Fidelity Bank Plc, has announced the launch of its Apprenticeship Support Initiative as part of its strategy to encourage women-led small and medium-scaled enterprises (SME). The scheme, which would be executed under its HerFidelity Proposition, would commence with a two-months’ fashion and design training for young-women in Kano State.
Earlier in the year, HerFidelity proposition was launched at the International Women’s Day celebration hosted by Fidelity Bank at the Civic Center, Lagos. At the event, the Bank’s Managing Director, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, presented cheques of N1million each to five women-led SMEs from Kano, Yola, Owerri and Lagos to train young women in the areas of fashion design, cosmetics and auto mechanics.
In a chat with journalists in Lagos, the Group Head, SME Banking, Fidelity Bank Plc, Esther Obiekwe said, “At Fidelity, our aim is to position ourselves as a platform for improving lives, helping businesses grow and economies to thrive. Whether this is through the financial solutions we provide to our numerous clients or through interventions such as our Apprentice Support and capacity building initiatives for women, we remain committed helping our clients grow.”
“We launched HerFidelity Proposition on the International Women’s Day this year to speak to the yearnings of every woman through four pillars, namely – capacity development, access to finance at reduced rates, health, and wellness programmes as well as recognition and networking events. Our Apprentice Support Initiative is one of the ways we are championing the capacity development mandate and we are delighted to launch the initiative with the training of nine young ladies at Mdee Fashion Design Limited in Kano State from Monday, 25th July 2022. We are optimistic that this would go a long way in assisting these ladies develop the required skills that would transform them into employers of labour and ultimately, contribute to the nation’s economic fortunes,” explained Obiekwe.
Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria with over 6.5 million customers serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank was recently recognized as the Best SME Bank in Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking & Finance Awards. The bank has also won awards for the “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year” at the 2021BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.
Zenith Bank Refunds N3.23m To Angry Customer Chiamaka Agim
A leading Nigerian commercial bank, Zenith Bank has returned N3.23 million to Chiamaka Agim, a Lagos State resident whose N4.039 million was erroneously deducted on January 9.
According to reports, Zenith Bank had previously informed Agim that she would only receive N800,500 of the N4,039,900 that had been debited.
But on Monday, January 16, in the evening, the bank sent back N3,239,400.
Recently, the Zenith Bank client shared a post about the refund on her Twitter page.
Agim reported that on that Monday, the bank contacted her to provide an update on the refunded money.
“After the event, they had to put my account on pause, so I didn’t get any alerts,” the user said. I was told to visit the bank the next day,” she recalled.
“They had credited my account with N3,239,400 around 7.30 pm on Monday,” the customer said. “My account statement was printed when I got to the bank.”
She claimed to have discovered that Access, one of the two banks to which the funds were transferred, still held the remaining N800,500.
Zenith Bank stated that Access Bank is now withholding the funds and that it is not their fault at this time. They said Access Bank stated that the funds would not be released without a court order.
UBA Appoints Abiola Bawuah CEO,UBA Africa
The Board of Directors of the United Bank for Africa Plc has announced the appointment of Mrs. Abiola Bawuah, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UBA Africa.
According to a statement y the bank, Bawuah will also join the Group Board as an Executive Director, overseeing the Group’s operations across the African continent, outside Nigeria.
Bawuah, a Ghanaian national, is the first female CEO of UBA Africa.
Prior to her appointment, she was Regional CEO, West Africa, supervising the Group’s operations in nine subsidiaries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. She previously held the role of CEO, UBA Ghana.
Speaking on the new appointment, the Group Board Chairman, Mr Tony O. Elumelu, said, “Abiola has contributed significantly to the growth of UBA Africa for close to a decade. She brings a wealth of experience in commercial banking, and stakeholder engagement. It also gives me great pleasure that with her appointment, the UBA Group Board has now become a majority female board.”
The UBA Group also announced other appointments.
Chris Ofikulu was appointed the Regional CEO of UBA West Africa.
A statement by the bank said Ofikulu has over two decades of banking experience spanning corporate, commercial, and retail banking.
Similarly, Uzoechina Molokwu was appointed as Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of UBA Ghana, subject to local regulatory approvals. He was previously the Executive Director, Business Development – UBA Côte d’Ivoire and has over 23 years banking experience.
Ayokunle Olajubu was also announced as the Managing Director/CEO UBA Liberia, subject to local regulatory approvals. He currently drives compliance across Africa subsidiaries and comes with 30 years banking experience in Nigeria and other African countries, including Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire and the Gambia.
Other appointments include that of Theresa Henshaw who was appointed as CEO of UBA UK, subject to local regulatory approvals. She was previously the DMD, Business Development, UBA America and joined the Group as ED, Business Development at UBA UK.
Usman Isiaka, currently CEO, UBA Sierra Leone, has also been appointed the Deputy CEO in UBA America, subject to local regulatory approvals.
Adeyemi Adeleke, the former CEO of UBA, UK is now the Group Treasurer. Adeleke will be working to unlock the immense value in the Group’s multi-jurisdictional balance sheet, leveraging on its presence in 24 countries within and beyond Africa.
In addition to the executive appointments, UBA has announced the retirement of High Chief Samuel Oni, an independent non-executive Director, from the board following the expiration of his tenure. He joined the UBA Group in January 2015 and served on the Board of the Group for eight years.
The Group Chairman, Mr Elumelu, expressed his appreciation to High Chief Oni, for his commitment, leadership and extensive contributions to the UBA Group and on behalf of the Board, wishes him the very best in all his future endeavours.
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