Medview’s Dubai Launch, A Beginning of Good Things To Come To Nigeria – Bankole

To encourage more Nigerians who travel on the Dubai route on Medview airline, the airline has introduced a free ticket for any passengers who has flown 5 times on the route.

Making the announcement on board the Boeing 767-300 ER flight during its inaugural flight to Dubai, Managing Director, Medview airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said Nigerians who are widely travelled and frequent fliers on the route need a pocket friendly fare and packages which Medview is offering.

He said as a Nigerian airline, carrying the nation’s flag, it needs all the support from all Nigerians to remain and be consistent on the route.
Bankole promised the over 200 passengers on board the flight and prospective passengers on time departure, quick passenger facilitation, free baggage allowance and quality inflight service.

“We have a special free baggage allowance, with two pieces of 25kg each, which gives 50kg, that is a wonderful gift as well and we want to say to you coming onboard this flight, we will continue to remember you, this is the beginning of good things to come to the country called Nigeria.

Alhaji Bankole also used the opportunity to intimate the passengers of the new routes to start soon and other existing routes, “Medview airline operates 4 flights to London as you are all aware and we are here on the Dubai route for 3 times weekly and we hope to commences Jeddah on schedule flight on 24th of December, 2017 on Thursday and returning on Sunday, this will continue till summer and that will make it 4 flights during the Ramadan. And the big news everyone of you is expecting is the direct flight to Huston come summer 2018”.

He expressed appreciate for the patronage, “I wish you all the best and I thank you for being part of this glory, may Almighty God continue to enrich your pocket and bless you and your family, I wish you season greetings and the best of next year 2018 that we are all looking up to. I pray for the government and the country Nigeria, May God continue to make the country great, thank you and God bless you”.

At the stop over at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja, representative of the Minister of state, aviation, minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Aisha Jumai Al Hassan, came on board to celebrate with the airline. Others include, Alhaja Bankole wife of the MD Medview airline, Super Eagles striker, Odion Igalo, the representatives of the Oba of Lagos, aviation Journalists, among other dignitaries.

Some passengers were boarded at the Abuja airport to Dubai.

Adding spice and excitement to the inaugural flight was the marriage proposal of one its male passengers, Mr. Tayo Adesokan to his fiancée for some years, Miss Tolulope Sanya onboard the flight.

The mood was set by the crew members with a romantic love song played for the marriage proposal to awaken other passengers who were in a sleepy mood to feel the effect, as the elated passengers who were witnessing such a unique presentation applauded after the marriage proposal was made.

The inaugural flight of 8 hours from Lagos via Abuja to Dubai was rounded up with the cutting of the cake which was shared to all on board.

Inflight service on board were jollof rice, pounded yam, semovita, egusi soup, chicken, fish, meat, wine(white and red) and others on demand by passengers.

GTBank Wins Nigeria’s Best Bank & Africa’s Best Bank for CSR at EMEA Finance Awards

MD, Segun Agbaje Named CEO of the Year

Foremost African financial institution; Guaranty Trust Bank plc reaffirmed its position as a leading global brand with its recent recognition as the “Best Bank in Nigeria” and the “Best Bank for CSR in Africa.” The Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, Segun Agbaje, also won the award for the CEO of the Year, which he won in 2013, thus becoming the first ever repeat winner in the history of the awards

EMEA Finance is a leading bimonthly global industry publication that reports on the major financial events and happenings initiated and influenced by the international financial industry active in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The award celebrates Africa’s most innovative bank taking into consideration its market strength, profitability, growth and earnings, potential and quality of management of the financial institutions.

According to Christopher Moore, Publisher and Chief Executive of EMEA Finance Magazine: “In recent years, GTBank has attracted laudable accolades for its efforts in growing local communities through key interventions for SMEs in the Fashion and Food industry. This novel initiative of the Bank, has enabled it create free platforms for budding entrepreneurs across Africa to grow their businesses. In recognition of the bank’s effort in impacting local communities across Africa, GTBank is the proud winner of the 2017 Best Bank for CSR in Africa.”

He further stated that “GTBank’s emergence as “Best Bank in Nigeria” demonstrates its ability to continuously deliver notable success by leveraging cutting edge technology to deliver excellent services to a diverse African community and bolster efforts towards on-boarding the unbanked”

Receiving the award on behalf of the Bank, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director/CEO of GTBank said: “We are honored to be recognized as the Best Bank in Nigeria and Africa’s Best Bank for Corporate Social Responsibility. These awards reflects our progress in building strong, value adding relationships with our customers and demonstrates that of far greater importance to us, beyond providing first class service, is the role we play in our host communities.”

He further stated that, “I am humbled to be recognized as CEO of the Year for a second time; this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the amazing team of people at GTBank. We will continue to differentiate ourselves by aggressively pursuing innovative solutions that create sustainable value for all our customers and stakeholders whilst championing high impact CSR initiatives to support the economic growth and social progress of our communities.

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The GTBank brand is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service delivery and innovation. The Bank operates from over 238 branches within the country and has banking subsidiaries in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom.

Travel Disruptions Continue As Airlines Cancel Flights Over Bad Weather

Travels chaos continues on Monday nationwide as more flights were cancelled as a result of hazy weather even as hundreds of passengers were stranded at the nation’s airports, findings by Daily Trust have shown.
There has been an increased advocacy in recent times with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) advising airline operators to be cautious of the foggy weather occasioned by the harmattan haze.

Passengers were also urged to exercise restraints as they would continue to experience flight delays and in some cases cancellations.
Last week, many flights were cancelled across airports while those that managed to take off were delayed for hours.
The trend continues on Monday especially at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Ikeja Lagos where many passengers were stranded.
Checks by Daily Trust correspondent at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) on Monday indicated that many flights have been cancelled.
Air Peace flight P47153 to Uyo were cancelled though the weather was good in Port Harcourt while passengers were given the option of going to Port Harcourt. It was learnt that the 114 passengers involved agreed to travel to Port Harcourt.
It was also observed at the domestic wing that Overland Airways did not operate today due to bad weather while passengers were being refunded when they reported for check-in.
Also at the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal two, many flights including those of Dana Air, Med-View and Azman were delayed while some were cancelled.

Investors, Private Sector, Back Ambode’s Tourism Initiatives

As Sponsors Queue Up For One Lagos Fiesta

The drive by the Lagos State Government to create a private sector driven tourism economy has earned the full confidence of multinational companies, notable entrepreneurs’ business owners and managers alike across the State.

This was the general consensus at a stakeholders review meeting held with sponsors of the Lagos Street Carnival and the forthcoming end of year eight days One Lagos Fiesta programme to be held across the five divisions of the State.

According to a statement by Mr. Fola Adeyemi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Street Carnival was organized by Heat Limited in conjunction with the Ministry as a private sector driven programme of the State.

He disclosed that sponsors and investors are already lining up for the One Lagos Fiesta including, Guaranty Trust Bank, GLOBACOM, Nigeria Breweries Ltd, Pepsi Nigerian Plc, Access Bank, Dangote Nig. Plc, Multi choice, JMG Generators, Eko Atlantic City, Eko Hotels, South Energy X, among others.

Adeyemi said that aside the fact that the carnival was a private driven initiative and only backed with institutional support by the State Government, the private sector equally provided funds and support to ensure the success of the programme.
He said the quantum of tourism events in the State has taken an upward leap since 2015 with the emergence of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Administration and the state policy of project T.H.E.S.E which stands for Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sport for Excellence.

He recalled that expansion of the former Lagos Countdown event into One Lagos Fiesta, a multi-location event with simultaneous concerts across the five administrative divisions of the state and the huge success recorded, till date has further proven to the private sector that Governor Ambode’s statement that the creative industry hold the key to a booming economy in Lagos was fast becoming a reality.

“The vision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to create a platform to support the creative industry has exposed the tourism potentials of the state with a multiplier effect across various sectors of the state economy.

“Smart business owners and investors found it difficult to close their eyes to such monumental business benefits. Lagos State has evolved as the tourism and entertainment hub of the country in the last two years with an average of over 12 crowd pulling tourism, entertainment and sports event in a year,” the Permanent Secretary said.

Adeyemi said that the organized private sector has now taken the marketing advantage derivable in supporting Lagos State tourism initiatives, because of the numerous opportunities available and transparency of Government in managing the funds.

“The overall effect of all this is that it has led to resultant growth in the local economy of the five divisions that serves as the venues of the OLF, increased job creation opportunities, innovations and boost in consumer product sales not only around the event venues but all over the state,” the Permanent Secretary said.

Dangote, BUA, Others To Get 2018 Sugar Import Quota Soon

The federal government will soon release new sugar import quota for Dangote, BUA and other sugar refineries involved in Backward Integration Programme in the sugar sector of the economy.
This was disclosed on Saturday in Abuja by the Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Dr. Latif Busari, while reviewing the activities of the council in 2017 and making projections for 2018.
Dr. Busari revealed that the Council has reversed downward the 2018 sugar projection for the country to 1.58 million metric tons from the 1.6 million metric tons initially projected in the Sugar Master Plan.
He also revealed that the council with relevant monitoring groups have concluded the review of the Backward Integration Programme implementation by participants and a new sugar import quota for participants will be released in January based on the approval of the President.
The NSDC boss lamented that the sugar industry in the country is “bleeding” as a result of security challenges threatening sugar cane farms.
He revealed that in Numan, three sugar fields have been burnt down as a result of clashes in that area, a situation that may force a downward review of the projected local sugar production in the year.
Speaking on the sugar levy fund, he said the N10 billion management agreement signed by the council with the Bank of Industry (BOI) currently has N5.9 billion while the N5 billion Fund being managed by the Bank of Agriculture now has N3.5 billion.

TY Danjuma At 80: Kinsmen Say He’s A Towering Personality

As the elder statesman and Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff, Chief Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma clocks 80 years today, his kinsmen have described him as a towering personality and philanthropist with a heart of Gold.
The socio-cultural group under the aegis of Jukun Development Association of Nigeria (JDAN) in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos by its National President, Chief Benjamin Bako said, “Danjuma is one of the last generations of nationalists whose contributions to the nation’s development and Africa’s unity cannot be ignored.”

They hailed General Danjuma for his foresight, forthrightness and dedicated service to the nation both as a military top brass and a committed and strong advocate of democracy.
Bako said General Danjuma helped to build the Jukun race brand as a major cultural force in the country.
“His larger than life personality which traverses military, business and philanthropic initiatives have continued to reverberate across the length and breadth of Nigeria and the African continent,” he added.

Again TStv Promises New Roll Out Date

The Management of TStv, the much awaited indigenous Satellite TV, inaugurated on October 1, said the decoders would be in the market within the next one week for all intending customers to buy.

Mr Ernest Essien, TStv’s Public Relations Officer, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Abuja.

Nigerians have been querying why the satellite TV provider is yet to commence public sales months after it launched on October 1.

Essien said the company had concluded arrangement to roll out its commercial decoders from next week after the successful test run of its promo decoders distributed before Nov. 1.

He said that the service provider was committed to making sure that all the intending customers should have their decoders before Christmas.

“We are almost done with our test transmission and we are just putting some finishing touches and hopefully by the grace of God, between now and next week the decoders will be out for sale.

“We are informing Nigerians that they must enjoy their Christmas with their decoders. So before Christmas, the decoders will be everywhere in the market.

“Everything is in place we have done everything we needed to do before coming out and I want to let you know that TStv is still on course.’’

Essien reiterated that the price of TStv decoder would remain at the initial N5,000 with all the packages promised, adding that there were going to be additional surprise packages for its customers.

He said that the management had decided to keep the packages secret until the decoders are rolled out, adding that all the channels.

According to him, when it comes out the price is going to be N5,000 and all the packages the company promised Nigerians are going to be there.

“We will display all the packages accordingly but the one we can assure now is that the price will not change, it remains N5,000.

“We are trying to see how we can make simple and easy for every Nigerian to be able to afford it.

We have a surprise package for Nigerians which we are not going to divulge now because we want to make it a surprise.

“We are keeping our promises on the channels and all the channels including BEing Sports channels are there with even more other channels that were not included in our bouquet before.

“We have more better channels that are coming and the total number of channels will be over 70,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the new satellite pay TV which was inaugurated on Oct. 1 commenced distribution and installation of promo decoders of nationwide on Oct. 31.

Some of the beneficiaries of the promo decoder had commended the improvement in the in terms of the number of channels and quality of the programmes.

Other beneficiaries were unable to get their decoders installed and track the channels because of dearth of technicians that are familiar with TStv systems.

FCMB Drags 3 Managers To Court For Stealing N48.6m

The management of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Lagos has dragged three Operation Managers attached to the Macarthy, Onikan, Lagos Island branch of the bank before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly withdrawing the sum of N48,635,840 from the account of the bank.

The accused persons are: Omotayo Oluseyi, 38, Ebenezer Efunsola, 50 and Uchenna Ugwuibe, 45.

The accused persons were arrested by the Police at the Lion Building Division, Lagos Island and arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a two-count charge of felony to wit, stealing.

Police Prosecutor, Oluwafemi Adeleye informed the court in charge No D/91/2017 that the accused persons committed the offence between January 2016 and May 2017 at First City Monument Bank located on Macarthy Street, Onikan, Lagos Island during working hours.

Adeleye told the court that the accused persons betrayed the trust reposed in them by their employer as Operation Managers and as Head of Department at the Macarthy branch of the bank by allegedly conniving to steal the sum of N48,635,840 from their employer’s account.

He said the management of FCMB uncovered the fraud when they audited their account books.

Adeleye said that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 411 and 287 (7) of the criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open court and their counsels, Loveline Ezemegbu and Helen Ibeji prayed the court to grant the defendants bail in the most liberal terms, promising that they would not jump bail if granted.

Chief Magistrate B.A Sonuga granted the defendants bail in the sum of N5 million each with two sureties each in like sum who must be bank staff.

Sonuga also directed that the sureties must deposit the sum of N1 million each in the Chief Court Registrar’s account and their International passport with the court.

The magistrate adjourned the case till 13 January, 2018 and ordered that the defendants be kept at the Ikoyi Prison till they were able to fulfill the bail conditions.

Double-edged Honour For The Africa’s Queen of TV: Mo Abudu Bags Institute of Directors’ Fellowship and Entrepreneurship Awards (PHOTOS)

Yesterday, Thursday, 7 December, 2017, the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoDN), awarded media mogul and corporate amazon, Mosunmola Dominique Abudu, the Fellowship Award of the Institute of Directors as well as the 2017 ‘IoD Entrepreneurial Award’.

The event took place at the Grand Ball Room of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Here are pictures from the event