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How Sterling Bank has kept up the fight against COVID – 19

Sterling Bank hits closer to home because the bank’s priority sectors are Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Transportation.

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The first step is to make that decision to do what counts. Show care, inform, give, share and love. This is how progress is made and we grow. This is how you help a friend or a loved one. This is what makes us human.

For Sterling Bank, it hits closer to home because the bank’s priority sectors are Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Transportation. This is the H.E.A.R.T of Sterling. This is what makes it beat. With Health as one of the main pillars, the bank has supported the fight against the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic since its inception, necessitating its novel interventions which include:

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* A 250 Million Naira donation to assist the Federal Government’s fight against COVID-19
* The sponsorship of a drive-through mass testing centre with a target capacity of 200 tests per day
* A 50 Million Naira donation to Fate Foundation to convert and equip Igbobi Hospital as an isolation centre
* Free healthcare checkup for 60 days
* Contribution of 25 Million Naira to the launch of the Health Workers Fund on Giving.ng
* The development of an educative COVID game

With the rise in the number of people affected by COVID-19 in Nigeria, the bank made a donation of N250 million to support the Federal Government’s effort to curtail the spread in the country. According to the financial institution, the donation is part of its contribution to the Bankers’ Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to combat the epidemic, adding that it is also working with the newly formed Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19.

In addition, a free mobile testing centre was launched as they saw the need to expand testing for the virus in the community. This was made possible by LifeBank in partnership with The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and was proudly sponsored by Sterling Bank.

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The idea was conceived, it got funded, the facility was built and it was launched in just 5 days. On 31st March 2020, 70 people were tested and the aim is to get 200 people tested per day. The Drive-through Mass Testing Centre is located at the parking lot of the Cancer Research Centre of NIMR. To get tested, visit http://nimr.covid.com.ng to register.

Sterling Bank also saw the need to design and equip a state-of-the-art isolation centre as the number of infected people grew. In partnership with Fate Foundation, the bank made a donation of 50 Million Naira to convert the Igbobi Hospital into an isolation centre for the fight of coronavirus.

The Bank, in its creative corporate citizenship, to combat the scourge of this unwanted pandemic decided to offer free health care checkups. The venture was made available through the partnership with Tremendoc Limited, a technology service whose mobile application provides a virtual doctor on-demand. They are making doctors available anytime and anywhere and for 60 days, customers will have 24-hour access to free medicals on Sterling Bank’s tab. All that is required is to visit sterling.ng/doc to get started.

 

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There was also the design of the COVID game, a simple but very interactive, fun and informative game developed with the aim of creating awareness about the Coronavirus and more importantly, to show the right preventive measures to take when dealing with the virus. To play the game, visit sterling.ng/cov19.

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Sterling Bank also saw the need to design and equip a state-of-the-art isolation centre as the number of infected people grew. In partnership with Fate Foundation, the bank made a donation of 50 Million Naira to convert the Igbobi Hospital into an isolation centre for the fight of coronavirus.

The Bank, in its creative corporate citizenship, to combat the scourge of this unwanted pandemic decided to offer free health care checkups. The venture was made available through the partnership with Tremendoc Limited, a technology service whose mobile application provides a virtual doctor on-demand. They are making doctors available anytime and anywhere and for 60 days, customers will have 24-hour access to free medicals on Sterling Bank’s tab. All that is required is to visit sterling.ng/doc to get started.

There was also the design of the COVID game, a simple but very interactive, fun and informative game developed with the aim of creating awareness about the Coronavirus and more importantly, to show the right preventive measures to take when dealing with the virus. To play the game, visit sterling.ng/cov19.

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But that’s not all. There is one more touchpoint.

There are the health workers at the forefront of this fight that no one is paying attention to. Sterling Bank saw that these medical practitioners were putting their lives at risk for the greater good and this is what necessitated the donation to the Health Workers Fund – a crowdfunding initiative for health workers at the forefront of the fight of this deadly pandemic to assist them, their family and loved ones in getting through these times.

Giving, a crowdfunding platform has launched a special COVID-19 fund where Nigerians can make their contributions towards the goal. The aim is to raise One Billion Naira to support the cause and the health workers on the forefront of this fight.

You can join in the fight against COVID-19, by making a contribution to eradicate this pandemic for good. Contributions can be made on https://giving.ng/covid19. Every naira donated will go a long way in saving the country we call our home.

Since the start of this pandemic, we have seen a lot of efforts collectively worldwide to put an end to it as soon as possible and to find a cure. We are sad but we will fight for it as long as it takes because this is a fight for humanity.

 

 

 

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Ministry of Health approves COVID-19 protocols for aviation sector, as airports prepare to resume

Flight attendants would be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 test every fortnight, at the expense of their employers.

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Ministry of Health approves COVID-19 protocols for aviation sector, as airports prepare to resume

Flight crew members will now be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of their flights.

They would also be required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 test every fortnight, at the expense of their employers.

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This is part of the mandatory COVID-19 protocols approved by the Federal Ministry of Health for the aviation industry, as the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) prepares to gradually ease the lockdown on its operations on June 7.

NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, stated this at a virtual event organised by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) titled COVID-19: The Challenges and Opportunity for Nigeria’s Aviation Value Chain, During and Post.

According to Nuhu who sent letters to airline operators, airports, and other service providers, these new protocols override existing practices where the international flight crew members are quarantined for 14 days upon their return to Nigeria.

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In addition, the airlines must also conduct orientation and sensitisation of their crew on Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures, in addition to having adequate stock of PPE, minimum 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and Universal Precaution Kits (UPK) on board every aircraft.

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The letter reads; “Onboard the flight crew will request passengers wash their hands after using the lavatory, apply disinfectant spray in lavatory every 60 minutes during the flight and maintain a safe distance between passengers and themselves; avoid direct physical contact and serve only pre-packed meals to passengers.

“Flight deck crew must wear non-medical face masks and gloves but can remove face masks when the cockpit door is closed. They must also ensure safe removal of gloves after performing specific tasks and avoid touching their face and eyes with unclean hands.” 

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The new protocols according to Nuhu, are a result of a proposal earlier sent by the NCAA to the Ministry of Aviation for approval.

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Recall that on March 13, President Muhammadu Buhari had announced a shutdown of airport operations for one month. The shutdown was initially extended by two weeks and then later extended by four weeks; all part of measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision to commence flights at the airports on June 7, according to the NCAA, is to avoid chocking the “system”.

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The airports where operations will commence are the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja; Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja; Aminu Kano Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt Airport, Choba, Rivers State.

“We may resume domestic operations with four or five airports and we hope to expand as we get better. We don’t want to rush everything at the same time and get it choked up,” he said.

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On the issue of physical distancing…

The issue of a 2 metre physical distance has, however, not been concluded in the newly approved protocols, as the NCAA has stated that airlines may not be able to adhere to it.

“Every money is important and we cannot achieve the two-meter physical distance. We are hopeful in the next few days we can resolve those issues and allow the airlines to commence operations,” he said.

In his presentation, Air Peace Chairman, Mr Allen Onyema, also disagreed with plans to leave the middle seats of aircraft free as that could further affect  the revenue of the airlines.

He suggested instead that the government provide intervention for local carriers to enable them retain their workers as the pandemic has bored a deep hole in their pockets.

“We should be asking the government for specific things that would help retain jobs. Job retention should be first and foremost. These people’s livelihood are endangered and we must do everything possible to keep  their jobs.”

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Covid-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 28th of May 2020, 182 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria bringing the total confirmed cases recorded in the country to 8,915.

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to rise as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 8,915 confirmed cases.

On the 28th of May 2020, 182 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

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To date, 8915 cases have been confirmed, 2592 cases have been discharged and 259 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory having carried out 49,966 tests.

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  • Total Number of Cases – 8,915
  • Total Number Discharged – 2,592
  • Total Deaths – 259
  • Total Tests Carried out – 49,966

The 182 new cases are reported from 16 states- Lagos (111), FCT (16), Akwa Ibom (10), Oyo (8), Kaduna (6), Delta (6), Rivers (5), Ebonyi (4), Ogun (4), Kano (3), Plateau (2), Gombe (2), Kebbi (1), Kwara (2), Bauchi (1), Borno (1).

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The latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 4123, followed by Kano (939), Abuja at 535, Katsina (358), Oyo (260), Borno (258), Ogun (246), Jigawa (241), Edo (240), Bauchi (234), Kaduna (221),  Rivers (176), Gombe (154), Sokoto (116), Plateau (99).

Kwara State has recorded 87 cases, Zamfara (76), Nasarawa (62), Delta (57), Yobe (47), Akwa Ibom (45), Osun (44), Ebonyi (40), Adamawa (38), Imo (34), Kebbi (33), Niger (30), Ondo (24), Ekiti (20), Taraba and Enugu (18), Bayelsa (12), Anambra (11), Abia (10), Benue (7), while Kogi state has recorded 2 cases.

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

 

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May 20, 202066772842008184046377
May 19, 202064012261921173444757
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May 11, 202046412421521090235894
May 10, 202043992481421777834794
May 9, 202041512391271174532784
May 8, 202039123861181067931154
May 7, 20203526381108460128184
May 6, 20203145195104553425071
May 5, 2020295014899548123704
May 4, 2020280224594641722912
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COVID-19 reveals that many Nigerians have no emergency savings

The playout of events following the lockdowns resulting from the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic shows that Nigerians do not have emergency savings

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Though we are still grappling with the effects  of COVID-19, it may not be too early to begin to take stock and find out what we did well during the pandemic and what we should have done better.

Almost everyone’s radar has been on the ill-preparedness or lack of appropriate response by the government, with little or no time for an inward look at ourselves. The type of government we have in Nigeria should not have left anyone surprised at their response to the pandemic, especially when it came to the welfare of the populace. What do you expect from a government that is dysfunctional, at best?

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With such government, it is time for Nigerians to begin to watch out for themselves and prepare for the unforeseen, like the times we are in currently. The playout of events following the lockdowns caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shows that Nigerians do not have emergency savings.

According to a recent publication from the Punch Newspaper, “Barely one month of a lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun state, millions of Nigerians had become stricken with hunger. Many could not bear an extension of the movement restrictions.” The ensuing protests were indicative of the fact that many Nigerians were living off their daily incomes with no savings to fall back on.

High Poverty Level

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Many may have asked how they could save without having funds, to begin with. Agreed, the level of poverty is high in Nigeria; however, people should know that having savings is not a luxury, but a necessity. It does not have to be large, but putting aside something, no matter how small on a regular basis goes a long way in times of emergency.

I have seen images of Nigerians who surprised themselves and others with how much they saved over time in their piggy banks. There is no hard and fast rule of how much one should have in emergency funds, but there seems to be an agreement among financial analysts and planners that having the equivalent of 6 months’ expenses in your emergency savings account is the ideal.

The author of the book “Richest Man in Babylon” stated it clearly that if you do not save, it means that you have paid everyone else but yourself.

How to Start Saving

Pay yourself first: In line with the instructions in “The Richest Man in Babylon,” when you receive your monthly salary or collect that sales proceed from your business, “pay yourself first” by saving at least 10% of your collections or salary. For the salary earner, set up a direct deposit account where the money would be taken out of your pay directly into a bank savings account. By so doing, you are forced to save.

(READ MORE: If you experience these signs then know your salary is not enough)

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Cultivate the savings habit: Just as spontaneous buying is a habit, form the habit of saving. Do not see saving as putting aside the remnants (if any) after all your expenses. If that is your attitude to savings, then you fall into the group that pays everyone else but themselves.

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One thing is certain; as long as you have the money, there will always be something that is going to demand that money from you.

 

Remind yourself to save: If you are a salary earner who does not want to set up a direct deposit from your paycheck or you are a businessman or woman of any means, you can set up a savings reminder around the time you receive your salary or around your peak business time.

One website that can help you with this is https://www.futureme.org/  With this website, you can send an email to yourself to be delivered around the time you expect to receive your pay or business income, reminding yourself to save. Just like you set an alarm on your mobile phone, you can do so with a reminder to save.

Start Small ASAP: The Bible says that if you are not faithful with small things, how can you be faithful with larger things. You do not need millions to start saving, all you need is the will, the determination, and consistency. So, start small and start now, but be consistent.

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Reduce your Expenses: As already noted, one of the reasons that people do not save is because their expenses keep increasing, even when income sources are shrinking. If you find yourself in that situation (and you surely will, at one point or the other), cut down on your expenses and make them fall in line with trends in your income. Avoid spontaneous, emotional and flamboyant buying. Buy out of need, not out of want.

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Why It Seems Difficult to Save: To a whole lot of people, it is difficult to save because they live in the now. This is what financial psychologists call scarcity of attention. This scarcity of attention stops people from seeing what is really important and makes them see the urgent current expenses they need to cover.

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One reason why it is difficult to save is that while the expenses keep rising (out of increased need and inflation), sources of income keep shrinking or stagnating. The good thing however, is that we have the option to shrink our expenses in line with shrinkages in our income, but often times, we do not choose to do that. That is where the inability to save starts from.

Conclusion: If there is any lesson, we learned from the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, it is and should be that emergencies happen, and efforts should be made to cushion the financial impact of such emergencies by preparing for them in advance through emergency savings.


 

Written by  Uchenna Ndimele uchenna@mutualfundsnigeria.com

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