documentation and identification required to open bank accounts.
Union Bank will facilitate account opening and expand its agency banking network to cover the areas while supporting its agents on ground with digital banking solutions to enable seamless transacting and account management.
Farouk Gumel, Chairman WACOT and Board Chair, Union Bank was on ground in Kebbi State to kick-off the drive and paid a visit to the Kebbi state Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to discuss expanding the programme state-wide.
In his recent keynote address at the recently concluded and  Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Conference, Mr. Gumel said:
 “As we work towards achieving financial inclusion to reach the unbanked, we must commit the same resources and investments to rural-local customers as we have done to urban-global clients to help create the growth that will lift us all to collective prosperity.”
WACOT Rice is a subsidiary of TGI Group. TGI Group, through another of its subsidiary Titan Trust Bank, recently acquired Union Bank in a landmark transaction which was announced in 2021.

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FIRSTBANK PARTNERS VERVE INTERNATIONAL, MAKES CUSTOMERS MILLIONAIRES IN THE FIRSTBANK VERVE CARD PROMO

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In partnership with FirstBank – Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider – Verve International, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, has launched its third National Consumer promo designed to reward users of FirstBank verve card with exciting gifts and cash prizes to appreciate their patronage and use of the card to carry-out their electronic banking transactions.

The ongoing 2-month promo will end on 30 October 2022 as 20 customers (10 customers per month) with the highest transaction count during the promo will be made millionaires, winning the sum of N1 million each. Also, N20,000 will be won by 25 customers monthly.

On the other hand, 2620 FirstBank verve cardholders that double their transactions every week, stand a chance to enjoy 10% cashback capped at N2,000 per customer.

Speaking on the promo Chuma Ezirim, Group Executive, e-Business & Retail Products, FirstBank said “we appreciate our partnership with Verve Card through the years; a partnership of empowerment and opportunities which include growing the economy, supporting new businesses and preventing unemployment. FirstBank verve card holders are encouraged to keep using their cards as it is a card offering that promotes safe, convenient and rewarding digital banking experience with 20 customers standing a chance to be millionaires at the end of the promo.”

Verve card is a secure debit card that allows cardholders to conveniently meet their daily financial needs such as payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer, etc. Verve card is accepted across all ATMs, POS, Web and Mobile Platforms in Nigeria.

The promo is also opened to new verve cardholders as non-verve cardholders are encouraged to visit the nearest FirstBank branch today to pick up a Verve card and start getting rewarded!

Only recently, FirstBank – in partnership with Verve – rewarded over 2601 FirstBank verve cardholders with various prizes; including N20,000 cash prize, N10,000 cash prize, N10,000 worth of airtime; power generating sets, refrigerator, cooking gas, smart TV and the grand prize of a brand-new car to a lucky winner.

 

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Federal Government Orders University Vice-Chancellors To Reopen Schools, Begin Lectures Amid 7 Months Lecturers’ Strike

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The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

The Nigerian government has directed vice-chancellors to re-open universities and allow students to resume lectures immediately.

The government issued the directive through the National Universities Commission (NUC), and a letter signed by its Director, Finance and Accounts, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

 

The letter which The PUNCH obtained on Monday, was reportedly addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

 

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses,” the letter partly reads.

We had reported that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing nationwide strike.

 

It reported that the umbrella body of the lecturers in public universities had declared a warning strike on February 14, to force the Nigerian Government to implement agreements it earlier signed with the union.

 

The agreement stipulated how university education would be funded for better improvement.

 

The strike has since rolled over and is now in its seventh month following the government’s failure to implement all the agreements.

 

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.

 

Consequently, the Federal Government went to court to challenge the strike.

 

The government through its counsel, James Igwe, prayed the court for an interlocutory injunction restraining ASUU from taking further steps as regards the strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

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