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Access Bank Gifts Customers Millions amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Access Bank Plc has rewarded 10 customers with one million naira each and 28 female customers with N100,000 each in its DiamondXtra monthly draw.

Access Bank Gifts Customers Millions amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Mr Victor Etuokwu, executive director, Retail Banking, of the bank, said in a statement said that the draw was held at the bank’s headquarters in Lagos.

He said the DiamondXtra initiative was the bank’s little way of creating value and meeting the needs of its customers during these trying times.

“We understand what our customers are going through this period, and the bank is committed to providing them with a world-class banking experience via our digital platforms whilst rewarding them for their patronage and savings culture.

“DiamondXtra is the best banking product in the country at the moment and I urge Nigerians to sign up to the most rewarding way to save,” Etuokwu said.

Adaeze Umeh, group head, Consumer Products and Propositions, Access Bank, is quoted in the statement as saying that 10 customers were rewarded with N1 million each and 28 female customers with N100,000 each in the draw.

“We are gearing up for the quarterly draw next month where we will be rewarding more than 1,000 customers with various cash prizes,” Umeh said.

She said that the reward scheme which was launched in 2008 and had been running every year since inception had rewarded over 5,000 customers in 2019.

According to her, over N5 billion has been given away in cash and gift items in the past 11 years.

“To be a part of the reward scheme, all you need to do is to open a DiamondXtra account by dialling *901*5# and fund the account with N5,000, with an increased chance of winning for every N5,000 saved.

“It’s even more exciting that both existing and new customers are eligible to win, simply by opening and maintaining their DiamondXtra account,” she said.

DiamondXtra is an interest yielding hybrid account, which allows deposits of both cash and third party cheques.

Hybrid means a combination of both savings and current account features.


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Nova Merchant Bank Floats N10Bn Bond

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Nova Merchant Bank, a leading merchant bank in Nigeria has announced that its ongoing N10 billion bond issuance is aimed at putting the business on firm footing to achieve its short-term and long-term goals.

Nova Merchant Bank Floats N10Bn Bond

The technology-driven financial institution is seeking to raise up to N10 billion 7-year Fixed Rate Subordinated Unsecured Bonds under its N50 billion debt issuance programme.

The bond has a price range of from 12 per cent to 12.50 per cent and the offer, which opened on June 30, will close on July 8, 2020

Anya Duroha, managing director/CEO, Nova Merchant Bank, who disclosed this, explained that the bank is raising the N10bn in Subordinated Unsecured Bonds under its N50 billion debt issuance programme.

Anya Duroha, managing director/CEO, Nova Merchant Bank

Duroha who pledged the bank’s commitment to creating superior value in the market and keeping customers at the centre of its business, noted that the Bond will be invested in long-term risk assets as part of its medium-term growth strategy and advised interested investors to obtain more details of the bond from the Bank’s website www.novambl.com.

Nova Merchant Bank Limited is a licensed merchant bank in Nigeria rated BBB by Agusto & Co. and A+ by Datapro and the bond which is issued under a SEC-approved N50billion Debt Issuance Programme is callable in five years by the bank.

Speaking to shareholders at a meeting recently, Mr. Phillips Oduoza, the bank’s chairman, noted that the bank reported a significant improvement in all the key financial indices compared to the previous year’s achievement, and attributed the growth to the successful execution of the 2019 strategic plan in line with the key pillars to position the bank as a market leader by 2025.

Mr. Phillips Oduoza, chairman, Nova Merchant Bank

He said that the Bank will continue to focus on digital banking, provision of long-term funding, wholesale and investment banking while maintaining a lean operating philosophy.


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Path Solutions Tops IBS Islamic Sales League Table 2020

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Path Solutions, a global banking software provider, was announced by IBS Intelligence as the leader in the Islamic financial services sector in IBS Islamic Sales League Table (SLT) 2020.

For the eighth year in a row, Path Solutions was recognized the undisputed leader in Islamic Banking with more new Islamic deals signed in 2019 than any of its industry peers. The company is part of the iconic IBSI Leadership Club 2020 for back office systems, topping the Islamic Banking category since 2017.

Separately, Path Solutions was recognized as the World’s 4th Universal Banking System Provider for the fifth consecutive year in IBS Global SLT. The dual recognition demonstrates Path Solutions’ cementing leadership position across the breadth of the financial services space.

In IBS SLT 2020, Path Solutions featured in four other categories; the Compliance, Digital Banking & Channels, Risk Management, and the Lending category, making it one of the preferred software vendors in these segments, expanding its solution footprint globally.

The annual IBS SLT is the global barometer for sales performance of Universal Banking, Islamic Banking, Wholesale Banking, Retail Banking, Private Banking, Lending, Digital Banking, CRM, Payments, Compliance & Risk Management, Investment & Fund Management-related technology market.

Mohammed Kateeb, Group Chairman & CEO of Path Solutions, commented, “These recognitions attest to our continued vigorous commitment and rigorous execution, seeing the pace and scale in the adoption of our flagship iMAL platform. It makes us incredibly proud to be serving our valued clients with a comprehensive open banking platform, innovative and state-of-the-art digital solutions complemented by deep intelligence built into all major business segments”.

Kateeb added, “Being recognized as the leader in Islamic SLT for the eighth year running demonstrates our company’s overall ability to meet the continuously emerging complex client requirements, emphasizing the breadth and depth of our suite of solutions, as well as our ability to accelerate time to market for products and services.

As our clients look at rethinking the playbook, we will continue to make industry leading R&D in intelligence and digital, to help them embrace the opportunities created by Industry 4.0 technologies and be more efficient and competitive”.

IBS ISLT spokesperson stated, “Islamic financing in recent years has seen tremendous growth spurred by more awareness, strong investments, digitalization and increasing financial inclusion in predominantly Islamic countries in the Middle East and Africa.

This year’s ISLT saw close competition between top players, where Path Solutions emerged as the winner for its iMAL platform. Many congratulations again for being at the leadership position in the Islamic Banking category”.


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FCMB Empowers SMEs with Training on Digital Technology, Logistics

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Business owners in Nigeria have been advised to leverage on the opportunities provided by digital technology to boost productivity, service delivery and overall performance of their organisations despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19.

This was the submission of guest speakers at the second edition of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) organised virtual capacity building programme for SMEs with the theme, “Leveraging Digital Technology & Logistics to Grow Your Business,” held recently.

The initiative was organised under the auspices of the bank’s free comprehensive capacity building programme, tagged, “Business Empowerment and Sustainability Training (BEST)’’ Masterclass and was put together by FCMB’sTraining Academy and SME Advisory Unit.

A statement explained that the online seminar, which recorded over 2,016 registered participants, focused on various topics, ranging from innovation, digital technology solutions, business model opportunities and adapting to the new normal.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic has continued to pose alarming economic, business and commercial impact globally. It has adversely limited the ability of businesses to meet high demand of goods and services due to the restrictions and other safety measures put in place by Governments and health authorities to contain the pandemic.

However, experts are of the opinion that these challenges can be overcome with the adoption of effective digital technology solutions and logistics.

In his presentation, an Associate Partner with Mckinsey & Company, Mr. Chika Ekeji, said, though, Covid-19 is disrupting the structure of businesses across Africa, the continent can respond to disruptions with four actions.

These, he listed to include a shift in business model, sustaining business and restoring operation, shaping a whole new business and restructuring company or industry, depending on the extent of business model disruption and extent of negative demand disruption.

According to him, “some of the ways business owners can respond to this impact are, respond, return and reimagine. Across all horizon, a number of technology solutions can be leveraged to adjust SME operations to the new normal with the goal of cutting cost, sustaining revenues, reaching (new) customers, delivering on commitments, managing supply chains and innovating”.

Another guest speaker, an Associate Director of Strategy and Economics at KPMG Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Zacchaeus, said businesses, particularly SMEs, should realign their strategies to embrace the new normal caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

He noted that this new reality presents a new set of conditions for success for SMEs and as such they must proactively adopt new strategies for survival, considering the challenging economic outlook.

He stressed that, “businesses will have to navigate the different phases of crisis maturity by responding to immediate challenges, managing through uncertainty, resetting and identifying opportunities and adapting to New Reality. The strategies for the New Reality include, building financial sustainability, manage your market to sustain revenue flows, diversify and explore new opportunities and re-evaluate your operating model plan with scenarios in mind”.

On his part, the Chairman of FASMICRO Group, Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, who was a special guest said, there was need for everyone in business to evaluate why they are in business which brings the market friction between demand and supply to equilibrium.

“To stay relevant in business, business owners are required to solve market frictions and those with the acquired skills have the capabilities to release products that can overcome the frictions. If you have a great product – great things will happen,” he added.

Ekekwe added that, “The ability of business owners to serve customers and deliver goods to them can be achieved through partnership with logistics companies who leverage on technology to reach customers.

By following this model in the right way and choosing appropriate tech solutions, business owners can gain visibility, transparency and save cost, which will in turn help them stay within the marginal cost of production.”

Commenting on the BEST Masterclass, Mrs. Bukola Smith, Executive Director, Business Development of FCMB, said the bank recognises the increasing role and impact of SMEs and particularly understand the impact COVID-19 might have on their operations.

According to her, “the BEST initiative has been redesigned to meet the changing dynamics of the environment with the addition of a Masterclass. This is one of the innovative ways we empower and lay a solid foundation for the success of our SME customers.

“We believe that this initiative, which is the second edition since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, will go a long way to impact positively on business owners. We will continue to go the extra mile to create opportunities that would enable our customers succeed despite the challenges.”


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