Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc on Friday made good its promise of a truly merry yuletide to its customers as 64 of its customers were rewarded at its grand ‘super savers promo draw, ending the year on a celebratory note.
The lucky winners who are now guaranteed an enjoyable festive season courtesy of UBA, cut across various account segments.
23 UBA Bumper accounts holders smiled home with a grand prize of N2 million, N1.2 million, N500,000 and N100,000. 10 UBA Savings accounts holders were also rewarded with N1million each, 10 students of tertiary institutions and Youth Corps members with a UBA NextGen account got pocket money rewards of N180,000 for a year, while 20 children with a UBA Kiddies or Teens Account got N200,000 school fees grant and finally 1 domiciliary account holder was rewarded with N1million.
The draw which was held on Friday amid fanfare had representatives from the Consumer Protection Council(CPC), the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), and the Lagos State Lottery Board in attendance to ensure transparency and accountability.
Winners, who emerged, from the Super Savers draw include; Ranti Esther Olaniyi, who screamed with joy after being informed on the phone that she was the star prize winner of a whooping N2m while Ayuba Nafisa Yusuf won N1.2m. Another lucky winner, Akor Dzer got a N500,000 win.
Others who equally joined the winning train were; Benjamin Efe Ekrebe; Akinnawonu Richard Abayomi; Stephen Made; Josephine Mercy Patrick; Lami Amos; Hafsat Bala; Rapheal Neji; Emmanuel Stephen; Mubarak Mohd Ahamad; Favour Joseph; Nofisat Temileyi Rauf; Uchechukwu Michael Ogbonna; Zakari Omojibo; Terna Gabriel Zakor; Peace Chibuchi Igwe-Michael; Ojobo Joy Happiness; Kabiru B Mamman; Taiwo Ezekiel Owolabi; Emmanuel Okpe Ijele; Tijjani Sani Muhammad; Chinedu Samuel; Adigun Rasheed.
Speaking at the draw, the Group General Manager – Retail, Digital & Transaction Banking, noted that the bank is without a doubt passionate about creating beautiful long-lasting memories and transforming lives of customers as he urged them to maintain and cultivate a lasting savings culture that is sure to be beneficial to their overall growth.
He said: “At UBA, the welfare and ultimate success of our customers and their financial freedom is at the Centre of everything that we do and this is why we are making millionaires, either by supporting your businesses, or by rewarding you for saving.
“And I’m happy that today we have yet again witnessed the super savers draw and we have made 64 new happy winners who have won amazing prizes this December. Our customers are greatly valued, and most importantly, UBA is grateful for every opportunity we’ve had to serve”.
With this win they definitely will have an exciting end of year celebration indeed and I’m happy that I can say that UBA has kept its word, we have rewarded our customers with the happiness and love they truly deserve.”
Group Head, Brand and Marketing, Uzoamaka Oyeka stated that the new set of UBA millionaires and winners are now assured of ‘happy holidays’ with their bumper wins. She then congratulated the winners encouraging them and other customers to continue to save with UBA, as there are still monthly opportunities to win prizes in future UBA draws. I would like to thank all our customers. ‘You are the reason we are in existence, and we assure you that next year will even be bigger and better ‘, she said.
UBA is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than thirty-seven million customers across 1,000 business offices and customer touch points in 20 African countries.
With presence in New York, London and Paris and now the UAE, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail, commercial and corporate banking, innovative cross-border payments and remittances, trade finance and ancillary banking services.
Jaiz Bank Reports N5.946 Billion Profit in 2022 Financial Year
Nigeria’s leading digital bank, Jaiz Bank Plc has announced a 45.58% increase in profit after tax to N5.946 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2022.
In the unaudited financial statement obtained by Investors King, the lender’s income from financing contracts grew to N21.589 billion in 2022, a 41.98% increase when compared to N15.205 billion recorded in 2021 financial year.
Income from investment activities inched higer from N8.972 billion filed in the corresponding period to N9.862 billion, representing a 9.92% growth. Therefore, gross income stood at N31.450 billion in the period under review.
Bank’s share as equity investor improved by 34.73% to N27.562 billion from N20.457 billion. Net spread after provision also expanded to N20.656 billion.
The bank’s total income appreciated by 31.73% to a combined N22.635 billion in the period under review. As expected, total expenses rose by 24.63% to N15.965 billion from N12.809 billion in 2021.
Profit before tax increased to N6.669 billion while the bank paid income tax of N583.595 million. The bank declared N5.946 billion profit after tax.
In September 2022, the Managing Director/CEO, Dr. Sirajo Salisu, who commented on the bank’s performance, said the “bank remained committed to providing value-creating ethical banking services to its growing customer base. He assured that the Bank is positioned to continue its remarkable earnings streak for the remainder of the year, by leveraging on technology and extending its touch points across the country.”
CBN: New National Domestic Card Will Improve E-payment, Foreign Exchange
The newly inaugurated Nigerian National Domestic Card Scheme is aimed at enhancing electronic payment and foreign exchange, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says.
The official launch of the National Domestic Card was done virtually on Thursday, Investors King reports.
Speaking on the benefits of the new domestic card, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele said it will lessen operating costs, charges and strengthen foreign exchange in Nigeria.
Emefiele stated that the use of the new domestic card is with immediate effect and all local transactions will be done through the card.
His words, “Ladies and gentlemen, at this time when foreign exchange challenges persist globally, it is important that I say that we have come up with this card to ensure that all online transactions will now be effective and immediately begin to go on the Nigerian National Domestic Card system.
“All domestic transactions that are going to be conducted in Nigeria will have to be through the Nigerian domestic cards.”
He pointed out that the apex bank will collaborate with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc and commercial banks to ensure that only international transactions are accompanied with charges as when done with Visa card or Master Card.
The CBN governor expressed concern over the large number of payments still carried out without cards despite the fact that card payment had been introduced in Nigeria a long time ago.
He highlighted some of the reasons as expensive card services which include charges due to foreign exchange requirements of the international card system and unlocalised cards in existence.
Emefiele averred that the new national domestic card scheme seeks to address these challenges and encourage more card transactions, adding that the card would be accessible to all citizens regardless of locality.
CBN Says Era of Naira Hoarding Ending as Residents Rush to Beat Deadline
Nigeria’s cash in circulation has more than doubled since 2015 to N3.23 trillion
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, has vowed to ensure that the country does not return to the era of hoarding naira notes.
Emefiele said the trend was wrecking the nation’s economy, stressing that by the time the old notes of N1000, N500 and N200 had been returned to various banks, the situation whereby some citizens store up cash in their personal custody would have been made difficult.
While updating journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital on the ongoing cash return exercise across the country, Emefiele urged Nigerians who have hoarded money in their homes to return it to the banks.
While lamenting that Nigeria’s cash in circulation has more than doubled since 2015 to N3.23 trillion, Emefiele said the development attested to his disclosure that people are hoarding cash.
He added that people are keeping vaults in their homes and that the redesigned currency notes are parts of the means of disallowing them to continue owning banks in their homes.
The CBN Governor added that those who keep cash in their private residences don’t have the license to build bank vaults in their homes and urged them to take the money to banks.
Emefiele said their act was against the nation’s monetary policy, saying that they are keeping those monies to speculate against a currency, thus making the apex bank efforts more difficult.
Investors King had reported that the CBN had inaugurated a Cash Swap policy whereby agents are sent to rural communities for those without bank accounts to deposit the old notes with them.
The nation’s bank had added that those with limited access to formal financial services have the opportunity of exchanging a maximum N10,000 per person of the old notes through banks or agents without having to open an account.
The bank further noted that it was also working with about 1.4 million agents and lenders to reach citizens across the country to swap old notes for new ones or open bank accounts before the deadline.
For Emefiele, using representatives to penetrate the rural areas is a confirmation of its insistence that the January 31 deadline would not be shifted.
He maintained that Nigerians who couldn’t swap the old notes before next week Tuesday should consider them as “useless cash” in their hands.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have been rushing to beat the deadline.
Checks by Investors King on Wednesday revealed that the number of customers storming banks for exchange of notes has been increasing.
Emefiele said about N2 trillion ($4.3 billion) of cash is expected to be returned to banks by next week Tuesday.
Already, the governor said N1.5 trillion of the old notes had been returned as of last week, adding that the CBN hoped to get to N2 trillion by the Ned of the deadline.
A bank official who spoke with Investors King had said that banks are expected to return the old notes to CBN next week Tuesday, saying that Monday is the last day for customers to swap their old old notes.
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