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VBank trends on Twitter, as popular celebrities like Donjazzy spread awareness

VBank, the mobile banking app of VFD Microfinance Bank, has been a top trend on Twitter all weekend.

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VBank, the mobile banking app of VFD Microfinance Bank, has been among the top trending topics on Twitter all weekend. This is due to the various testimonials that users have shared about the app, as well as a series of marketing campaigns for which the company have enlisted the services of popular celebrities like Donjazzy.

A few days ago, one excited user tweeted that she had just started using the VBank app and that she is certainly not going to regret doing so. In other words, setting up her VFD Microfinance Bank account is definitely one of the best decisions she has made thus far in 2020. Some of her followers agreed, as you can see below.

(READ THIS: Abbey Mortgage’s strategic deal with VFD to facilitate bank’s growth plan)

Popular music producer and founder of Mavin Records (Donjazzy) has also tweeted so much about VBank in recent days. The man had also been busy crediting the accounts of some lucky VBank mobile app users. Recently, he transferred the sum of N100,000 to a young lady who said she is using VBank to save in order to support her boyfriend’s M.Sc programme.

Recall that Nairametrics had previously written about the VBank mobile app. In late February 2020, our Founder (Ugodre Obi-Chukwu) recounted how he got introduced to the app by his friend and CEO of VFD Group, Nonso Okpala. If you missed that story, you may read it up right here.

VFD Microfinance Bank unveiled the VBank product earlier this year,  with the intention of making it Nigeria’s first truly virtual bank. As Nairametrics noted in an earlier report, VBank is a fully digital one-stop platform that offers a unique banking experience. The target audiences include both Nigerians who are already using banking services and those who are currently unbanked.

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READ ALSO: Meet Elochukwu Umeh, founder of Africa’s digital powerhouse

Why this matters: Small challenger banks like VFD Microfinance Bank have recently been disrupting the Nigerian banking industry, offering customers varied options of products and services to choose from. The growing competition that has resulted from this is expected to encourage all the players (both the traditional banks and new entrants) to continually improve on their offerings in order to attract new customers and retain old ones.

Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs.He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor.Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan.If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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    FG explains why Lagos-Ibadan rail line was not linked to the sea

    The government in its explanation said that the delay was due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.

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    FG needs $656 million to complete Lagos-Ibadan railway project – Amaechi, Nigeria loses N150 billion annually to shipping tariffs, Ibadan to Kano rail construction

    The Federal Government has stated why the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Nigeria Limited could not link the final part of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line to the sea.

    The government in its explanation said that it was due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.

    According to a press statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe, this disclosure was made by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while on a routine tour of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

    The Minister pointed out that the original blueprint for the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project was not adhered to by CCECC Nigeria Limited and TEAM consortium and therefore warned that the master plan of the soon to commence Ibadan-Kano rail line project should not be changed.

    The statement from the ministry partly reads, “The Nigerian Government has restated its commitment to connect the whole country by rail with the soon to commence Ibadan-Kano Standard Gauge Rail project.”

    Amaechi forewarned that the master plan of the soon to commence project should not be changed as the original blueprint for the Lagos-Ibadan wasn’t adhered to by Messrs CCECC Nigeria and TEAM consortium. The Minister who rode the train from Ebute-Meta to the 8.72 km Apapa Port Spur line, informed the media that the inability of Messrs CCECC Nigeria to link the final part of the rail line down to the sea is rather due to disruption by trucks going in and out of the port complex.’’

    The Minister had noted that the Federal Government has paid its share of the counterpart funding of the Ibadan-Kano rail line project and is waiting for China-Exim bank to ratify its side of the agreement for the project to commence.

    He also advised the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to acquire more land around the train stations and the rail tracks for future development adding that this will be near impossible to do in the future as whatever space available now would have been taken over by businesses attracted to the rail line.

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    It can be recalled that full commercial train services commenced on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line after train operations commenced on December 7, 2020, with only Lagos, Ibadan and Abeokuta residents enjoying the train services.

    This is because other minor and major stations along that route were yet to be completed.

     

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    Industrial Index loses -12.39 points, as BUA and Lafarge Cement shares top losers list

    The NSE Industrials index lost 12.39 index points in the first trading week in the month of April.

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    Manufacturing: Activity levels pick up albeit readings still below water

    The Nigerian Stock Exchange Industrial Index at the close of trading activities for the first week in the month of April closed on a bearish note, following a 0.66% decrease in the shares of BUA CEMENT and Lafarge.

    At the close of trading activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on the 9th of April 2021, the industrial index depreciated by 55.01 index points, to close lower at 1,928.18 index points for the week.

    When compared to the overall performance of the market, the NSE Industrial index underperformed, noting that the NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization depreciated by 0.66% to close the week at 38,866.39 and N20.3350 trillion respectively.

    READ: COVID-19, VAT, FX scarcity adversely impacted our operations in 2020 – Nigerian Breweries boss says

    What you should know

    The NSE Industrial Index was designed to provide an investable benchmark to capture the performance of the Industrial Sector. It comprises the most capitalized and liquid companies in the industrial sector and is based on the market capitalization methodology.

    The index tracks the performance of ten industrial companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange which includes Dangote, BUA, and Lafarge Cement.

    The overall performance of the companies for the week was bearish, as the index closed on a negative note driven by the decrease in the share price of BUA Cement and Lafarge.

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    MEYER (19.51) was the only gainer for the week, while BUACEMENT (-1.09%) and LAFARGE WAPCO (-3.00%) were the only losers for the week.

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    • MEYER up by19.51% to close at N0.49.

    LOSER

    • WAPCO down by -3.00% to close at N21.00.
    • BUACEMENT down by -1.09% to close at N72.70.

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