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Nigeria’s premier financial services provider and Bank of first choice, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced that its Firstmonie network has processed a cumulative transaction value of N1 trillion from its relaunch in January 2018. The network also achieved nationwide coverage in record time, enabling access to financial services for many locations that never had a way for its residents to access financial services. This is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s objective of bringing banking services close to all Nigerians, irrespective of where they live.
FirstBank’s Firstmonie service provides financial/banking solutions to rural and semi-urban locations across the country, such as account opening, cash deposit, cash withdrawals, airtime purchase, bill payments and much more. Through this channel, the Bank is committed to providing convenient services that endears trust and provides ease of access to banking products, thereby saving time and travel costs for users of our network.
According to Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; “The Firstmonie scheme is supporting the Federal Government’s empowerment and job creation agenda as over 22,000 Nigerians, through this scheme, contribute to the increased economic activities of their neighborhoods. Our partner network is growing and we are particularly delighted about the progress we are making in actively driving nationwide Financial Inclusion, exposing communities to opportunities for growth, jobs, empowerment, and improved live conditions. Yet again, we are delighted to score another first in promoting financial inclusion in the country.”
“We appreciate our partner network and remain committed to working together to achieve even greater impact on the lives of Nigerians”, he concluded
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First Bank: Still Standing Gidigba 125 Years After

This week marks the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the existence of the First Bank franchise in Nigeria. This stands the bank out as one of the earliest institutions established in West Africa, and obviously, one of the handful still in existence today.
 

Dangote launches ‘BlocMaster’ for cement moulders

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Top 50 Brands: Dangote Now The Most Valuable Brand In Nigeria

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Editorial: Nigeria @ 60 - Divided We Stand…

Predictably, President Muhammadu Buhari like his predecessors, will used the yearly commemoration of the nation’s independence to trumpet the achievements of his administration over the last five years, with bogus claims that the country has made significant progress in various sectors of the economy. But given the terrible scenario playing out in the country, manifested in rising insecurity, mass poverty, high corruption, gross official recklessness and near zero governance, it is no surprise that the Nigerian ship of state is rudderless and adrift. There is hardly any aspect of governance that cannot be faulted for incompetence. All things considered, if October 1 calls for celebrations, the failure of leadership, particularly at the center, which has resulted in shattered hopes, broken promises and unfulfilled aspirations, demands only one thing: sober reflection. Independence in 1960 created a groundswell of euphoria, hope and faith in the Nigerian project. It is indeed sobering that, 60 years later, the anticipated gains of nationhood envisaged by the founding fathers are still being awaited. As the nation marks its 60th independence anniversary, it is not too late for Nigerians leaders, to change and make democracy work for the Nigerian people. Too much pain has been inflicted and now is the time for Nigerian leaders at all levels to focus more on the Nigerian promise – notably what is standing in the way of realizing that promise that, though tongue and tribe may differ, in brotherhood we stand.
 

INEC and the challenge of free, fair and credible elections

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