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FCMB’s Priceless Gift of Sight: Over 300,000 Nigerians with eye defects benefit

For 13 years, FCMB has been offering free testing, surgeries and glasses in partnership with TCF.

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First City Monument Bank (www.fcmb.com), in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF) of India, has so far carried out free eye surgeries, correctional testing services and provided glasses to over 300,000 Nigerians under the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, tagged Priceless Gift of Sight. Out of this number, the sight of almost 17,000 visually impaired Nigerians has been restored through surgeries, while the rest underwent tests to correct various eye defects and also received glasses.

The yearly intervention, which started in 2009, is designed to combat cataracts and other eye defects that could lead to blindness among underprivileged adults and children across various communities in Nigeria. FCMB has sustained this programme for thirteen consecutive years (2009 till date) by offering free testing, surgeries and glasses in partnership with TCF in Kebbi, Cross River, Imo, Abuja, Katsina and Adamawa.

The FCMB Priceless Gift of Sight initiative has also raised awareness on the magnitude of the problems associated with cataract in Nigeria. The Bank’s support to address the problem has gone a long way to improve the socio-economic well-being of the over 300,000 beneficiaries and their respective families. In addition, the programme serves as an avenue for indigenous medical and para-medical personnel to build their capacity through the training offered by the team of doctors provided by TCF that conducts the exercise.

The surgeries involve treatment of cataract with inter-ocular lens implantation to those who would otherwise be unable to access quality and affordable surgeries. Modern surgical techniques, using state of the art equipment, are in use in all the designated hospitals.

The exercise also includes, screening of patients by trained para-medical staff in the communities, transporting patients to the hospitals, full ophthalmic and medical examination of patients prior to surgery and the eventual surgery performed by the surgeons. Other measures put in place by FCMB and the Foundation are admission of screened patients for between 2 and 3 days before surgery, observation of the patients for at least 24 hours post-surgery, check-up on patients within six weeks after the surgery in their respective communities, and random post-operative audit by independent ophthalmologists to confirm the efficiency of the surgery and state of health of the beneficiaries.

The Group Head, Corporate Affairs of FCMB, Mr. Diran Olojo, explained that the Priceless Gift of Sight programme is a key aspect of the Bank’s CSR initiatives. According to him, “the importance of sight to the well-being of an individual and nation cannot be under-estimated. We are proud to sustain the execution of this initiative with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, because it has continued to positively touch and transform the lives of thousands of people, homes, businesses and the entire society. There is no gift in the world better than giving sight to the visually impaired. We believe that all communities in which we operate should benefit from our presence through our contribution to their sustainable development. We hope to extend this programme to more communities and states soon’’.

Also speaking on the initiative, the Chief Operating Officer of Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, Mr. Shravan Kasam, said, “FCMB has been a long-standing partner with TCF under the Mission for Vision programme across Nigeria. The continued partnership for over a decade reiterates the Bank’s commitment to the society and is best demonstrated by the Gift of Sight to those who would have avoidably gone blind in their lifetime. The interest shown by FCMB in the programme and the impact on beneficiaries are highly commendable. The need to address avoidable visual impairment in Nigeria is huge. We look forward to scaling up the programme and bringing the benefits to many more who are in need”.

In his testimony, a beneficiary of the project in Kebbi state in 2015, Malam Labaran Danjo, commended FCMB and the Foundation for coming to his aid and thousands of others suffering from cataract through the Priceless Gift of Sight programme. The 52-year-old farmer said, “for 13 years I battled with poor sight and at a point, it became so serious that I could barely see and my source of livelihood was affected. I lost hope of seeing again and this affected my farming and ability to cater for my family until I heard about this free eye surgery programme. I went through the necessary tests and the surgery which was very successful. Since then, my life and economic situation have become better”.

FCMB has a long history of community and human development intervention activities nationwide. The Bank’s CSR philosophy is centred on a commitment to the well-being of its customers and communities while contributing to their sustainable development. Over the years, FCMB has fulfilled this philosophy by implementing several initiatives within its three CSR focal areas, which are Poverty Alleviation, Economic Empowerment and Environmental Sustainability.

For more information about FCMB, please visit www.fcmb.com.

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Leadway Pensure celebrates the Nigerian Workforce on Workers’ Day

Leadway Pensure PFA provides top-notch services that assure customers of the safety of their funds and competitive returns on investment.

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The economy of Nigeria rests on the shoulders of working men and women who leverage their unique skills, knowledge, interests, and passion to create value every day.  Leadway Pensure believes that these dedicated men and women should be celebrated and as such, took to the airports in a surprise move to celebrate workers and especially their customers on the 1st of May 2021.

Leadway Pensure had Brand ambassadors positioned at the departure lobby, departure lounge, and arrival walkway of the local airports in Lagos and Port Harcourt and engaged traveling workers who took advantage of the public holiday to return home and reunite with their loved ones; welcoming and celebrating them with a warm smile, warm workers’ day wishes; while those registered with Leadway Pensure PFA and have downloaded the Pensure App on their mobile devices, were appreciated. The Pensure App is a one-stop-shop for customers to stay updated on their accounts and initiate major transactions.

“Showing appreciation and recognizing effort helps people feel valued and worthy.  As an organization in the business of helping people get more out of life, we are committed to doing things that constructively affect the lives of our customers at the moment and in the future,” said Ronke Adedeji, Managing Director/CEO of Leadway Pensure.

Certainly, every worker deserves commendation for their hard work and the value they bring, and it’s noteworthy that Leadway Pensure continues to take up this initiative.

Leadway Pensure PFA provides top-notch services that assure customers of the safety of their funds and competitive returns on investment. It is important to recall that the brand recently emerged as the most admired finance and pension brand at the recently held Africa Brand Awards, carting away the best customer care award at the ceremony.

Leadway Pensure PFA can be reached reach via several touchpoints namely, Online Enrolment Portal, Mobile App, Interactive SMS 07018000800, Pensure Online (P-Online.leadway-pensure.com), SureCal (Pensure Calculator) and these are platforms that provide convenient and transparent access to your pension funds under management.

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Branch announces free unlimited money transfers and Nigeria’s leading investment returns at 20%

Branch has provided over 3 million loans to Nigerians and is now expanding to offer 20% investments and free money transfers.

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Africa’s leading finance app invites Nigerians to compare and save

With over 23 million downloads, Branch is one of the most popular lending apps in the world. The app now offers 2 new noteworthy services:

  • Unlimited free money transfer (unmatched amongst today’s finance apps)
  • 20% per annum investment returns (amongst Nigeria’s highest)

These new offerings complement instant loans up to N500,000, free bill pay, airtime top-ups, and other existing services found within the app.  Taken together, customers can now enjoy a single app to manage their money with unmatched value.

“Finding the best deal when it comes to your money can be overwhelming. We have made it simple. Compare our 20% returns and free money transfers to see how Branch is better than your bank” says Dayo Ademola, Managing Director of Branch Nigeria.

A better deal — what’s the catch?

No catch.

Branch’s unlimited free transfers to recipient bank accounts have no hidden fees or restrictions. Most financial apps today charge a transfer fee or cap the number of free transfers.

Unlike other investment platforms where the money is locked for a fixed period, our customers can withdraw their investments after a 24-hour period.  Branch’s 20% per annum return is paid weekly.  Investments through the Branch app are channeled into low risk financial instruments with capital preservation as the ultimate goal. Branch also forfeits its commissions to customers in order to provide returns that are amongst Nigeria’s highest.

To further encourage new customer trials, Branch is offering a limited time additional incentive: for each deposit of N300 or more using the wallet, customers receive a N50 bonus – up to N6,000 in bonuses per year.

There are so many apps.  Why trust Branch?

Branch is licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria as a Finance Company and authorised to provide services such as credit and fund management.  Over 23 million people have installed Branch’s app with a 4.4 star rating by over 300,000 reviews on Google Play.  Branch is backed by some of the world’s biggest investors, including Andreessen Horowitz (early backers of Facebook & Twitter) and Visa.  Since 2018, Branch has provided over 3 million loans to Nigerians and is now expanding to offer 20% investments and free money transfers.

About Branch

With over 23 million downloads, Branch is a leading finance app that provides Nigerians access to instant loans, free money transfers, bill payment, and an investment platform that offers a 20% interest rate per annum, all in one place.  In addition to Nigeria, Branch International has offices in Kenya, India, and Silicon Valley.  Founded in 2015, its mission is to provide world-class financial services to the mobile generation.

The Branch app is available on Android devices and can be downloaded on the Google Play Store. Learn more at Branch.com.ng.

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