UBA Emerges Best CSR Company in West Africa
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Foremost financial institution in Nigeria, UBA Plc, has been named the best CSR company in West Africa by the Social Enterprise Report Awards (SERAS).
The bank’s CSR arm, UBA Foundation, was honoured with this award at the 10th SERAS ceremony, which held at the Muson Centre in Lagos on Friday, November 11, 2016.
UBA Foundation beat other nominees in its category, including; Lafarge, MTN, Nestoil, P&G, Exxon Mobil and Shell to emerge best in CSR in the West African region.
Since 2006, The SERAS CSR Awards-Africa has celebrated outstanding companies who through their immense contributions have become the game changers driving the wheels for sustainable development in Africa.
“We are driven by the mantra ‘do well do good’. We would not relent in our efforts at touching lives through our various projects, and initiatives said Ms Ijeoma Aso, MD/CEO UBA Foundation, while receiving the award.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of TruContact, organizers of the SERAS awards, Mr Ken Egbas, commended UBA Foundation for its strong footprints across Nigeria and Africa through its Read Africa Projects and the scholarship grants given to winners of the National Essay Competition. These initiatives are truly impactful he noted.
He said the awards is borne out of the need to recognize the Game Changers whose relentless contributions have helped give hope to Africa at the same time drive sustainable development amid strife. “For these companies, they understand that agility, innovation, fluidity, decisiveness and commitment accelerates the pace of change, Africa craves for” he stated.
The awards nights attracted dignitaries and Business leaders, from different industries across Nigeria with many praising the organizers for its consistency since 2006.
Wema Bank Educates Students on Personal Finance
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
As part of activities to mark 2023 Global Financial Literacy Day, Wema Bank Plc this week organised a financial literacy programme for students across all states it operates.
The innovative financial institution said the financial literacy sessions for secondary school students aligned with its commitment to championing financial literacy for the next generation.
The Deputy Managing Director of Wema Bank, Mr Wole Akinleye, who led the financial literacy session at Yola Model School, Adamawa State, encouraged the students on the importance of developing financial literacy as a life skill.
Speaking on the significance of Financial Literacy Week, Mr Akinleye emphasized Wema Bank’s commitment to empowering young minds with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed financial decisions.
“Our hope is that through these initiatives, we can empower more individuals to take control of their finances and achieve financial stability,” he noted.
It was gathered that students were trained on personal finance topics such as budgeting, emergency funds, saving for goal actualization, investment, and donating for positive societal impact, amongst others.
The idea, according to a statement from the lender, is to instil an early understanding of the significance of building a solid financial foundation and achieving financial stability and success from a young age.
The 2023 Global Financial Literacy Day was themed Plan your Money, Plant your Future.
Financial literacy is vital for the achievement of financial stability, and it is essential to ensure that everyone has the necessary tools to manage their finances effectively and achieve their financial goals.
Wema Bank Plc reaffirmed its commitment to providing educational resources and opportunities for children through the Royal Kiddies Account and a range of other savings products, supporting financial empowerment for the next generation.
Access Bank Gets Regulatory Nod to Merge Zambian Subsidiaries
By Adedapo Adesanya
Banking regulators have approved the merger between Access Bank Zambia Limited and African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited.
Access Bank Plc announced on October 25, 2021, that it had executed a binding agreement with Altas Maras Limited on a proposed merger between African Banking Corporation Limited (Atlas Mara Zambia) and the bank’s subsidiary in Zambia, Access Bank Zambia.
This was contained in a notice filed by the company by Mr Oyelola Oyeleye, the group’s company secretariat and Mr Sunday Ekwoche, its company secretary, on the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange, where it trades its securities on Friday.
“We are pleased to announce that Access Zambia has received final regulatory approval from the Central Bark of Zambia for the acquisition and merger of Atas Mara Zambia into its existing operations (the Transaction),” the statement read.
It was disclosed that The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Competition Commission had earlier granted their “no objection” to the transaction in 2022.
Following this new development, Access Zambia said it would move towards integrating and merging Atlas Mara Zambia into its operations, which is expected to create one of the top five banks in Zambia.
The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.
Reps Call for Urgent Overhaul of Electronic Banking Platforms
By Adedapo Adesanya
The House of Representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to direct commercial banks to urgently overhaul their online and electronic banking platforms.
At Thursday’s plenary, the green chamber said this would ease the electronic banking operations that the banks were implementing in line with the cashless/Naira redesign policy of the apex bank and reduce the pains of Nigerians.
The resolution came off a motion on notice moved by a lawmaker from Edo State, Mr Sergius Ose-Ogun, in the lower house.
“The House notes that Section 88 (1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) empowers the National Assembly to conduct investigations into the activities of any authority executing or administering laws made by the National Assembly (like the Central Bank of Nigeria);
“Aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria is established under Section 1 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, Cap. C4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to issue legal tender currencies in Nigeria;
“Also aware that Section 2 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act saddles the Central Bank of Nigeria with the duty of promoting a sound financial system in Nigeria;
“Acknowledges that in the wake of the recent naira redesign and cash withdrawal limit policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, there has been an increase in the use of online and electronic banking services to carry out monetary transactions across the country;
“Also acknowledges that the use of online or internet banking services by Nigerians in the past three months or thereabout has been characterized by varying degrees of hitches ranging from unsuccessful electronic bank transfers, point of sale (POS) service failure and a host of others;
“Disturbed that the ineffectiveness or difficulty in using internet banking services across the online banking platforms of most commercial banks in Nigeria has brought untold hardship, suffering and difficulties on Nigerians in the past three months.
“Worried that if nothing is done by the Central Bank of Nigeria and the commercial banks to address these difficulties or ineffectiveness, Nigerians will continue to suffer untold hardships and loss of monies to unsuccessful electronic bank transactions.
“Resolves to urge the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to direct all commercial banks in the country to immediately overhaul their existing online/electronic banking platforms for efficiency and ease of conducting electronic banking operations,” the motion read.
The House Committee on Banking and Currency was mandated to monitor and ensure compliance with the resolution within four weeks.
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