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IMO Election: Nigeria Seeks Return To Council.

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-IMO Commend NIMASA On Result Of Member State Audit Scheme Result.

Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency, George Oguntade has assured the international maritime community of the commitment of the Federal Government to enhanced security on Nigerian waters. This was as the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA Dr Dakuku Peterside announced Nigeria’s quest to return to Category C of the IMO Council at an election scheduled to take place later this year.

 

He stated this at the dinner hosted in honor of a delegation from Nigeria at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization, IMO with the Secretary General Mr Kitac Lim leading other Permanent and Alternate Representatives to the dinner which also had the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety Education and Administration, Honorable Linda Ikpeazu in attendance.

Ambassador Oguntade who also doubles as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the IMO said that the Nigerian government is committed to providing conducive environment for business in the Nigerian maritime sector to thrive. He noted that the Global Maritime Security Conference Nigeria has committed to host from 7th – 9th October this year is another show of assurance to talking issues that may hinder business in the Nigerian maritime sector.

The DG NIMASA Dr Dakuku Peterside while announcing Nigeria’s quest to seek election back to Council noted that Nigeria has done enough to merit a return to council at the IMO.

“Nigerian is willing and prepared to play more regional and international roles to the global maritime community but that would only be possible with your support. Let Nigeria contribute from within Council to the growth of the maritime sector globally. Let us contribute significantly to the work of the IMO.” Dakuku said.

While acknowledging the fact that Nigeria is a beneficiary of IMO technical support, the NIMASA DG noted that the issue of the Anti Piracy Act in Nigeria took firm root from the technical support that was provided by the IMO.

He also disclosed that Nigeria has ratified 40 IMO Conventions and domesticated 19 with plans to ratify and domesticate 6 more in the very near future, adding that Nigeria topped the chart on Port and Flag State Administration in West and Central Africa sub-region.

Speaking on the Global Maritime security conference scheduled for Abuja in October, Dr Dakuku disclosed that over 70 countries have so far indicated interest to be part of the conference which is to provide both short and long term solutions to the security issues in the region.

“To further address the issue of insecurity in the region’s maritime domain, Nigeria will host the 2019 Global Maritime Security Conference from the 7th to 9th of October in Abuja. With 12 thematic sessions, it is our hope that the conference will rise with the ‘ABUJA DECLARATION’ on ending insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.” He said.

Assistant secretary general of the IMO Dr Lawrence Barchua who spoke on behalf of the Council, noted that a review of the report on Nigeria Member State shows availability of both human and infrastructural capacity in country for Nigeria to be a leading maritime nation.

Nigeria’s strategic location in the heart of the sub region makes it the access route and gateway of main stay shipping. We are glad that the federal government of Nigeria is making conscious efforts to address the security issues in the region. “Having read the Member State Audit report on Nigeria, it is clear that the country has what it takes to be a leading maritime nation”. He concluded.

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GAIM 4 Draws: 12 Winners Emerge In Fidelity Bank’s Promo

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L-R: Regional Bank Head, Apapa, Jude Monye; Divisional Head, Operations, & Vice Chairman, Get Alert in Millions Season 4 (GAIM 4) Promo Committee, Martins Izuogbe; Divisional Head, Retail Banking, , Richard Madiebo all from Fidelity Bank Plc at the 2nd Bi- monthly / 4th monthly draw of Get Alert in Millions Promo Season 4 (GAIM 4) in Lagos recently.

Twelve lucky customers have emerged millionaires in the fourth monthly and second bi-monthly draw of the Get Alert in Millions (GAIM) promo season 4.

The electronic raffle draw, which held at the head office in Lagos, was witnessed by the relevant regulatory bodies including the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB) and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

The bank, in a clear demonstration of its steadfast commitment to support initiatives that enrich the lives of its loyal customers even in times of economic uncertainties, rewarded lucky customers with cash prizes in the categories of N3 million, N2 million and N1 million.

The winners include, Mojeed Tijani, Uju Ejindu, Adepeju Adepoju, Salisu Mohammed, Imo Amamnkem, Ogboada Adonyeofori, Abonyi Chukwudi, Ngozi Olekanma, Nwankwo Chinonso, Sani Usman, Abraham Said and Akinpelu Emmanuel.

Speaking at the event, the bank’s CEO, Nnamdi Okonkwo noted that the bank had organised nine (9) savings promo in the last 12 years. Okonkwo was represented by the Divisional Head, Operations, Fidelity Bank Plc, Martins Izuogbe.

Whilst stating that a total of N18 million and 18 consolation prizes will be given out in the fourth monthly draw, Okonkwo pointed out that our bank has created viable opportunities for Nigerians to get better return on savings in view of the changing economic landscape.

He said, “Currently, savings gives better yield than other instruments and what we are doing is in line with the CBN’s directive on financial inclusion and create better value for our customers. To this end, we set aside a total of N120 million as gifts to our customers as they participate in this promo.

It is worthy to note that by the end of today’s draw, we would have given out a total of N68 million in cash and 72 consolation prizes of fridges, TV sets and power generating sets to over 123 winners. We expect more winners to emerge in subsequent draws as we still have a total of N52 million and several consolation prizes yet to be won”.

Shedding light on how people can qualify for the draw, the bank’s Divisional Head, Retail Banking, Richard Madiebo, stated that both existing and new customers can win by simply topping their account with N10,000 for existing customers or someone opening a new account and building it up to N20,000.

He further disclosed that to qualify for the star prize of N3 million one needs to build his account to N50,000 while aspiring for the grand prize of N10 million, one only has to grow his account to N200,000.

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Ufot, Akinwunmi, Maduegbuna to bag industry lifetime award at Industry Evening parley

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Lolu Akinwunmi

 Three industry giants in Nigeria’s marketing communications industry will be specially recognised for their evergreen outstanding achievements in the last decade at  a special  industry evening parley convened by  Goddie Ofose, one of Nigeria’s top brand analyst.

 The Event holds on March 6, 2020 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos and themed: “Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story”. 

The three industry achievers are Udeme Ufot, CEO/GMD SO&U/former APCON chair, Lolu Akinwunmi, GMD, Prima Garner/former APCON chairman and Nn’Emeka Maduegbuna, CEO, C and F/foremost PR practitioner;

 According to Tolulope Ogunjobi, Chairman Industry Recognition Awards Committee, the  pedigrees of Udeme, Lolu and Nn’Emeka in the advertising and PR industry respectively stood them out though they were few others who merited the laurel but the committee  could only limit itself to 3 most outstanding. .

“We want to congratulate all the winners of the awards and the industry for doing great things in 2019 and the last decade. We believe that this 2020 and the new decade will be greater” he said.

Apart from the three lifetime awards, and the best ad of the decade award that goes to Airtel data is life commercial, 16 other categories will be rewarded for great performances.

Ogunjobi explained that all other recipients were arrived based on key performances during the year under review.

These recipients indeed added something extra to their organisations and their personal career ladder, that is why they were selected among the pool of nominees,

Ogunjobi said, “For instance, we had difficulties arriving at the ad of the decade but  the ad of the decade couldn’t have gone to any other but ‘Airtel Nigeria’s Data is Life’ , so this explains how Airtel’s  ‘Life without Data’  featuring Gabriel Afolayan TVC by Noah’s Ark’ emerged as our ad of the decade:”

Preceding the awards segment is a special interactive summit at the same venue that would be hosted by Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the special guest of Honour at this special event.

The lead paper for the evening will be presented by Mr. Lanre Adisa, chief creative officer, Noah’s Ark Limited. Meanwhile members of the panel who will discuss the Adisa’s paper  include:  Mr. Onyekachi Onubogu, CEO, Frutta Juice and Services; Mr. Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Communications and External Affairs, Access Bank Plc,  Mr. Emeka Oparah, Vice President, CSR and Communications, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Martin Mabutho, Chief Commercial Officer, Multichoice Nigeria, and Mr. Jaiye Israel Opayemi, chief executive officer, Chain Reactions/ president, Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria,  

Others include Dr. Felix King Eiremiokhae, chief executive officer, Oracle Experience/convener The Startups Africa, Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha, acting Registrar/CEO, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Mr. Odion Aleobua, CEO, Modion Communications and Mr Lekan Lawal as the moderator for the segment.

The whole package, according to Goddie Ofose, the convener was designed “to bring together industry leaders that I have interacted with over the years in the quest to rev up conversations that will move the Nigerian Marketing and Communications industry forward”.

Ofose also believes with theme of the night -Advertising and the Power of the Nigerian Story- the speaker, panelists and  all other stakeholders present will explore the overriding engagement benefits derivable in deepening the Nigerian social-cultural content in Advertising.

The programme which is scheduled to be an annual event will attract stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing communications industry, corporate organisations, young practitioners and students from selected universities and other higher institutions in the country. 

The Awards Committee Members that picked the winners include Mr. Tolulope Ogunjobi, Business Editor- TVC News who served as chairman, Anietie Udoh, Executive Director, MarketingEdge Magazine, Daniel Obi, Media Editor, BusinessDay Newspaper and Lukman Ishau, Publisher, Marketing Space Magazine

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FIRSTBANK TAKES ITS SMES BUSINESS CLINIC TO PORT-HARCOURT AND ABUJA

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Lagos, 21 February 2020; In recognition of the significant role SMEs play in achieving sustainable growth and development in the economy of the country, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited would host SMEs in its 2020 second edition of the SME Business Clinic. The event themed “Building a sustainable Business” would be held on 25th and 27th February 2020 in Port-Harcourt and Abuja respectively.

SMEs are encouraged to take the FirstBank SME diagnostic tool by visiting https://smeconnect.firstbanknigeria.com/ in order to stand a chance to be amongst the participants that will be in the SME Business Clinic in Port-Harcourt and Abuja. The FirstBank SME diagnostic tool is designed for SMEs to check the health of their business, better understand it and drive profitability. The SME Clinic will feature one-on-one business advisory services, mentoring, networking opportunities and participants will also be acquainted with the requisite knowledge and business tools needed to drive efficiency in the day-to-day operations of their business.

Speaking on the event, Gbenga Shobo, the Deputy Managing Director, FirstBank, said “at FirstBank, we are proud of the giant strides we have taken over the years towards enhancing the SMEs for their businesses to thrive, have a fair play in the market and contribute to the Gross Domestic Product of the country. We remain the trusted financial partner of SMEs and reiterate our resolve to be known as the brand that enables their success; much the same way that we have for over 125 years enabling Nigerians and the economy at large”.

The coaches at the event are Seye Olurotimi, Lead Consult at Cedar Tribe Limited, an SME branding expert and business growth consultant with vast experience helping SMEs grow effective brands and Robert Yakubu, founder of the Instabiz Academy and the Business Mastery Program, a digital entrepreneur and business strategist empowering entrepreneurs, marketers and business professionals in Port-Harcourt and Abuja respectively.

The SME Clinic session is organized in partnership with SME Traction, a leading business coaching platform aimed at empowering SMEs to make informed choices about their businesses, thereby facilitating growth and bolstering their contribution to the development of the economy.

Expressing her delight on the impact the inaugural SME Clinic has had on her business, the CEO, Nibbles Plus More Ventures, Owoeye, Oluyomi, stated that “the first step I took after the SME business clinic was do a strategic road map for my business. Riding on the information I got from the business trend session on consumer landscape, I had a clearer understanding of who my target audience are and have included that in my business plan. The feedback we believe will help us identify untapped markets and problems in our industry, how to reach them and what value we can offer them”.

Like we were told at the clinic, progressing into the counter intuitive zone of the business model reinventing box is what brings about Innovation. Something must trigger innovation and not just our intuition. Hence, we have chosen research, she concluded.

About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading banking services solutions provider in Nigeria for over 125 years.

With over 750 business locations and 44,000 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 15 million customers. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

The Bank has been nimble at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such milestone in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 8.5million people on its USSD banking service through the nationally renowned *894# banking service and over 3 million people on Firstmobile platform.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.
Folake Ani-Mumuney
Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications
www.firstbanknigeria.com

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