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EKEDC donates equipment to ICT training centre for girls

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L-R: Idemudia Godwin, Adegbenro Sheri (CACO), WayreFoundation Representative, Osinubi Oyinlola.

Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Friday donated to WAYREFOUNDATION a non-profit that is committed to the advocacy and empowerment of young women and girls through ICT training and STEM (Science, Education, Technology and Mathematics) Education.

The donation which is in furtherance of EKEDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is also a demonstration of EKEDC’s resolve to promote human capital development and Information Communication Technology (ICT) for economic growth and sustainable development.

Some of the equipment that was donated to the ICT training centre in Ikoyi, include 15 desktop computers, printer, scanner and photocopying machine. Others include water dispenser, industrial fan, air conditioners to enhance learning and development.

Dr Arinola Oluwo, the founder of the organization lauded EKEDC for its responsive and timely intervention. She disclosed that the non-profit organization reached out to several companies for support but EKEDC is the only company that has so far responded with such a kind gesture.

In her words, “We commend EKEDC for showing leadership and demonstrating such uncommon goodwill, this intervention cannot be underestimated, as so many young people will be transformed and empowered.”
She also urged individuals and especially corporate institutions to take a cue from EKEDC’s culture of social responsiveness and responsibility which she described as impeccable and worthy of emulation.

Dr Oluwo concluded by reiterating the commitment of the organization to leverage on ICT and STEM Education for capacity building and empowerment of women and youth to optimize their potential and contribute to nation building.

Chief Audit and Compliance Officer Sherie Adegbenro expressed the delight of EKEDC to partner with the organization in women and youth empowerment. She observed that EKEDC is conscious of the opportunities that ICT afford and has since keyed into the drive for digital inclusion and youth empowerment.
She also noted that EKEDC will not relent in its Corporate Social responsibility effort and drive which is part of its contribution to ensure Economic prosperity and national development.

Some of those that were at the event include, General Manager (GM) Corporate Communications Godwin Idemudia, Asst. General Manager, Media and Communications) Sulaiman Aledeh, Asst. General Manager(Branding, CSR & Community Relations) Babatunde Lasaki, Representative of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Oyinlola Osinubi and other members of staff of EKEDC.

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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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