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Unity Bank Customer Wins N1m in CashToken Rewards Promo



A Unity Bank customer, Mr. Musa Dayyabu, has emerged winner of One Million Naira in the ongoing cash reward Promo by Unity Bank Plc and CashToken Rewards Africa.

CashToken Rewards Africa is a Cash-Reward-as-a-Service company that rewards customers for patronage and loyalty.

Mr. Dayyabu, a customer of the Bank from Bello Road Branch, Kano, won the cash prize after he activated his Unity Bank Verve card and having carried out transactions, received CashTokens and qualified for the weekly national consumer draw. It was in this draw, he emerged as the lucky winner of One Million Naira cash.

The Unity Bank and CashToken Rewards promo launched in November 2023, is a cash reward program that offers guaranteed instant cash and a life-changing opportunity designed to reward loyal customers of the Bank who onboard and transact on any of the Bank’s electronic payment platforms, including the Unifi mobile banking application, the *7799# USSD platform.

The program, which will run until the end of February is open to all customers. Each card transaction earns customers CashTokens, which qualifies the customer to enter into the weekly national consumer draw where they stand a chance to win from N5K -N100M Naira.

Presenting the cheque to the winner in Kano on Tuesday, Unity Bank’s Head of E-Business, Eghomware Iyamu congratulated the winner and reiterated the Bank’s commitment to create a sustainable loyalty platform for customer engagement and satisfaction.

Iyamu said, “We celebrate our customers for their loyalty to the Unity Bank and for being part of the ongoing Unity Bank and CashToken Rewards promo. The cash prize being presented today is just the beginning, we, therefore, look forward to having more winners from this programme. Let more and more people get on the Unity Bank’s digital banking, transact on the different platforms and they will equally be rewarded.”

He added, “The collaboration between Unity Bank and CashToken Rewards Africa will continue to create an unmatched customer experience. By tapping into CashToken Reward’s exceptional reward platform, Unity Bank customers can continue to anticipate generous cash rewards, transforming every interaction with the bank into a truly rewarding experience.”

Also commenting on the development, the Chief Business Development officer for CashToken Rewards Africa Africa, Simi Adeoye commended the customers of Unity Bank for the impressive number of onboarding and transactions in the build-up to the weekly draw held in the campaign period, adding that “with opportunities to win life-changing cash of up to N100M, the assurances of the transparent process will constantly be upheld to spread the benefits of the reward scheme to deserving customers”.

“The prospects of having more winners in the ongoing exercise is keeping the steam in the collaboration between the Bank and CashToken Rewards Africa,” Simi quips.


Government Revenue Surges to N2.07trn in January 2024, FAAC Discloses




The Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) has revealed a significant surge in government revenue to N2.07 trillion in January 2024.

This substantial increase reflects the buoyancy of Nigeria’s economic activities despite various challenges faced by the nation.

According to FAAC’s communiqué issued after its monthly meeting in Abuja, the N2.07 trillion revenue was distributed to meet the financial needs of the federal, state, and local governments.

N1.15 trillion out of the total revenue was disbursed to the various tiers of government, indicating a robust financial inflow.

The breakdown of the revenue distribution showcased that the Federal Government received N407.267 billion, state governments obtained N379.407 billion while N278.041 billion was disbursed to local governments.

Also, N85.101 billion, equivalent to 13% of mineral revenue, was allocated to the states as derivation revenue.

FAAC also highlighted that the revenue composition included N463.1 billion from distributable statutory revenue, N391.8 billion from distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue, N15.9 billion from Electronic Money Transfer Levy revenue, and N279.03 billion from exchange difference revenue.

Despite the impressive revenue figures, FAAC noted a decrease in VAT collection by N71.7 billion compared to the previous month.

This decrease suggests fluctuations in consumer spending and economic activities, which could be influenced by various factors such as policy changes, economic conditions, and consumer sentiment.

Furthermore, FAAC reported increases in revenue from Companies Income Tax, Import Duty, Petroleum Profit Tax, and Oil and Gas Royalties.

However, revenue from Value Added Tax, Export Duty, Electronic Money Transfer Levy, and CET Levies experienced declines during the period.

FAAC’s disclosure of the January 2024 revenue underscores the importance of prudent financial management and effective allocation of resources to drive sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

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Private Sector Credit Hits Record High of N76.94 Trillion in January 2024 – CBN Report



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Private sector credit in Nigeria reached a record N76.94 trillion in January 2024, according to the latest report from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This represents a 85.2% year-on-year increase from N41.54 trillion reported in January 2023.

The CBN’s Money and Credit Statistics report unveiled that credit to the private sector experienced a substantial month-on-month surge of 23.06%, or N14.42 trillion, from N62.52 trillion in December 2023.

This surge occurred amid the implementation of the CBN’s policy to unify the naira exchange rate.

Analysts attribute the reported N76.94 trillion credit to the private sector to the recent depreciation of the naira against foreign currencies.

The naira closed at N1,356.88 per dollar in January 2024, representing a 50.87% decline or N457.49 against the dollar compared to December 2023.

This depreciation compelled banks to extend credit to major corporations to meet the CBN’s mandated Loan-to-Deposit Ratio (LDR) threshold.

The CBN’s decision to resume the enforcement of the LDR policy, effective July 31, 2023, further propelled banks to increase lending to customers, stimulating the real sector of the economy.

With the CRR mechanism updated, banks with an LDR below the prescribed level faced a 50% lending shortfall penalty.

Experts suggest that the significant increase in private sector credit underscores the growing need for businesses to secure funds amidst economic uncertainties and exchange rate volatility.

It also signifies banks’ efforts to comply with regulatory requirements and support economic growth initiatives.

As Nigeria navigates its economic landscape, stakeholders anticipate further developments in credit dynamics and monetary policies to sustain financial stability and stimulate economic expansion.

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Senate Initiates Probe into N30tn Ways and Means Loans under Buhari Administration



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The Nigerian Senate has embarked on a comprehensive investigation into the disbursement and utilization of the N30 trillion Ways and Means loans obtained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Ways and Means facility allows the CBN to provide financial support to the government to cover budget shortfalls.

The decision to probe the massive loans comes amid concerns about the transparency and accountability surrounding the utilization of these funds, particularly as the country grapples with economic challenges, food crises, rising inflation, and worsening insecurity.

The Senate’s investigation aims to shed light on how the substantial overdrafts from the CBN were acquired and expended under the leadership of former President Buhari.

There is growing apprehension that the indiscriminate spending of the overdrafts, particularly during Godwin Emefiele’s tenure as CBN governor, may have contributed significantly to the current economic predicament facing the nation.

The probe will delve into the details of the N30 trillion overdrafts, with a specific focus on examining the purpose for which the funds were allocated and how they were utilized.

Also, the Senate will scrutinize the N10 trillion disbursed under the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, as well as the utilization of $2.4 billion out of the $7 billion earmarked for forex transactions.

The initiative underscores the Senate’s commitment to ensuring transparency, fiscal responsibility, and prudent financial management in the country’s economic affairs.

It is anticipated that the probe will unearth vital insights into the financial transactions of the past administration, enabling corrective measures to be taken to address any mismanagement or discrepancies discovered.

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