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Keystone Bank restates commitment to supporting entrepreneurs, sponsors ‘Chief Daddy’ movie

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L-R: Dr. Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, 2019 Lagos State APC gubernatorial candidate, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Wife of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ms. Mo Abudu, CEO, Ebonylife Films, Dr. Obeahon Ohiwerei, GMD/CEO, Keystone Bank Ltd., Mr Ayo Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) at the Premiere of Chief Daddy Movie the December blockbuster sponsored by Keystone Bank and held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos, recently.

Keystone Bank Limited, Nigeria’s most innovative banking services provider has partnered with EbonyLife Films to premiere the movie, ‘Chief Daddy’.

The event which held at the popular Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Sunday December 2, 2018 was graced by a long guest list of dignitaries, celebrities, members of the diplomatic corps, business heavyweights, socialites, politicians and lovers of arts.

Speaking at the epoch-making event, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Keystone Bank Limited, Dr. Obeahon Ohiwerei said “the bank will explore every good platform to deepen its strength in the retail and youth segment. He reiterated that the bank’s sponsorship of the movie aligns with its corporate objectives of supporting SMEs and empowering enterprising entrepreneurs.

“By partnering this movie, Keystone Bank is actively promoting the culture of personal fiscal responsibility by encouraging everyone, young and old to take advantage of the bank’s expertise to learn about and set up financial instruments that will give them and their loved ones an assurance while they are here and long after.” Ohiwerei stated.

Dr. Ohiwerei further disclosed that Keystone Bank, which recently signed up popular Nollywood actor, Funke Akindele Bello, popularly known as ‘Jenifa’ as its official brand ambassador, prides itself in its ability to hand-hold different sectors of the economy in order to nurture them and help them to grow.

While commending the producer of the movie, the Keystone Bank boss said “I salute Ebony Life TV for their innovation and Mo’ Abudu their CEO for her entrepreneurial drive. These values resonate with our culture at Keystone Bank.  It is remarkable projects like these that have served to place the Nigerian Movie industry on the global market.”

Commenting on the movie which will be in cinemas from Dec. 14th, EbonyLife Films CEO, Mo’ Abudu explained that the movie, ‘Chief Daddy’ is centered on the life of an extravagant and larger-than-life billionaire industrialist, Chief Beecroft, who is known to be a pillar of the society. All seems well in the Beecroft household until Chief Daddy passes away and suddenly the ‘wheels begin to turn’ and things go awry.

The film stars Nollywood veterans and new faces including, Nkem Owoh, Bisola Aiyeola, Ini Edo, Joke Silva, Dakore Akande, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Folarin Falana and Patience Ozokwo.

At the event, Nigerian celebrities stepped out in their traditional attires. The cast members and guests alike, took the theme ‘Opulently Nigerian’ seriously and showed up representing various ethnic groups in the country.

The premiere was also attended by the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo,the Deputy Managing Director of Keystone Bank Limited, Mr. Abubakar Sule, Executive Director, Corporate Banking & South, Keystone Bank Limited, Mr Yemi Odusanya, Dr Taiwo Afolabi, CEO Sifax group and a valuable Customer of Keystone Bank, Lagos APC 2019 governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and wife, Lagos PDP 2019 governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje and wife, Mr. Oscar Ibru, President of African Public Relations Association, Mr. Yomi Badejo Okusanya, amongst others.

Since its recent acquisition by Sigma Golf – Riverbank consortium, Keystone Bank Limited, a technology and service-driven commercial bank, offering tailor-made convenient and reliable solutions to customer’s needs has been on upward swing.

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FCMB empowers more SME customers in Season 2 of “Race to China Promo’’

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On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 First City Monument Bank (FCMB) rewarded another set of its Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) customers in Season 2 of the Bank’s reward scheme tagged “FCMB SME Race to China Promo”. The winners emerged through rounds of electronic selection from the pool of qualified SME customers in the first draws of the promo (for the months of March and April) held in Lagos, Kano, Abia and Oyo states.

Among the winners are eight customers who each won the star prize of an all-expense paid trip to China (return flight ticket and hotel accommodation for 7 nights) to participate in the 2019 edition of the Canton Trade Fair, one of the world’s biggest import and export trade fairs, scheduled to hold later this year. In addition, several other SME customers won various exciting items. These include $500 preloaded shopping cards, business enablers (such as, power generating sets, laptops) and other consolation prizes.

At the Lagos regional draw, Eternal Fabrics Enterprises and Gold Tech Multi-Global Limited, won the star prizes for the months of March and April, respectively, while Jahved Ventures and Sapart Integrated Services Limited in Gombe State emerged winners at the Northern regional draw which took place in Kano. Similarly, Soupah Farm-En-Market Limited and Lade Olagbenro & Company were the star prize winners at the regional draws for South-west, held in Ibadan, Oyo State. Ife Progress Resources Limited and The Congregation of the Mission emerged lucky winners at the South-east/South-south regional draw held in Aba, Abia State.

Among the winners of $500 preloaded shopping cards, power generating sets and laptops are Suraj Furniture Limited, Smoothie Express Limited, Pisces OEA Multibil Limited, Goldmet Ventures, Exclusive Champion Limited, Kingdom Ideas Integrated Limited and Brands Yard Limited.

Season 2 of the ‘’FCMB SME Race to China Promo”, which commenced in May and will run till October, is an extension of the first phase held last year following the huge success and impact recorded. It is designed by FCMB to give extra value, empower and reward its Business Banking/SME customers for their patronage and loyalty over the years. The promo is targeted at business customers who operate any of the Bank’s local currency accounts. There will be a total of 6 draws which will hold monthly.

Speaking on Season 2 of the ‘’FCMB SME Race to China Promo” the Executive Director, Business Development of the Bank, Mrs. Bukola Smith, said, “this is part of our initiatives to demonstrate our commitment to the growth of SMEs, which are key drivers of economic development. The second edition of this promo has been enhanced to ensure that more customers have the opportunity to emerge as winners. From 43 winners in the first edition held last year, a total of 320 customers will win either a trip to China, $500 pre-loaded shopping cards, business enablers and other gifts that are on offer in the second edition. We will continue to create opportunities and offer the very best of products as well as services that will grow the business of our SME customers in a sustainable manner.”

In their comments, the winners commended FCMB for considering it worthy to reward and empower its SME customers. According to the Managing Director of Ife Progress Resources, Mr. Ezeike Ifechukwu, “I was in shock and at same time very happy when I was called by FCMB that I have won a trip to China. I have never been lucky, not even once in my life to win anything. So when I received a text message from FCMB telling me about the Race to China Promo, I didn’t really bother. But having won the star prize, I thank the Bank, our Bank. I am a shareholder of FCMB, a customer for more than ten years, and I maintain series of accounts. FCMB has always been my number one Bank. Today, I repledge my loyalty to FCMB. I will ensure that I drive more customers to FCMB”.

Another star prize winner of a trip to China, Mrs. Joyce Ajanah, who is the Managing Director of Gold Tech Multi-Tech Limited, said, “I am very excited, really short of words and extremely grateful to FCMB. This is definitely going to make my business grow significantly. The FCMB Race to China promo is a very good initiative. The Bank is going places”.

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Zenith Bank emerges first Nigerian Bank to repeatedly audit its carbon emissions

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L-R: Dr. Temitope Fasoranti, Executive Director, Zenith Bank Plc, Lynsey Elston, Country Manager, V4 Advisors, at the official presentation of the certificate for Greenhouse Gas Auditing for the 2018 Financial Year to Zenith Bank Plc by V4 Advisors, held at bank’s head office in Lagos, recently. PHOTO: Zenith Bank Plc

Zenith Bank Plc has received a certificate for Greenhouse Gas Auditing by V4 Advisors after successful completion of its Greenhouse Gas Audit for the 2018 Financial Year.

The presentation of the certificate and the report of the Auditors was done by V4 Advisors at the Zenith Bank Head Office on May 21, 2019.

Temitope Fasoranti, the executive director, who received the certificate on behalf of the bank, said Zenith started this effort with the 2016 Financial Year and has carried out three greenhouse gas audits to date.

He explained that the bank understands the relationship between greenhouse gas emission and climate change and appreciates the role it is expected to play towards combating the menace of climate change.

Also speaking on the milestone, Lynsey Elston, V4 country manager, highlighted that Zenith Bank is the first Nigerian bank to consecutively report the carbon emissions of their head office in Lagos using a certified tool which is built on the internationally recognized “GHG Protocol”.

She commended the bank for proving its commitment to United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Goal 13, Climate Action, in addition to complying with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.

In response to her, the executive director said the initiative has significantly helped the bank reduce its overall carbon footprints and drive energy efficiency.

V4 Advisors is a UAE-based provider of advisory and consulting solutions on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

The firm’s calculation and reporting tool have been reviewed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) for conformance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.

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Access Bank threatens to publish names of debtors in June

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The management of Access Bank has threatened to publish the list of all its delinquent debtors.

In a statement released on Thursday, the bank said it is acting in line with a directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“All Access Bank Plc (including former Diamond Bank Plc) debtors are directed to pay up their past due obligations in order to avoid punitive actions being taken against them,” the bank said.

“Please note that we shall publish our debtors’ names in newspapers in two weeks.

“Similarly, in the event that these obligations are not fulfilled, we shall take such further actions against such delinquent individuals and companies as we may consider necessary and shall relentlessly pursue full recovery of all our debts.”

Deepening its threat, the bank said it would collaborate with other banks to ensure that habitual debtors are excluded from the banking system.

“Furthermore, all debtors will be sanctioned by the CBN and banned from participating in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange and Securities Exchange Markets and registered on the Credit Risk Management Systems (CRMS) Bureau as bad debtors making them, their directors and related entities illegible for any credit in the Nigerian Financial Markets.”

Earlier in May, the bank had announced that it would pay off a $200 million Eurobond issued by Diamond Bank in 2014.

Access Bank became Nigeria’s largest bank after completing a merger process with Diamond Bank in March.

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