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WAUG: Heritage Bank restates commitment to youth, sport devt

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L-R: Vice Chancellor (VC) of UNIPORT, Prof Ndowa Lale; Deputy Vice-Chancellor/LOC Chairman, Prof. Regina Ogali and representative of MD/CEO, Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo; Senior Manager, Oladapo Lawal, at 14th edition of the West African Universities Game (WAUG) held in Port Harcourt at the University of Port Harcourt, sponsored by Heritage Bank.

Heritage Bank Plc has restated commitment to improved youth and sport developments in the country, thereby attaining rapid growth in these areas, through sponsorship of sporting activities in tertiary institutions.

The MD/CEO of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo affirmed this at the just concluded 14th edition of the West African Universities Game (WAUG) held in Port Harcourt at the University of Port Harcourt.

The bank recently supported the premier edition of Africa Freestyle Football Championship and continued to sponsor youth entrepreneurial initiatives, particularly, The Next Titan,” a reality television show.

Sekibo, who was represented by a Senior Manager, Oladapo Lawal stressed that the financial institution has strong desire to see young Nigerians succeed in other areas other than what they studied in school, whilst urging government at all levels and private institutions to pay closer attention to sponsorship and innovation.

He stated that Heritage Bank, as the sponsor of WAUG, is working assiduously towards achieving its vision to become a bank of national reckoning for which it was established.

He noted that there is need for institutions to give back to society through sponsorship.

“Heritage Bank believes in development. These are University Students and we want to level our legacy on University students that is one of reasons we decided to sponsor the event. We have the tenacity to develop and sport is a way of developing youths in the country. We want to encourage the youth and I believe that this type of  games are capable of robbing off on the students in future.

“I would advise the federal government to look in this direction, because when we support this kind of project, we are developing our country. The government needs to do more in sponsorship drive of sports in the country, “he noted.

Meanwhile, UNIPORT emerged the overall winner of the 14th WAUG, 2018 amassing 125 medals to top the log.

A breakdown of the figures shows  that UNIPORT won 75 gold, 26 silver and 24 bronze medals to beat University of Lagos (UNILAG), the first runners up that scored 16 gold, 24 silver and 16 bronze. The second Runners up was University of Cape Coast, Ghana that bagged 9 gold and 16 silver medals.

The football event went to University for  Development Studies, Ghana that beat Bayero University,Kano(BUK) 4-2 on penalties after the duo played out a  1-1 draw within  90 minutes regulation time and 30 minutes extra time.

Declaring the competition closed, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu congratulated the winners and indeed all the participants for a job well done.

He commended UNIPORT for organizing what he described as one of the best championships in the history of WAUG.

The Minister said university games and sports generally should be encouraged in our institutions to build  friendships and bridge barriers among the students in Nigeria and beyond.

He promised that the Federal Government will continue to encourage sports in our schools.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor(VC) of UNIPORT, Prof Ndowa Lale commended Heritage Bank for its sponsorship to the successful competition. He congratulated he winners and the losers alike. The VC  particularly commended University of Cape Coast for coming all the way from Ghana  to lift  the football trophy regarded as the king of sports.

Prof Lale who said the hosting of the games was not perfect, expressed confidence that subsequent editions will be better.

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RevolutionPlus signs actress, Omoni Oboli as brand ambassador

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Leader in property development and housing, RevolutionPlus Property Ltd has struck a dual partnership with star actress Omoni Oboli as the company unveiled the leading role interpreter in the movie industry as its latest brand ambassador.

According to Bamidele Onalaja, Chief Executive Officer of RevolutionPlus, the deal will see Omoni Oboli headline mostly the construction arm of RevolutionPlus while the company will in turn partner with the actress on two of her upcoming projects; Sisi London and Unfaithful.

Onalaja had earlier hinted that the RevolutionPlus settled for Oboli out of the many that were screened for the role because of her track record in the industry and being a scandal-free thespian who will be an asset to the RevolutionPlus brand.

According to him, “her wealth of experience and character will boost RevolutionPlus’ profile of integrity and excellence.”

While justifying the company’s choice of Omoni Oboli as the new face of the property giant, Tolu Onalaja, Executive Director, RevolutionPlus maintained that the company settled for Oboli since “we share similar values of excellence and trust” saying it’s a relationship that will be to the benefit of our customers.

Moments after she signed the contract and was unveiled as a brand ambassador of the leading property merchandising company in Nigeria, Omoni Oboli said: “I am attracted to RevolutionPlus because the company radiates trust and excellence being rare qualities we have in common.”

She noted that Nigerians in the diaspora need the services of integrity proved property companies like RevolutionPlus because “Nigerians in the diaspora have been duped in the past by family, friends and mushroom property companies, who they send money to for the purpose of acquiring and developing properties and ended up with nothing.

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Access Bank appoints Awosika as new board chairman

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Dr Ajoritsedere Awosika was on Tuesday announced as the new Chairman of Access Bank Plc by the Board of Directors of the bank.

The bank’s Company Secretary, Mr Sunday Ekwochi, said in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos that Awosika would assume the position of the company’s Board Chairman on Jan. 8, 2020.

Ekwochi said that Awosika’s appointment was apt to lead the board in the next phase of the bank’s transformation into becoming Africa’s Gateway to the World.

According to the statement, Awosika will take over from Mrs Mosun Belo-Olusoga as chairman following the later’s retirement as her 12-year term will elapse in January 2020.

The retirement of Belo-Olusoga, who became the Board Chairman in 2015, was in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Code of Corporate Governance for bankers and Discount Houses.

Awosika joined the board in April 2013 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and has been the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board Credit and Finance Committee and the Board Audit Committee, respectively in addition to membership of other Board Committees.

She is an accomplished administrator with over three decades experience in public sector governance. She was at various times, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministries of Internal Affairs, Science & Technology and Power.

Awosika is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacy.

She holds a Doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom.

She is currently the Chairman of Chams Plc and Josephine Consulting Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Capital Express Assurance Ltd.

According to the statement, the board expresses its appreciation to Belo-Olusoga for her contributions to the bank’s transformational growth and wishes Dr (Mrs) Awosika success in her new appointment.

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Unity Bank partners Avant-Garde for the 2019 sustainability table discourse series

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As part of its commitment to promote the drive for sustainable development initiatives in Nigeria, Unity Bank hosted the Sustainability Discourse Series in collaboration with Avant-Garde Innovation & Technology Services (AGITS) which took place at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on Wednesday, 13 th November, 2019.

The Sustainability Table Discourse Series is a platform that offers an avenue of opportunities to learn and share ideas/initiatives on strategies for achieving the sustainability development goals.

Unity Bank has been very active in promoting sustainable practices in Agriculture and the sponsorship of the summit was an opportunity to strongly reinforce the Bank’s sustainable development initiatives.

The event provided a platform for the convergence of policy makers, entrepreneurs, sustainable development experts, leading corporate organisations and various subject matter experts to discuss and solve pressing world challenges facing selected industries as it relates to the environment, climate change, sustainability and the quest for a green economy.

Unity Bank executive director, Risk Management & Compliance, Usman Abdulqadir gave a keynote address on factors affecting climate change and sustainable development and the effectiveness of Unity Bank's response in various spheres such as food security, climate action, gender equality and sustainable job creation.

There were various panelists’ discussions in line with the sustainability discourse in addition to the Speech on Green economy and expectations in the Nigerian scenario by Dr Lawrence Chidi Anukam, Director General – National Environmental Standards and Regulations Agency.

Other Unity bank representatives at the Summit were TA, MD/CEO/Ag. Head, Corporate Planning & Strategy, Ibukun Coker and Head, Tax Management & Compliance Temitope Arasi.

As a title sponsor, the Bank had strong brand presence.

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