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Oceanic Bank Launches Customised Products

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To satisfy the yearnings of every segment of the banking populace for personalised services, Oceanic Bank International Plc has delighted its teeming customers with the launch of an array of customized products.

A statement issued by the bank in Lagos said the new retail products were tailor made to meet the needs of every customer. The products are Easy Savings; Silver Savings and Silver Current; Gold Savings and Gold Current; Platinum Savings and Platinum Current.

The products, according to the bank, are a special package offering a wide range of banking products and benefits to reward their patronage saying the products were designed to cater for varying individual customers’ needs.

Explaining the reasons for the introduction of the products, the bank said, “why fit in when you stand out. At Oceanic Bank we recognize that individuals have different banking needs and that no single size fits all. We have therefore tailored the different variant to suit the banking requirements of our most valued customers”.

Identifying the features of the products, the bank management stated that the Oceanic Platinum in both current and savings account variation is for persons who require a COT free current account and want a flexible current account without transaction or account maintenance fees.

It stated further that the new products would be ideal for those who require more than a traditional current account, ‘out an improved one which comes with personalised services’

‘Also customers, who want the fall back of overdraft protection on their current account to cover emergencies.

Giving the uniqueness of the products, Oceanic Bank noted the products have the distinctive offerings such as personalised debit cards providing access to our 8,000 interwitch ATMs and 13,000 POS terminals nationwide; personalized cheque books allowing customers to make payments to third parties conveniently and overdraft facility.

The products are also supported by the bank’s subsidiaries and its reward partners who are also offering their services o compliment the benefits derivable from the products.

These complimentary services include term insurance, health plans, lifestyle benefits and free financial planning.

It added that subscribers to the product are to enjoy certain benefits and features such as dedicated wealth management specialist; convenience in building savings; flexibility as prospective account holder can pay in dividend warranty and make use as personalised cheques.

The Easy Savings Account was developed to offer excellent and comprehensive services to the lower end of the retail and mass segment. The segment includes artisans, petty traders, self-employed professionals, low income earners, housewives, students etc.

The product was specially designed to encourage savings and offer seamless account documentation process. Prospective customers stand to enjoy specific benefits such as minimum account opening balance of N500, zero operating balance, eligibility for a range of insurance products at amazing rates and up to 10 per cent discount on car repairs, refurbishment auto detail and servicing.

The Oceanic silver accounts and current and savings variants are designed for middle and moderate income earners.

The accounts are aimed at providing quality banking services to the junior workers, up and coming professionals as well as business men and women who desire a savings or transaction account that can tend to their needs as they aspire to progress in their careers and personal endeavours.

The bank explained that the silver current account is specially for people who desire a transaction account that is both affordable and rewarding. The features include: minimum opening balance of N5,000, revolving overdraft facility of up to 50 per cent of monthly salary, bounced cheque protections, auto standing order, save excess auto sweep, eligibility for a range of insurance product at amazing rates up to 10 per cent discounts on car repairs, refurbishment, auto detailing and services etc.

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CBN Opens N500 Grants Portal For Graduates, Undergraduates

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To reduce the level of suffering associated with unemployment in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has developed grants of N500,000.00 for graduates and students.
A statement from the apex bank, made available to The Tide, said qualified persons have been directed to visit cbnties.com.ng portal for the CBN N500k grants registration.
This, according to the statement, is under the Tertiary Institution Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), in partnership with Nigerian Polytechnics and Universities to exploit the potential of graduate entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
CBN said the aim of TIES is to increase access to finance for Nigerian polytechnic and university graduates and graduates with innovative business and technological ideas.
The apex bank added that it is also to address the trend of white-collar job seekers and focus on job creation.
The statement quoted the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, as saying that the scheme is designed to create a “paradigm shift from a ‘white-collar’ job search culture to an entrepreneurial culture to economic growth and job creation between undergraduates and graduates.
“As for the grant, CBN will allocate N500 million among the top five third best delivery organizations.
“The top five polytechnics and universities in Nigeria with the best entrepreneurial trends/ideas will be awarded first place: N150 million second place N120 million third place N80 million fourth place N80 million and fifth place. Location – N50 m illion”, it stated.
As part of the scheme, the CBN has announced that it will form a private and public sector expert organization (BoE) for two-year regional and national entrepreneurship competitions to assess the entrepreneurial and technological innovations offered by Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
BoE will also recommend high-potential projects and the variable impact on the award of the grant.
Projects funded under the scheme will be monitored by independent monitors set up jointly by CBN and MFIs.

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Economic Growth, Determining Factor For Policies In 2023  – Stockbrokers

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Chairman of Research and Technology at the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr. Akeem Oyewale, has said that economic growth and development should be the determining factor in policies ahead of 2023.
Oyewale, who said this recently at the institute’s Annual National Economic Review and Outlook 2022 webinar  in Lagos, urged policy makers to act in a spirit of justice and tolerance to avoid acts that could lead to violence in the run-up to the 2023.
Speaking on the topic: “Global Dynamics Shaping Nigeria‘s Economic Future”, Oyewale listed factors such as the process leading up to the 2023 general elections, the response to Omicron, and the effects of COVID-19, as what would also determine the growth of the nation’s economic development.
He used the fora to urge the Federal Government to intensify its engagement with Nigeria’s capital market to better smoothly finance the 2022 budget deficit without increasing borrowing.
Oyewale also directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to fully consider the effects on the capital market when making monetary and fiscal policies.
According to him, the philosophy of building an economy led by the private sector enshrined in the National Development Plan must be strictly adhered to.
On the need for new listings, Oyewale said Nigeria National Petroleum Company’s trading should continue with the public listing of its shares on the stock market.
This, he explained, would give Nigerians the opportunity to co-own one of the country’s commanding heights.
“The CBN and banks should grant trading facilities to securities trading firms in the country to maintain optimism in the capital market”, he said.
Speaking further, he urged pension funds and other institutional investors to increase their investment in the stock market to create much-needed stability and encourage new investment.
Earlier, President of the CIS Council, Mr Olatunde Amolegbe,  said the institute would continue with initiatives that would enhance its growth and development in 2022.
Amolegbe stated that CIS would undertake activities that would promote capital market literacy in all geopolitical zones of the country, saying that he would strengthen collaboration with international professional bodies such as CISI UK and others for the benefit of their members.
He continued that the institute was working to increase the number of Nigerian universities offering graduate and undergraduate courses in securities and investment/capital market studies.
“Our vision by 2023 is to see the Securities and Investments profession registered in the hearts of young Nigerian academics as their preferred career path and CIS as the model to be followed by other professional bodies,” he concluded.

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PenCom Completes Review Of Pension Reform Act 2014

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The regulatory body of the Nigerian Pension Industry, the National Pension Commission (PenCom) says it has deliberated on the review of the Pension Reform Act 2014 (PRA 2014).
This was contained in a statement to newsmen signed by Peter Aghahowa, Head, Corporate Communications of PenCom, who disclosed that the regulator organised the retreat on the review of PRA 2014 in Abuja between January 12 and 14.
According to Aghahowa, the retreat was aimed at identifying salient issues to be reviewed in the PRA 2014 as a prelude to advancing legislative action on the bill.
Aghahowa said it is expected that the National Assembly would subsequently organise a public hearing to provide an avenue for stakeholders to formally make input into the proposed amendments.
He also said that the PRA 2014 was enacted following a review of the initial PRA of 2004, which introduced legal and institutional frameworks of the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) and established PenCom to regulate and supervise all pension matters in Nigeria.
According to him, the Director-General of PenCom, Aisha Dahir-Umar, during the opening ceremony of the retreat, had informed the participants that the PRA 2014 codified one of the most important socio-economic reform initiatives of the Federal Government.
He continued that she said this has brought about a pension industry that has accumulated pension assets in excess of N13 trillion invested in various aspects of the Nigerian economy.
He quoted her as saying that “the review is a corollary to some implementation challenges encountered with certain sections of the Act not long after its enactment in July 2014.
“This was also an addition to persistent calls from stakeholders for the amendment of some sections of the Act, which resulted in several legislative initiatives through the sponsorship of Bills for amendment of the PRA 2014 by the National Assembly.
“Consequently, the Commission as the regulator of the pension industry, decided to coordinate and harmonize the various efforts in order to achieve a comprehensive and constructive exercise for the review of PRA 2014”, he concluded.

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