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.
Keyston Bank PLC has thrown her weight behind the sickle cell awareness campaign mission of United Kingdom based TunMicro Sickle Cell Foundation, TSCF, a non-for profit, non-government organization.The bank recently played a prominent role in TunMicro’s visit to Makoko in Lagos state, Nigeria in collaboration with Slum2School Africa, where over 700 beneficiaries were offered free genotype tests.
The exercise was carried out in about three communities and five schools within the Makoko locality, with the joint Nigeria and UK based TunMicro and Slum2School regular and volunteer team members present at the one week long exercise to educate the beneficiaries about sickle cell crisis and its detriments to human life and the society at large.
The programe commenced on Monday April 29 and ended on Saturday May 6, 2019 with beneficiaries between the ages of 2 and 15 in attendance.
Mr. Ismaila Olatunji Sule, Founder/Executive Director, TSCF who expressed delight at the organization’s gesture towards the decision to take TunMicro’s care-giving service to Makoko, noted that the area as one of the major locations that have need for such health care attention in Lagos.
Sule is a Specialist Biomedical Scientist with the Medical Microbiology Department of the South-Eastern Health and Social Care Trust at Ulster Hospital in Belfast, United Kingdom.
He described his idea of the TunMicro free genotype test initiative as his own way of giving back to the society through his field of endeavour and what he knows and loves to do best.
“The likely consequences of lack of awareness of the sickle cell is that there will be lack of understanding of reproduction decision in people with sickle cell trait (SCT), and thus producing more sickle cell anemia children for as future generations,” the sickle cell medical practitioner said.
He also indicated the danger of death before teen age as a result of inability of community, parents and guardians to e able to manage a known sickle cell anemia.“Our education program is designed to help people living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) or SCT implement a parenting plan that will support their informed reproduction health behaviours, thus reducing the spread of this disorder,” Sule said.
While also expressing satisfaction at the initiative, Ms. Izore Bamawo, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Keystone Bank, said, “For us at Keystone Bank, we see this exercise as a very laudable and credible initiative, considering the fact that TunMicro had embarked on the exercise for a whole week. We have never seen any organization that embarked on such a care giving initiative for that long period at a stretch.
“We really applaud TunMicro for this great work. Having decided to take up this task from the grassroot, there is really going to be a great impact in Nigeria. This is a project we would still like to partner TunMicro on in the future.”
She said that health care is one of the pillars of Keystone Bank’s CSR initiatives, noting that the bank executes, at least, one health beneficial project on quarterly basis as part of its CSR initiatives.
“We are looking at taking this genotype test project beyond just a one-off event, because sickle cell issue is a major issue that needs swift attention in our society. We are set to go beyond just helping them to discover their status to helping on how to manage it to prevent any further crisis or threat that it poses to the health of the human race,” Bamawo assured.
Keystone bank is a Corporate Social Responsibility-driven bank with a strong drive to support humanitarian services projects in the country.
With its capital base of over N40 billion and a total asset base of about $2billion, Keystone Bank is one of the foremost quality service-driven financial institutions in Nigeria.
Ms. Ruth Ebere, Head, Operations at Slum2school, who noted that the organization’s key focus is to advocate and secure quality education to children in the society, described the free genotype test exercise as a welcome decision and a huge success.She also indicated Slum2school’s willingness to partner with TSCF in other subsequent similar initiative in the near future while also sustaining a long-lasting relationship with TSCF.
Slum2School Africa is a volunteer-driven developmental organization founded in 2012 with a vision to transform the society by empowering disadvantaged children to realize their full potential.
From the result analysis of the just concluded exercise at Makoko, which comprise of about 400 (about 59.7%) male and about 400 (about 40.3%) female children respectively, 71.9% were confirmed AA; 22.7% AS; 4.1% AC and 1.3% SS.
In a common view, one of the beneficiaries of the Makoko exercise Metonu Agbovin, 12 and a parent, Mrs. Rebecca Adaso 43, attested that no such humanitarian service has been brought to them since they have been resident in Makoko.They expressed their profound gratitude towards the organization’s gesture and urged the team not to relent in their bid to bring more of such humanitarian service to the Makoko community.
According to the United Nation’s report, about one thousand babies are born with sickle cell. But in spite of this dreadful trend, many are yet to be educated about it. And as a result, people have gone ahead to get married to their spouses without due consideration, thereby giving rise to sickle cell crisis-ridden patients.
However, TSCF is committed to reaching out to more beneficiaries cut across the globe with her main focus on the African continent where the sickle cell crisis has made more victims among the newly born, growing children and adult categories around the continent.
DdTSCF is an international humanitarian organization founded and launched in Belfast, United Kingdom, and Lagos, Nigeria in 2015.
Within four years of impactful operation, the organization has reached out to about 3,000 male and female beneficiaries, including adults and children in Lagos, Ogun and Osun States of Nigeria, as we as in the United Kingdom.
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.
Access Bank Takes Over Grobank In South Africa
Following the completion of all regulatory procedures, Grobank Limited has been officially renamed Access Bank South Africa Limited. The deal was finalised after Access Bank’s acquisition of controlling shares in the former Grobank Limited, South Africa.
With this new development, Access Bank South Africa Limited is positioned to deliver a robust banking operation that connects key African markets.
At an official closing ceremony in Sandton on Monday, top executives of the two banks were upbeat about new opportunities for clients, noting that the Bank will continue to support all its stakeholders, while opening doors to growth opportunities both in the short and long term.
CEO of Grobank, Bennie van Rooy said, “This is an extremely exciting day for the South African banking industry. Our corporate customers will now have increased access to trade finance, treasury, international payments and loans through the wider distribution network offered by Access Bank’s presence in the key trade corridors that connect Africa to the rest of the world.
“Banking with Access Bank South Africa means greater security as well as access to more products and services through a best-in-class digital platform, and a full retail banking suite will soon be on offer.”
Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO of Access Bank Plc, said: “Today’s ceremony in South Africa seals our commitment to delivering our strategic aspirations of becoming Africa’s Gateway to the World, in line with our vision to be the World’s Most Respected African Bank.
“We look forward to the many opportunities our collective experience and deep understanding of the African market brings to our valued clients, and the journey ahead being one of great promise for our institution and the continent.”
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