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Oceanic Bank Launches Customised Products



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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COVID-19: Dockworkers/Seafarers Are Essential Workers, Exempted From Travel Restrictions, Says NIMASA



? As Agency Unveils Guidelines for Terminals, Jetties.


In line with the newly endorsed protocols by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO] designed to lift barriers to crew changes, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA] has designated Seafarers and Dockworkers as essential workers who should be exempted from travel restrictions.


The exemptions are contained in a new guideline developed and published by the Agency to support essential services in Nigeria’s shipping sector. The guideline states that the jobs of dockworkers at the country’s seaports, terminals, and jetties are essential to the national economy and, therefore, dockworkers should be granted passage between their places of abode and the seaports/terminals and jetties to perform their duties.


The advice also declares that seafarers are on essential duty and as such exempted from the curfew and travel restrictions, which may hinder necessary movement for crew change. It directs companies employing the services of seafarers to provide special and dedicated means of transportation to convey the seafarers, adding that such transport system must be disinfected within the recommended minimum hours.


The guideline specifically provides for the mandatory use of facemasks within all terminals and jetties, mandatory temperature check on all staff before access to terminals, and denial of entry to persons who present temperature above 38°C. It makes it mandatory for all dock labour employers to develop risk assessments and safety intervention guidelines for all personnel and operations in the areas of vulnerability within their maritime operations that can be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including cargo handling, access control, and rostering procedures.


Dock labour employers are also to devise methods of ensuring that dockworkers absent from their duties for issues relating to COVlD-19 are quarantined and compensated for the suspension of earnings they suffer as a consequence. Furthermore, all dock labour employers are to ensure that buses deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic carry a 50 per cent maximum capacity in line with Federal Government directives, and all passengers wear facemasks. Such buses must have hand sanitisers for all drivers’ and passengers’ use and be frequently disinfected.

Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the latest advice was meant to contain the coronavirus pandemic while also supporting the continuation of the economy. 


Jamoh stated, “Like President Muhammadu Buhari said, no economy can survive total lockdown. If you look at it critically, maritime is an essential duty, with the major actors being seafarers and dockworkers. This is why we continually come up with guidelines to ease their operations so that activities in our ports will not suffer.”


The DG emphasised the prohibition of loitering around port premises and charged dock labour employers to ensure social distancing of two meters is maintained between people in the workplace and other public spaces within and around port terminals.


The guideline is in sync with those issued by the United Nations agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO), as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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ICT Skills’ll Deliver Economic Independence To Nigerian Girls – NITDA



The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that if Nigerian girls are taught relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills at a young age, they will be set up for economic independence in future.
The Agency who made this remark through a press release signed by its Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, joined the global community to mark the “Girls in ICT Day.” The day which is marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April falls on the 23rd April this year.
In the statement, Mrs Umar said that the Agency is highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in ICT, the world’s fastest growing sector.
She said, “During this year’s celebration, NITDA is drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women to participate actively in the ICT sector of our economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had estimated skills shortfall of over two million jobs in the ICT sector within the next few years. This opens a huge opportunity for girls and young women who have the ability to learn Coding, Apps Development, Computer Science and other ICT related courses.
“This will not only make them ready for a successful career in the ICT sector, but ICT skills are rapidly becoming a strong advantage for students in just about any other field they might choose to pursue. With technology playing vital role in all manner of careers, from Arts to Social Sciences, and from Law to History, to Graphic Design, learning ICT skills at a young age will set girls up for economic independence. Furthermore, the ICT sector needs more girls and women and celebrating a day like this reminds us that ICT helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.
“It contributes significantly towards better healthcare, better environmental management, better communication, and better educational systems that transform the way children and adults learn. NITDA, in its proactive manner and in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as in furtherance of bridging the gender imbalance in ICT in Nigeria, has embarked on series of Capacity Building programmes for women and girls across the country. Girls with ICT skills can expect to earn good wages and enjoy huge career opportunities.

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Keystone Bank Disowns Ex-staff, Fake Investment Company



Keystone Bank Limited has alerted customers of the activities of one Mr. Obinna Onuselogu, who parades a company, Triple C Investment Limited, as an affiliate of the bank with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank, in a statement yesterday, said Onuselogu, who used to be a staff, was no longer in its employ.
It added that anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of the bank does so at his/her own risk.
“Please note further that Keystone Bank is neither related nor affiliated to any company known as Triple C Investment Limited, which Mr. Onuselogu claims to be its chief executive officer.
“Anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of Keystone Bank does so at his/her own risk,” the statement said.
It was learnt that the ex-staff has been using the name of the bank and its executives claiming to be in partnership with the bank with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank said it was working on a legal process and security agents to put an end to the unscrupulous activities of the so-called Tripple C Investment and its agents.

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