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Access Bank named healthcare SME-friendly bank

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Access Bank has been named the most healthcare SME-friendly bank at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) 2019.

The bank got the prize at the award ceremony, which held at Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos.

At the award ceremony held recently at Eko Hotels & Suites, Access Bank was recognized for the fourth time by the NHEA consecutively after winning the most healthcare friendly bank award in 2016 and 2017 and as the Outstanding CSR health project of the year in 2018.

The NHEA is an initiative of the Global Health Project and Resources in partnership with Anadach group.

The annual award ceremony is organised to recognise and commend institutions that have made laudable contributions towards the growth and development of the healthcare sector in Nigeria.

Commenting on the award, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, head of sustainability at Access Bank said: “We are extremely honoured to be receiving this award. On behalf of the bank, we say, thank you and we are grateful for this recognition.”

“Access Bank has an unwavering commitment to significantly improve the health sector in Nigeria. Therefore, as a bank, we have studied the health sector and identified inadequate financing as a causal factor for the poor healthcare system in Nigeria.”

This discovery, she said, encouraged the bank to create products that can solve the financing problems of healthcare SMEs.

Ayodele Oloyede, head of emerging businesses at the bank said SMEs have been identified as one of the key drivers of economic growth through their contribution to employment and wealth creation.

“We also know that good healthcare is important to productivity and that is why Access Bank supports Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as part of its measures to help boost the Nigerian economy.”

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Zenith Bank launches Z-Woman Business package, Offers N10m loan at single-digit rate

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Zenith Bank Plc has introduced a new package for women called the Z-Woman Business Package.

The Z-Woman Business Package is designed to address the unique needs of women-owned businesses.

The package includes:

Loans of up t0 N10m at a single-digit interest rate

Free digital skills training

Free exhibition stands at Zenith Bank events.

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FirstBank wins again, emerges ‘Best Mobile Banking App’ award

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has been named 2019 “Best Mobile Banking App” and “Fastest Growing Retail Bank”  by Global Business Outlook.

The Global Business Outlook Award recognises and rewards excellence in business in companies across the world, both in the public and private sectors. The award rewards innovation, creativity and the drive to create value.

FirstBank earned the Fastest Growing Retail Bank recognition because of its leading role in promoting financial inclusion in the country, a drive which has resulted in its 44,000 Agent Banking network designed to complement the provision of bespoke financial services at its over 750 branches nationwide.

Speaking on the awards, Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Bank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications said, “We appreciate the recognition of these awards by the respective awarding bodies. The awards are dedicated to all our customers across the globe as their continued patronage of our services is appreciated.

We remain steadfast and would not rest on our laurels at rendering bespoke financial services tailored to meet the financial needs of our valued customers, irrespective of where they may be.”

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Boko Haram did not kill 17 soldiers – Army

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The Nigerian Army has denied reports that 17 soldiers were killed and others abducted by insurgents in the North-East.

Describing the reports as “fake”, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col Aminu Iliyasu,  in a statement on Tuesday cautioned against unverified claims and reports which he said were capable of undermining the counterinsurgency war.

He said, “Contrary to the rumours making the rounds, the Maiduguri-Damaturu Road as well as the Bama-Gwoza Road are some of the safest roads with over 5,000 vehicles plying them daily.

“To this end, the Nigerian Army wishes to unequivocally state that the claims contained in the disjointed reports under reference and indeed any recent claims of heavy casualties on Nigerian Army troops are nothing but fake, malicious and frivolous news reports. We, therefore, request the general public to disregard them in their entirety.”

The army told  North-East residents  to go about their legitimate business without any fear, stressing that “the worst days of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province are completely over.”

The statement added, “Our gallant troops have successfully reduced them to mere common criminals who are now fighting themselves for a hiding space as our troops continue to step up their onslaught against the  remnants of the criminal insurgent groups.”

The military chief said they  would not be deterred by “sponsored false reports and insurgents’ propaganda being spread ostensibly by some unpatriotic elements through fabricated media publications.”

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