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Buhari Visit Will Fast Track Completion Of $1.5bn Lekki Deep Seaport – Amaechi

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The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi yesterday said that the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the $1.5billion Lekki deep seaport will mount pressure on the developers to fast track the completion of the project
The President who came into the first deep Seaport in Nigeria after commissioning Dangote fertilizer located a few kilometers away from the deep seaport, inspected the breakwater, quay wall, and other landside facilities of the port.
The Lekki Deep Seaport, when operational, will help regain lost cargoes from neighboring Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, and other African countries.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the president toured the deep Seaport, to publicize the project to Nigerians.
He said after the completion of Lekki Port, the federal government would begin construction of Bonny Deep seaports after completion of the Lekki Deep Seaport.
 “I am convinced that we would commence work in Bonny’s deep seaport before we leave Office. Also, Ibaka Deep Seaport has gotten the government’s approval and we are fast-tracking the approval of Badagry Deep Seaport, so they can also get their own approval.
“By the time we leave office, all those people who would have been granted approval are all private seaports. The only one that government will participate in on its own is the Bonny seaport.
He, however, said that the deep seaports are almost ready as the cargo handling equipment will be ready in June while commercial operations will begin in September.
“The reason for asking the president to come to Lekki Port is to publicize the seaport so that people will know this Government is building the first deep seaport in Nigeria. The other ports in Nigeria are all river ports.
“The next reason for the president coming, is also to put the heat on them (promoters), you know that the port is almost ready, if not for the equipment, they can actually get this place ready before June, but they said the equipment is arriving by June 2022 and installation will take them till September and then it can be commissioned in September,” he said.
Also speaking, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, said the Lekki Deep Seaport, which has been under construction for years, would help regain lost cargoes from neighboring Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, and others.
He stated that the Seaport will be ready for a test run in September, after which the first commercial vessel can be received at the port.
“Some of the businesses we have lost to other neighboring West African countries due to drought limitation will be regained.
“There will be employment creation and increased revenue for the government. It will create competition and compel other terminal operators to up their games to reduce cargo dwell time at their terminals. Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports have been operating far beyond their capacity which means that the excess cargoes that have been going there would be diverted to Lekki Port,” he explained.
According to him, the port is located on about 90 hectares of land, is supposed to have three container terminals, and will be the first automated port in Nigeria that will enable the speedy clearing of goods.
Bello-Koko, who noted that the commencement of Lekki Port will reduce the rate of traffic at Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports, said there will be Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes that will enable faster processing of goods.
On the connectivity of the port to the rail line, Bello-Koko said there is already a plan and the Minister of Transportation has given the Nigerian Railway Corporation a directive to carry out a survey on the possibility of linking the port to the Lagos-Ibadan railway.
Also speaking, the executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime explained that the Lekki port will change the face of maritime in Nigeria.
“From the point of view of an economic regulator, it has been something we have been looking forward to. We have dreamt that this day would come for a number of very important reasons. We have to understand that because of the draft that we are going to have here at this Lekki seaport and for the first time in our maritime domain, we are going to have the kind of vessels that have never birthed in our ports.
“So this is the first deep seaport we are having in our country. From that perspective alone, that gives us the comfort and recognition that as far as the economies of scale are concerned, we are going to have a boost in commercial activities in ways that we have never envisaged and experienced before.
“We at the Shippers council are indeed very happy to see this port happening. Because of the automation that this port will provide, businesses will be conducted in a way and manner that is efficient and service delivery will be done in a way that it will be cost-effective,” he added.

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Firstbank Commemorates 2022 Customer Service Week

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced its commemoration of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week scheduled to be globally celebrated on 3 – 7 October 2022.

The event themed: “Celebrating Service” will be marked across its FBNBank subsidiaries in over half a dozen countries which include FBNBank UK, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Senegal, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank DRC and FBNBank Sierra Leone.

Customer Service Week is an international celebration that highlights the importance of customer service and staff who serve and support customers daily to deliver exceptional service to customers.

The Bank’s celebration of the 2022 Customer Service Week will include several activities considered integral to promoting a relaxed atmosphere whilst extending its participation to everyone, irrespective of where they are. The activities include virtual engagement of customers on its social media handles: firstbanknigeria on Instagram; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Facebook; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on LinkedIn and @FirstBankngr on Twitter.

Others are a video booth and photo frame funfair, then a Virtual Party on the Friday of the weeklong event and a movie date for staff.

Through the last 128 years of its operations, FirstBank has played a leading role in utilizing its robust customer service network and digital banking architecture to support its customers – cutting across diverse cultures, tribes and races beyond the shores of Nigeria – in meeting their individual and business needs. The Bank achieves this through its innovative, interactive, self-service banking platforms like *894# Quick Banking mobile solution, FirstMobile banking application, Firstmonie Agents, FirstOnline internet banking, WhatsApp banking, and ATM amongst many others. The Bank’s electronic banking channels are constantly updated with new and exciting features to expose customers to exemplary services and experience to put them at an advantage in the industry.

According to Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank “for us at FirstBank, celebrating service, the theme of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week is a reflection of our brand mantra “You First”. This reiterates the essence of our existence since 1894, centred on putting You, our customers First as we continue to support individuals and businesses to impact the economy.

With our dynamic and vibrant human-led and digital-led customer services operations, we remain committed to rendering the gold standard of services to our customers and stakeholders regardless of where they may be across the globe” she concluded.

About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 128 years.

With over 750 business locations and over 189,000 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 30 million customers. The Bank has an international presence through its subsidiaries, FBNBank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

The Bank has been handy at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such a milestone in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 12million people on its USSD Quick Banking service through the nationally renowned *894# Banking code and over 4.5 million people on FirstMobile platform.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is always to put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of the first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is always to deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.

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Police To Sanction Atiku Wife’s Orderly For Carrying Her Bag At Event

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has vowed to sanction the police orderly of Titi Abubakar, wife of Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, for carrying her handbag at an event in Abuja, recently.

Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Police Public Relations Officer, made the vow in a tweet on Thursday, in response to a Twitter user who expressed reservations about the policewoman seen carrying Mrs. Abubakar’s handbag while she was delivering a speech at the event in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has vowed to sanction the police orderly of Titi Abubakar, wife of Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, for carrying her handbag at an event in Abuja, recently.

Prince Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Police Public Relations Officer, made the vow in a tweet on Thursday, in response to a Twitter user who expressed reservations about the policewoman seen carrying Mrs. Abubakar’s handbag while she was delivering a speech at the event in Abuja on Wednesday.

Mrs. Abubakar had apparently handed her handbag to the police orderly while delivering her address at the unveiling of the SHE Campaign, which she organised to rally the support of the women folk for her husband’s 2023 presidential bid.

The picture of the police orderly carrying her bag trended on social media after it was shared by a Twitter user, Ifeoma, @Fifi_Ify, who expressed reservations about the officer “being turned into a maid.”

She had noted, “When a private citizen can turn our uniform force member into her maid, why won’t the police forget their primary duty and only dance to the tune of the elites? @BenHundeyin is this how it’s supposed to be?”

Responding to her tweet, Prince Adejobi said the police have commenced necessary action against the orderly, and would also reach out to her principal, Mrs. Abubakar.

“This is not acceptable. We have commenced necessary action on this. We will fish her out and get across to the principal. The AIG Special Protection Unit has been contacted to assist us get the woman police. Gradually, we will sanitise the system,” he said.

“How can an orderly be carrying bag for her madam, i am sure the madam will have a PA, and that is the PAs job, its an absurdity and this is condemned in its totality.”

This is not the first time a police officer carrying out the job of a personal assistant is raising eyebrows.

In March, Dr. Nimota Nihinlola Akanbi, chairman of the governing board of National Secondary School Education, stirred up similar controversy when her police orderly, Yahaya Abubakar, was captured in a video carrying a plate of food for her.

Abubakar was subsequently summoned by the police authority, but Mrs. Akanbi later claimed that the plate of food was meant for the officer.

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BREAKING: DPO Abducted Three Months Ago Freed By Kidnappers

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CSP Sani Mohammed Gyadi-Gyadi, the Divisional Police Officer, (DPO) of Birnin Gwari Division, Kaduna State abducted about three months ago has been freed by his abductors.

Gyadi-Gyadi was abducted on his way to resume at his new police division.

The circumstances surrounding his freedom were not clear, but according to PRNigeria, he was released through a sophisticated intelligence-coordinated operation led by the joint security service early Thursday morning.

Gyadi-Gyadi who was kidnapped by terrorists in July this year was taken to a health facility in the Kaduna for a medical checkup, immediately after his release.

“He is stable, but doctors are monitoring his health condition,” a close relative of Gyadi-Gyadi said.

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