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First Bank presents devices to Lagos towards driving 1 million students to e-learning

Bank  has enabled over 10,000 free sign-ups to the Roducate e-learning platform.

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Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider on Thursday, 11 June 2020, presented 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State government at the State House in Marina, Lagos. The devices are planned for distribution to school children.

With the gesture, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the State had found a “real development partner” in FirstBank, noting that the intervention came at a time the Government was massively deploying technology to transform the conventional mode of teaching and learning.

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The presentation of these devices which is also in partnership with Robert & John (an edu-tech company that owns Roducate) is part of activities implemented to close the gap caused by the disruption in children education’s due to schools’ closure, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far the Bank  has enabled over 10,000 free sign-ups to the Roducate e-learning platform with the goal to empower one million students.

“When we were developing our vision to change the face of education in Lagos, we knew from the outset that we could not achieve much progress in improving the quality of learning without using technology as a strong enabler. So, it is not out of place that we are witnessing more infusion of technology in learning and this intervention by FirstBank could not have come at a better time,” said Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State.

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“It feels great when you have people and organisations share in your vision and working with you to realise it. I’m glad to say that we have found a real development partner in FirstBank, which has supported us to actualise the vision we have signed to achieve.

Many years back, nobody foresaw Coronavirus (COVID-19) would come and disrupt our ways of life. These devices will be useful to our pupils in the current circumstances we have found ourselves.”

“FirstBank and all technical partners that worked on this project have written their names in the heart of students that will be using the device to learn. They will be forever grateful for passing the future to them.”

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The e-learning device is configured in line with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary schools across various fields of academic endeavours, such as science, commercial and arts.

It is built to promote cost-effective learning as there is minimal need for internet connectivity, whilst learning on the device is on-going.

Speaking on the presentation, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said “the e-learning initiative aligns with our Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiatives and falls under one of our key strategic pillars, Education.”

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“We are excited to promote education and have consistently demonstrated this in our support of 10 universities and 3 secondary schools on infrastructure projects; our support of 10 universities with professorial Chairs and provision of financial literacy, entrepreneurial and career counselling to over 80,000 students in over 80 secondary schools in the country”, he added.

The Bank has also collaborated with IBM and Curious Learning to ensure the e-learning initiative swiftly moves across the country to school children and individuals with the need to promote the pursuit of knowledge, irrespective of age.

The partnership with IBM, offers the Digital-Nation Africa program, an online youth-focused learning programme that enables innovation and skills development on emerging technologies through focus areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Cloud, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Data Science and Analytics, and Cybersecurity whilst Curious Learning offers academic-based contents for students aged 3-8, using fun, self-guided learning apps to help them with their cognitive skills at a fundamental level.

About FirstBank
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 125 years.
With over 750 business locations and 55,000 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 15 million customers. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.
The Bank has been nimble at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such milestone in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 9.5million people on its USSD banking service through the nationally renowned *894# banking service and over 3.5 million people on Firstmobile platform.
Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.
FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is to always put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.
Folake Ani-Mumuney
Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications
www.firstbanknigeria.com

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Rivers, Kwara, receive 6 ambulances, food supplies and N100million each from BUA for COVID-19 intervention

BUA Foundation said the donations are intended to assist both governments in fighting the pandemic.

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Rivers, Kwara, receive 6 ambulances, food supplies and N100million each from BUA for COVID-19 intervention

The Rivers and Kwara State governments have commended BUA Group through its philanthropic arm, BUA Foundation for its support to both states in assisting in their fight against COVID-19. This came as BUA donated 6 ambulances, food supplies and 100million Naira each to both states.

 

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Khalifa Rabiu, Executive Director, BUA Foundation addressing Nyesome Wike, Governor Rivers State during the presentation of 3 ambulances to the state Government to help fight the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Speaking while presenting the ambulances to Nyesome Wike, the Rivers State governor in Port Harcourt and his Kwara State counterpart, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in Ilorin, representatives of BUA Foundation said the donations are intended to assist both governments in fighting the pandemic to a standstill as number of cases continue to rise in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: COVID19 UPDATE: Jigawa, Sokoto states receive ambulance from BUA Foundation

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On his part, Governor Wike praised the sustained support from BUA Foundation to the Rivers State government. He also revealed that the company has made a donation of 100million as well as 4,000 cartons of pasta for which the State remained grateful

L-R: Khalifa Rabiu, Executive Director, BUA Foundation and Nyesome Wike, Governor of Rivers state at the presentation of 3 ambulances to the Rivers Government to help fight the Coronavirus Pandemic in the state.

READ ALSO: Caverton Helicopters Ltd explains incidents that led to shutdown of its Rivers’ offices

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Also, Governor AbdulRahman thanked Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Executive Chairman of the Group for the ambulances and the 100million Naira donations to Kwara state which will further strengthen the state’s fight against the pandemic. He also added that the donations will be used judiciously.

Since the start of the pandemic, BUA has committed about 20million dollars to various efforts to tackle the virus within Nigeria.

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Propertymart boosts affordable housing, allocates plots at Fairmont Hilltop Estate  

Allottees were full of commendations for the Company as they took possession of their plots.

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Leading real estate company, Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited, has intensified its effort to provide affordable housing to Nigerians with the allocation of plots of land to subscribers at Scheme Two of its Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, Lagos.

Subscribers to the residential scheme, an affordable housing initiative, were full of commendations for the Company as they took possession of their plots at the weekend.

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The subscribers, who praised both the scenic hilltop estate and infrastructure already provided by the Company, also hailed the speedy and transparent allocation process.

One of the allottees, Gibson Eze, praised the Company, saying “I’m impressed with Propertymart. I like their customer service in particular and I will be recommending this Estate to others because my experience so far has been excellent. Every one of their activities is documented, and since it’s documented, it gives you the room to have trust. Once there is documentation, trust can easily flow.”

Another allottee, Biodun Koleosho, also praised Propertymart for the excellent layout of the Estate and not using the COVID-19 lockdown to delay allocation of plots.

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He said, “They have done an excellent job of following up on keeping to their word and that is being able to deliver plots to customers. In terms of documentation, despite the COVID-19 lockdown, they got in touch with me and sent me an e-copy of the contract pending when I could come to the office and sign the hard copy. So, despite the challenges of COVID-19, they are still able to deliver as promised.”

Head, Marketing Services, Palton Morgan Holdings, Oluwaseyi Otulana (left), and an allottee, Bosede Otusanya, at the physical allocation of plots of land to subscribers of Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, Lagos, at the weekend.

An elated Mrs Abiola Oni also said, “I like the speedy nature of the sale and documentation process. We paid around early February, and here we are in June with our plot. The environment is nice and cool. I am impressed with Propertymart.”

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Mrs Lynda Esohe Ugbesi, who stood in for her brother, Lucky Anthony, couldn’t contain her excitement with the serene Estate. She explained that “The environment is conducive and accessible. The terrain is excellent. I can see flooding won’t be an issue. The allocation process is transparent. I’m happy with the way everything has been done. I was even asking if they have more plots available so that I can tell others about the Estate.”

While commending the beautiful location, another allottee, Timothy Oyeniyi, said he had been on the lookout for a beautiful estate to invest in and that Fairmont Hilltop fit the bill perfectly.

He said, “It is secure from the hustle and bustle of the main Ota; it is close to Lagos. You can jump in and out without having to go through the potholes that many people experience in Ota. It’s a serene environment. That’s what I like about the location itself. And the fact that it’s a border town between Ogun and Lagos States.”

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Speaking about the Estate and Propertymart’s resolve to provide affordable housing to Nigerians, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Propertymart, Oluwasegun Damiro said, “We are committed to helping many Nigerians own their homes in a safe and secure environment and at pocket-friendly prices.”

He said, “we are for the grassroots and what we want to sell to people, particularly first-time homeowners, is affordability. Inside this Estate, we have some two-bedroom bungalows that we are constructing for people who won’t have time to build and want to save themselves the hassles of buying land and clearing. This is apart from the common land grabbers issue.”

Managing Director, Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited, Abimbola Arasi (left), and an allottee, Segun Fasasi, at the physical allocation of plots of land to subscribers of Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, Lagos, at the weekend.

Damiro added that though plots in Schemes One and Two in the Estate have been fully taken, prospective homeowners can take up the exciting promo offers in Scheme Three which run till the end of June.

“Ordinarily, our plot size is 500 Sqm, but we have 400 Sqm, 324 Sqm and 240 Sqm so that you could pay as low as N5 million. It’s all to encourage people. The promo price for 500sqm in Scheme Three is N7.8 million. That’s a discount of about N2 million from what you have in Schemes One and Two,” he said.

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Damiro further added that Propertymart, which has been in the real estate business for over 12 years doesn’t just sell land, but a lifestyle to its customer.

He said, “We have allocated over 6,000 homes and serviced plots since inception and we are glad that our customers have faith in us. We don’t just sell land. What we sell is a lifestyle. Before people move in, infrastructure is ready. Street light, roads, electrification, which means that even before you start building, you have a planned Estate where you can start dreaming of where to keep a home—your children, where they are going to play. Where you can get your groceries. What we sell every day is a lifestyle, not just the normal Omo Onile.”

Fairmont Hilltop Estate, Alagbado, is part of the ‘The Fairmont’ serviced plots strategically located in Arepo and Lekki-Ajah. They are not only affordable but also allow clients to live in safe, beautiful environments with well-defined perimeters.

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WAeY provides income opportunities for Nigerians amidst and beyond COVID-19

WAeY guarantees that you get your deliveries in the shortest possible time.

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The logistics industry has been one of the unsung heroes in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This industry has been instrumental in the continuous movement of the wheels of online commerce. In fact, without the logistics companies, e-commerce would not be nearly as successful as it currently is. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, demand for last-mile logistics has increased significantly as people are more dependent on online stores and e-commerce sites to meet their urgent need for food, clothes, and other home essentials.

The importance of this industry is further evident in the numbers. According to the Global Logistics Market Report, global logistics reached a value of $4,730 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach an impressive value of $6,300 billion by 2024. Bringing it home to Nigeria, the industry has enjoyed steady growth and development and was valued at N250 billion in the 2018 Logistics and Supply Chain industry report. Early on, the sector was dominated by international courier companies until the influx of top e-commerce players who created the need for same-day delivery services at affordable rates, thereby strengthening the growth of the sector.

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In recent years, the logistics industry has benefitted from advancements in technology, integration and globalisation. Some of the notable advancements we have seen include GPS tracking, automated material handling, drones, internet of things, and smart logistics technology. All of these have improved efficiencies along trucking transportation, international transportation, supply chain management and shipment tracking. While not all of these technological innovations are available in Nigeria, several logistic companies have sprung up and are capitalizing on these utilities to enable them deliver superior services such as on-demand delivery.

One of the companies doing this, and expertly so, is WAeY. This platform is leading the pack in making instant deliveries of any type of parcel more convenient and accessible. What WAeY does is to match riders to requests closes to them on an app, ensuring that the often frustrating hurdles you experience with more traditional logistics companies is eliminated completely. Essentially, WAeY guarantees that you get your deliveries in the shortest possible time, a feat that would not be achievable without heavy reliance on technology.

It is also worthy of mention that the WAeY methodology has a ripple economic effect on players within the sector again through its dependency on technology. By giving the customer and business owner the ability to track orders in real-time, it becomes easier to build and renew trust between users and delivery service providers. With trust being a major currency in service delivery, this will inadvertently yield positive results with a promise of up to 80% returns for partners or bike owners according to information available on their social media accounts.

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What is most interesting to note at this time is that WAeY Technology – in partnership with HOR Logistics – is at the moment offering business opportunities for entrepreneurs and those who need a source of income in a time like this. With the growing demand for logistics occasioned by the new normal that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced, on-demand logistic services are set to thrive. In response to the increased demand, WAeY is offering interested partners an opportunity to come on board. With as low as N600,000, anyone can become a business partner and enjoy access to a bike, medical insurance, training, and more.

As questions continue to swirl around opportunities for economic gain in a post-COVID era, one of the sectors that will surely experience a boom is the logistics sector. Furthermore, its low-cost entry and ability to deliver quick returns makes it a sweet spot for any interested participant. Will you consider this business opportunity with WAeY? You can reach them via email at [email protected].

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