Diamond Bank Plc has been applauded for developing a reward scheme aimed at showing appreciation to its numerous customers for their unalloyed loyalty to the brand.
Miss Habiba Mona Salisu, winner of the cash prize of N50 million in the second half year Diamond Savings-xtra Draw, stated this while responding to the news of her emergence as the winner of the highest ever prize money won on a single draw in the country.
“Words alone cannot express my profound gratitude to God and Diamond Bank for this fabulous customer reward scheme.
It is something I never expected and the mind boggling amount involved is something I had never dreamt of less owning it,” she said.
According to her, that was the first time she has ever won any draw related competition, attributing her emergence to the “unforeseen hand of God.” “I will not say I am lucky. I will not say I worked hard for it. I will not also say that I deserve it. It is simply the handiwork of God and I am delighted with it,” She said.
Miss Habiba a 23 year old 100 level under graduate of the University of Maiduguri, Bornu State and a customer of Diamond Bank Maiduguri, Shehu Laminu way branch, becomes the second person to win the biggest reward even of N50 million in the Diamond Savings-xtra draw.
According to her, she opened the account with Diamond Bank in April 2009 and expressed her excitement over the Bank’s gesture of giving back to the society through the savings-xtra draw scheme.
“Truly, from this development, I now appreciate in clearer terms the virtues of savings culture the bank is trying to imbibe on Nigerians. If I did not open a savings account, definitely, I would not have been in the race for this N50 million. As it is unbelievable, it is equally unprecedented. But I can tell you from my little conversation with the bank, it is genuine.”
Miss Habiba further stated that many people have been calling and visiting her since the news, broke to know if it is true and her plans for the future adding that even her father, retired civil servant who resides in Kogi state was dumbfounded when she broke the good news to him.
Meanwhile, also in the draw, twenty-six others emerged winners of various prizes, including Mr. Ezealisiji Christian, a customer to Dei-Dei Abuja, Building Materials Market, who won a brand new Toyota Camry car 2009 model. Amazing, all the winners qualified by keeping a minimum balance of N10,000 or more in their savingsxtra account.
One of the world renowned anditors KPMG, who supervised the draw process to ensure that every customer that qualifies entered the draw, affirmed that the draws so far have been well organised, transparent and in line with the laid down criteria governing the exercise. According to Mr. John Anyanwu, a 17 Advisory officer of KPMG to the draw, “over 6 million customers who were eligible to partake in this draw were all part of it and we can assure everybody that all valid e-tickets had an equal chance of emerging as a winner.”
It could be recalled that in January 2009, Mr. James Umaru Mbugadu, a civil servant and Lafia Doma Road Customer of the bank became the first Nigerianto win N50 million at once in a customer reward scheme. Since the presentation of the cheque to him in a well attended ceremony by top government dignitaries, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Lafia, Nassarawa State, the bank’s savingsxtra account has been swelling up, resulting to greater customer confidence in the brand.
The savingsxtra scheme is Diamond Bank’s strategy of rewarding customers who operate a Diamond savingsxtra Account. Since the inception of the draw in July, 2008, N140 million has been given away to customers from the promised N200 million earmarked for the exercise during the one year.
More Youths Engage In Artisanal Refining
As unemployment bites harder amidst rising cost of living, more youths in rural communities in Rivers State are now going into artisanal refining business to earn a living.
The Tide reliably gathered that some youths residing in Port Harcourt City were gradually moving to rural communities for bunkering business otherwise known as ‘kpo-fire’
Narrating his experience to The Tide, Mr Godwin Ibeneme who resides in Rumuekini in Akpor, said he was introduced into the kpor-fire business by his father.
Ibeneme, who hails from Ibaa/ Obelle area of Emohua Local Government Area, said his father compelled him to join other youths who were thriving in the business in the community.
“My father came to my house here in Rumuekini, and told me to come to the village, that other young men are making it through kpo-fire’ bunkering since I have lost my job.
“ I didn’t waste time to give it a trial, because I had really looked for what to do, since I lost my job at a fast-food company. Since then, I can tell you that I have been taking care of myself, unlike before when everything looked hopeless”, he explained.
The Tide also learnt that the kpo-fire’ business was currently thriving in Isiokpo axis of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
A resident of the community who pleaded anonymity, told The Tide that there was a high level of discrimination in the business.
According to him, he decided to engage himself at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, to hustle for his daily bread, instead of staying idle.
The Tide recalls that the Federal Government had promised to build modular refineries in the Niger Delta region since 2019 as an alternative to illegal oil bunkering in the region as well as to create employment for the youth.
The Tide also reports that three years after the promise was made, nothing has been done in that regard.
Oyigbo Cassava Plant, Legacy Project -Akawor
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Amb. Desmond Akawor, says the cassava plant project, being executed by the Rivers State Government in Oyigbo is a legacy project that will generate huge employment for Rivers people.
He said the project was well thought out and would stand the test of time to tackle unemployment as well as ensure food availability in the state.
Akawor made the remarks during an interaction with journalists at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the cassava plant which was supposed to be executed by the previous administrations, was initially planned to be a joint venture between the state government and some organisations, but that the other partners did not pay their counterpart funding.
“The steps taken by the Wike-led administration to bring this project to life without the counterpart funding is commendable, because of the huge economic benefits it will give to the state.
“Many people have also been employed at the construction sites of flyovers being executed by Julius Berger. Eighty percent of those working there are indigenes, while the company provides the expatriates”, he said.
The PDP chairman also hinted on the plans of the state government to privatise the Buguma fish farm and banana farm, among others, so as to make them more viable.
He said that the state government had not abandoned the projects initiated by the previous administration, but was thinking on what to do with them.
Akawor maintained that the employment of 5,000 persons into the civil service was still ongoing, saying the government is only taking time to ensure that indigenes of the state are employed.
PH Airport Resumes Skeletal International Flight Operations
Skeletal flight operations have resumed at the international wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
This follows the lifting of the curfew that was imposed in the state by the Rivers State Government to check cases of insecurity in the state.
The Tide’s checks show that many of the airlines that operate international flights are yet to resume flight operations, even though the coast is clear for them to resume operations.
The Cronaux Airline, it was gathered, is the only airline at the moment that has fully resumed international flight.
Other airlines that operate at the international wing, like the Lufthansa Airline, Turkish Airline, and Ethiopian Airline are yet to resume operations.
The Acting Head of Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Kunle Akinbode, confirmed the resumption of international flight operations at the airport, last Friday, saying the international wing is now open for international airlines to operate.
He explained that the curfew that was imposed in the state delayed the resumption of international flights operations, even when issues of Covid-19 standard protocols had been addressed.
“Now that the curfew is over and the international wing is open for flight operations, it is left for each of the airlines to work out its own schedule for operations.
“It will not be the duty of the airport management to sort things out for them and know when to resume. I know that some have started. Lufthansa has said they will resume next month, August”, Akinbode said.
The Tide reports that the international wing of the Port Harcourt Airport had been shut since the Covid-19 lockdown, and did not reopen when other international airports in Lagos, Abuja and Kano among others reopened for international operations.
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