Pan African Financial Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has announced that 10 of its loyal customers will get a chance to win N1,000,000 each, in the ongoing UBA Savings Promo which is scheduled to hold on to May 7, 2021 at the bank’s corporate head office, in Lagos.
Following what has been described as the repeated vehicular accident within the community, leaders of the University town of Akungba in Ondo state have made their position over the incidents known through a media statement issued on Wednesday.
In the statement, the leaders put the number of lives lost to mottor accident in the community between now and the last few months of 2020 at about 72.
While pleading with government to put measures in place to arrest the trend, the leaders also urged government to help persuade the management of Dangote cement, identified to be responsible for some of the accidents, to pay compensation.
Below is the statement unedited:
RESOLUTION OF LEADER OF AKUNGBA COMMUNITY ON THE INCESSANT FATAL ROAD ACCIDENTS WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY TOWN.
Gentlemen of the press,
We write with dismay the numerous negative incidents of motor accidents that have bedeviled our community within the last five years. These incidents started with unprecedented students’ unrests, with their attendant destruction of properties of the University- and the Host Community, with discriminatory non-payment of reparation to the victims within the host community. In spite of protests and representations from the host community on the issue, the then Vice Chancellor, Prof. I. Ajibefun, refused to listen even though the students were made to pay for damages.
We have also consequentially witnessed a gradual erosion of the cordial and celebrated relationship which once existed between the University and the Host community up to the Vice-Chancellorship of Prof. Femi Mimiko. This new relationship further buried the once existing valued concerns of the University about events and happenings outside its walls.
Of recent, the events and happenings within the University Town have taken new dimension, degenerating from lone non-fatal accidents being witnessed to massive fatal accidents involving loss of numerous lives and properties. The community has witnessed catastrophic accidents in the last six months which have caught global attention and painted the image of the community in very bad colours.
On October 31st, 2020, a trailer, loaded with bags of rice, ran into an 18 seaters Hiace bus at the front of Ebenco Petrol Station at Abata Area of Akungba. About seventeen people died, with 19 bags of rice looted. The victims of this accident were commuters passing through the town.
Exactly one month later another accident occurred at Ibaka market, with a trailer loaded with rice colliding with electric poles before running into the open market. In the process 25 people died from electrocution and impact of accident trailer. The accident victims were mainly residents of Akungba Community.
Accompanying this particular accident was the massive looting of bags of rice and the deliberate wasting of the rest that could not be carted away.This
stealing by some criminal elements in the town is something strange to Akungba character and value system.
On 11th December 2020, three trailers (a) Dangote Cement, (b) Cooling Van loaded with fish and (c) Trailer loaded with container of electronics had accident in front of the University gate. While three people were killed in the accident, all the contents of the burnt vehicles were looted by identifiable miscreants in the community. The carcass of the burnt vehicle littered the gate of the University for over one month before it was cleared and evacuated, prior to the school resumption. The stench from the accident site was something a citadel of knowledge should not have condoned for a day!
Most agonizing is the accident that occurred in front of the university gate on Saturday 23rd January, 2021. Another Dangote Cement Trailer ran into the frontage of the University gate killing 27 people, including Students, visitors, residents and passers-by. This accident took the life of former SUG President Sam Praise. There were also harrowing cases of three students of the same parents being killed in the accident. Accompanying the accident was also the case of gas explosion which killed some people near the accident site on that same day.
Despite the trauma caused by this accident some identifiable miscreans stts still found time to loot the accident vehicle of its loads.
1. The Akungba Community shares the pains of the families of the deceased and those who lost their loved ones in these serial and random accidents and pray that the Almighty Father console the bereaved.
2. We are in pains that all these accidents have almost the same pattern, the fatal incidents being caused by trailers and trucks/buses cascading down the Okerigbo hill towards the university community and running near-road gatherings of people.
3. These ugly incidents are being unfortunately explained in some quarters with conspiracy theories, alluding to the existence of ominous forces within the host community. The non-discriminatory nature of these accidents make the assertions not only ridiculous but insane.
4. We note that these accidents were recent in the history of Akungba community and are not unconnected with the new re-construction of Ikare-Ajowa road which subequently diverted Abuja and North-bound vehicles from Okene road to Akungba-Ajowa-Obajana road, causing trailers congestion along Akungba main road, something unknown in the years before.
5. We commend the AAUA Students body for their maturity in reacting to the provocative loss of lives of their valued colleagues and pray that such incidents never occur again in the life of the University town. We also sympathies with the indigenes and residents who equally lost their loved ones.
6. The fact is that, outside these mentioned accidents, there have occurred, in the last six months, about fifteen other isolated cases of lower magnitude, recording few causalities. The periodicity of these accidents means that no one is safe and that the community is under the serious siege of trailer and other vehicular traffic passing through the community.
7. We totally condemn the incessant lootings of the accident vehicles by some criminals residing within the community. The police and Amotekun are being called upon to stop this criminal trend and bring the offenders to book. Akungba does not condone criminality and lawlessness.
8. We frown at the non-challant attitude of the University towards the most recent accident in front of its gate. Had the University made its water tankers available for use at the scene of the accident more lives could probably have been saved. We implore the University to be more concerned about what happens outside its protective walls, immaterial of their perception of the host community.
9. While appreciating the recent moves by the Ondo State Government in reducing the cases of accidents in Akungba, we wish to appeal to the state Government to proffer permanent and enduring solutions to these accidents. We believe the solution can be achieved through:
a. Realigning the sections of road between
I. Okerigbo hill and Tunji and Tunji filling station and
II. AAUA Guest House (Annex) and Police post, Etioro.
b. Widening and dualising the main road between Okerigbo hill and Etioro to give more space for vehicles that lost control and keep gatherings at distance from the main road.
10. We are also appealing to the state Government to help facilitate the payment of compensation to the families affected by the recent accidents involving Dangote Cement Company, being isolated accidents involving only Dangote Cement trailers.
The Akungba community would strive to abide by any safety measures put in place by the Government. We shall, on our own part, try to coordinate the affected families to seek reparations by providing legal aid. We shall, in addition, make the plight of the community known to the Federal Ministry of Works, being the owners of the Federal road passing through our community and call for their immediate intervention into the incessant road accidents.
Dr. Bode Iwaloye
The Asiwaju of Akungba Land,
(For and on behalf of Akungba community)
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.
Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.
By Hamid Shinkafi
Public affair analyst
Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery
At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.
Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.
As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.
In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.
In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.
With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.
10 Customers Set To Become Millionaires In UBA Savings Promo
This unique promo intends to appreciate loyal customers of the bank, who have stayed with the bank over the years, and will also offer fresh opportunities for potential and intending customers to join the growing number of UBA millionaires who have in the past benefitted from the ongoing Promo.
To qualify for the draws, new and existing customers of the bank are expected to save N10,000 monthly or N30,000 at once for 3 months; before each draw date. Savings account holders eligible for this draw include Target, Bumper, Next Gen, Savings, Teens & Kiddies).
Some past winners who cut across all regions of the country and have previously benefitted from the promo include; Nnadumije, Ebube Dawn; Onwochei Christiana Okwukwe; Eze Mathias Nnaji; Christian N Orie; Uka, Okwudiri; Okata Stephen Uche; Okafor Onyinye Esther; Nwanekezi Chimezie Jude; Ayomide V Yahaya and Olanegan, Oyetunde Keji.
Others are Emmanuel Onu Chidozie; Mohammed Fatima; Aminu, Mustapha; James Nanre; Pahinti Albert; Emmanuel O Adeniji; Jaki Movihinze Mercy; Saminu Muritala Mohammed; Ezeh Raphael Uballa; Uchenna Iheji. Already the winners have claimed their cash prizes and are currently spreading the news so others can take advantage of this once in a life time opportunity.
Speaking ahead of the forthcoming draw, UBA’s Head, Personal Banking, Ogechi Altraide, said that without a doubt, UBA’s passion for the growth and overall success of its customers cannot be overemphasized, adding that this has consistently been proven in numerous ways. She explained that the bank has consistently invested in cutting edge technology to improve its service delivery and its overall aim of delighting customers.
She said: “With customer-centric promos like the UBA Savings Promo, we have created an ever increasing list of millionaires who continue to join the UBA customer millionaire club. For this edition of the promo, we decided to pick the month of May, which is the month that workers are celebrated across the world for their efforts at contributing to the growth of the economy. We know that this promo will put lasting smiles on the faces of our customers and will also assure them that UBA truly values them,” Altraide said.
UBA’s Head, SME Banking, Sampson Aneke, spoke of UBA’s continuous commitment to give back to its customers especially during these challenging economic periods, where people need all the support they can get to make life more meaningful.
“With this in mind we decided to prioritise them in as we always do at UBA, by giving them plenty to cheer about and that is the reason for the Promo. I have been privileged to visit some of the customers who won in January, and we were more than fulfilled to see happiness and gratitude on the faces of the lucky ones when their cash prizes were presented to them. That feeling is special.
So I enjoin those who are yet to join the winning team, to do so. You never can tell, the next big millionaire could be you,” Aneke said.
United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-one million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries. With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services.
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