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UNION BANK: How to Achieve your SMART Financial Goals in 2016

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Everyone desires financial success, but that desire must be matched with SMART financial goals to translate to success.
Most times, we set financial goals that are self-defeating. The reason why it seems like New Year resolutions to eat healthier or exercise regularly almost always fail by the second month of the year is because most times, we do not set clear parameters for success. In the end, our resolution becomes merely a wish.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. financial goals forces us to become accountable and ensures that we actualize our goals towards financial security.
With a brand promise to make banking simply and smarter, Union Bank has created several solutions to ensure that customers meet their financial goals when they make SMART decisions about their finances.
MAKING S.M.A.R.T FINANCIAL GOALS:
1. BE SPECIFIC
First, your financial goals should be as specific as possible in order to successfully achieve exactly what you want. Always include as much detail as possible.
How much do I earn?
How much do I spend?
What are my fixed expenses?
How much disposable income do I have?
Being able to answer this questions then you can know exactly how much you have to spend.
Union Bank created the UnionKorrect savings scheme to conveniently help its customers achieve their financial goals. Whether your dream is to buy a car or save towards the purchase of a land, with as little as N5000 monthly savings with your UnionKorrect account, we will set you on a path to achieving your dream over a set period of time. In addition, with UnionKorrect customers stand a chance to win up to N1million in a quarterly draw. With UnionKorrect, you can save small and do big things. To open a UnionKorrect account, call 0700 700 7000.

2. YOUR GOAL SHOULD BE MEASURABLE
In order to achieve your goal, it must be measurable. For example, simply saying “I want to save more” is not measurable. Even if you have a vague idea of what that would mean for yourself, you have no way of knowing when you’ve achieved it or how you plan to achieve it. If you were to say, “I would like to save N1, 000,000 in 4 years for a plot of land” this would be measurable and achievable with a UnionKorrect account. A standing instruction is placed on your existing Union Bank account and your UnionKorrect account is credited monthly with starting at N5000 or any multiple amount you specify.
A standing order (or a standing instruction) is an instruction a bank account holder gives to his or her bank to pay a set amount at regular intervals to another account.
3. IS YOUR GOAL ATTAINABLE?
Ensure to set financial goals that are attainable. This is why setting specific, detailed goals are important. By identifying what you hope to achieve, you can identify potential roadblocks and obstacles that could make it difficult to get where you want to be financially.
4. BE REALISTIC
Much like your goal should be attainable, it should also be realistic. While we aren’t suggesting that realistic should equal easy, ensure that your goals present a challenge you are able to overcome. It will take effort but it is not impossible.
5. TIMELY
Lastly, ensure that your goal is timely. In order to be measurable, your goals must have a well-defined timeframe. Often times, we do not consider time when we set our goals and it leads us to setting high expectations over a short period of time, causing us to abandon our goals midway when we don’t see the desired progress. UnionKorrect is a tenured savings solution that helps you achieve financial progress over a reasonably set period of time ensuring that you are not overstretched as you work towards your financial goals.
So, have you set your SMART financial goals? Call Union Bank today on 0700 700 7000 and sign up for UnionKorrect or any of our other financial solutions to help you achieve you goals.
Not a Union Bank customer yet? Visit any of our branches or Smarter Banking Centers and select the right financial solution for you.
Our Smarter Banking centers are self-service branches designed for technology savvy customers who want quick, easy, on-the-go banking.
With other smart solutions like UnionMobile – our mobile banking app and our online banking platform UnionOnline, you can access secure and convenient banking services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To learn more about how Union Bank is making banking simpler and smarter, please visit www.unionbankng.com and follow us on social media
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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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