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Heritage Bank empowers 600 women across Nigeria on International Women’s Day

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Heritage Bank Limited, Nigeria’s most innovative banking services provider, has empowered over 600 women across the country as part of activities to mark the International Women’s Day tagged: “Be Bold for Change.”

The bank organised a training programme with theme: Emerging Female Entrepreneurs Forum for women in Benin, the Edo state capital, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Minna in Niger State and in Lagos respectively.

The United Nations adopted March 8 every year to celebrate women in honour of the remarkable contributions by women to the global society. The day also commemorates the inspiring roles of women around the world to secure their rights and build more equitable societies.

Addressing participants in Lagos, Cynthia Erigbuem, Group Head, Market Intelligence & Analytics, Retail Banking of Heritage Bank noted that the bank recognized that this group of stakeholders play a vital role in driving retail business and that is why it is partnering with them to achieve its corporate goals.

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“Our culture is predisposed to welcome every woman and her vision into our mind-set of creativity and knowledge, helping her to grow her business beyond where she can ever imagine by offering specialized products and services for her business,” adding that “by our very nature, our services are personal, and deliberately approached from a bespoke angle, to simplify her life and business so as to be able to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.”

Erigbuem observed that Heritage Bank is a leading Nigerian bank with an excellent service culture hinged on working with each customer to create a name and heritage for today and for future generations. With the ideals of Service, Performance, Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Tenacity and Excellence forming core values, we have set out to redefine the concept of banking for the quintessential customer.”

In order to achieve this goal, she stated that Heritage Bank specializes in products and services that are tailored towards the specific needs of women, irrespective of their age and social status.

According to her, such products that can be exploited by women to their advantage are Power Base, Why BankMy Family, HB Concourse and SME Business Advisory Services.

She listed 10 financial literacy tips for the emerging female entrepreneurs to be successful in business: keep records such as bank statements, receipts, invoices; write down your business goals, make your bank account officer your best friend and have a separate account for your business.

Others are know your financial personality, identify your business needs and wants, take advantage of banking channels/products for ease of business dealings; save, no loose change; bank your money, avoid losing income and pay your taxes when due  as well as measure business performance against your goals.

Other facilitators at the Lagos forum were Mrs. Ini Abimbola, CEO/Lead Consultant, ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited; Mrs. Adetayo Otun, CEO, Ambassador Kitchen and Catering Services and Mrs. Oluwakemi Oduntan, a legal practitioner among others.

In a keynote address, Ms.O Idahosa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Benin City, Edo State said growing a successful business required hardwork and knowledge of the business, determination and a personal resolve to be a solution to a problem or a supplier of a need.

She enjoined the women entrepreneurs to ensure that a product must satisfy an immediate need, develop a complete business before starting; offer good quality at a fair price, be careful with money- cash flow is essential; maximise marketing opportunities, love your customers and never give up.

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Just In: President Tinubu approves N70,000 minimum wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

 

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Gov. Zulum Clarifies Son’s Purported Killing Of Chinese National At Indian Nightclub

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The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has denied reports alleging that one of the sons has been arrested and sentenced to prison for the murder of some Indian citizens.

Reports has it that there were unverified rumours, especially on social media platforms, alleging that the first son of the governor, Umar Zulum Umara, killed the Chinese national during a fight at an Indian nightclub.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, dismissed the reports in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, no son of the governor was arrested or charged with any crime.

The statement read, “attention of the Borno State Governor’s Media Unit has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizens.

“This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

“The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

“We hereby warned Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”

 

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Over 600,000 Nigerians sought asylum abroad under Buhari – Report

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Over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, which were years under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was President from 2015 to 2023 and handed over to President Bola Tinubu who was sworn in on May 29, 2023, after winning in the general elections the same year.

According to a report released on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, by Statisense, a data collection organisation, of a total of 664,384 in eight years, 355,792 persons sought asylum between 2016 and 2019 while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023.

The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023.

The report was posted on the organisation’s X.com handle @StatiSense, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In another report shared by the organisation on Wednesday, it was stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Another report also revealed that Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.  It stated that 1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America.

Source: The Punch

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