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Airtel announces return of ‘Touching Lives’ CSR Initiative

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….Calls on Nigerians to nominate beneficiaries by dialling 367

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of the fourth edition of its award-winning and flagship Corporate Social Responsibity (CSR) initiative, Airtel Touching Lives.

Airtel Touching Lives, which is aimed at promoting the culture of giving amongst Nigerians, seeks to uplift the downtrodden and offer useful support to less privileged people across the country.

Since the commencement of the programme in 2015, Airtel has provided practical help for thousands of Nigerians as well as communities and groups.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos to announce the kick-off of Season 4 of the programme, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, said the company is committed to helping the less privileged in the society in line with its vision of creating empowerment opportunities and making life better for Nigerians.

“Together, we all can make our society a better place if we join hands and collaborate to uplift the downtrodden around us.

“While the Government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) cannot do it all, we have a responsibility to contribute our quota to making Nigeria a better place for all,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to participate in the 4th edition of the Touching Lives programme by nominating causes and persons who require help.

According to him, “the nomination process is simple. Once you nominate an individual or cause, our team will review and assess the situation and determine if a follow-up visit will be required

“You can nominate individuals or projects in your communities by dialling 367 or by sending an SMS to the Shortcode, 367. Also mail can be sent to touchinglives@ng.airtel.com

Since Airtel launched the  Touching Lives initiative three years ago, it has achieved remarkable successes having restored hope of despaired individuals and families, saved many from the throes of death and empowered many underprivileged Nigerians.

One of the major highlights in Season 3 of Airtel Touching Lives was the story of Olusegun Aina family, who lost three children and were rendered homeless by a devastating fire incident. Through the Touching Lives platform, Airtel built and donated a multi-million Naira, ultra-modern 2-bedroom apartment for the family and also paid for all outstanding medical bills incurred by the surviving family members.  

In 2017, Airtel Touching Lives was voted the most outstanding intervention in Stakeholders’ Management by the jury of the prestigious Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS).

Aside Touching Lives, Airtel Nigeria has continuously embarked on several philanthropic initiatives aimed at impacting lives positively. Some of these key CSR initiatives include the Adopt-a-School programme, Employee Volunteer Scheme, Airtel Five Days of Love Christmas programme and other interventions on health and the environment.

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Decade old story wins GTBank’s Dusty Manuscript Contest

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The MD/CEO Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje with Winner of the contest, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

 

A manuscript written almost ten years ago has been selected as the winner of the Dusty Manuscript Contest; a Prize organized for budding Nigerian writers. Written by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, the winning manuscript, titled Devil’s Pawn clinched the top prize ahead of The Orchid Protocol by Onoche Emeka Onyekwena and The Other Side of Truth by Nneoma Anieto, which came first and second runner-up respectively.

Organized in partnership with Kachifo Ltd. and Okadabooks, the Dusty Manuscript Contest is the latest in a long line of GTBank’s YouREAD initiatives aimed at fostering the culture of reading and creating a platform for the appreciation of Africa’s literary excellence. As part of the contest, Nigerians were invited to submit their unpublished stories and stand a chance to get publishing deals for their works. The contest received over 1,000 entries and had a panel of four judges made up of authors Eghosa Imasuen, Yejide Kilanko and Toni Kan and Assistant Professor of English, Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines.

As part of the prizes in the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the authors of the top 3 manuscripts received 1,000,000, N500,000 and N250,000 respectively, as well as publishing contracts with Kachifo Ltd. The authors of the 10 manuscripts also received e-publishing contracts with OkadaBooks, while the authors of the top 20 manuscripts were hosted to a two-day intensive writers boot-camp to sharpen their literary and business skills.

Speaking about the winning entry, the lead judge, Dr Ainehi Edoro, said; “Devil’s Pawn was a unanimous choice. Told in a fast paced narrative style that keeps you glued to the pages, the story is a gift that keeps giving’’. “The Orchid Protocol is an intriguing detective story, call it CSI Lagos and you won’t be too far off the mark,” said Eghosa Imasuen, one of the judges. “The Other Side of Truth presents a woman’s life, without judgement. In making the case for the novel a single word comes to me: Empathy,” added another judge, Toni Kan.

Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Mr Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank we see Art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organizing the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers share their stories with the world whilst providing them with a platform to build successful writing careers.”

GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank’s footprints in Corporate Social Responsibility are guided strategically by its decision to operate on four major pillars: Education, Community Development, Arts and the Environment, which it believes are essential building blocks for the society and prerequisites for economic growth and societal development.

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CBN boosts Forex market with $210 million

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has made available the sum of $210million, to meet customers’ requests in various segments of the foreign exchange market.
In its desire to meet customers’ needs in the various segments of the market, the CBN offered $100million to authorized dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment got boosted with the sum of $55 million.
According to figures obtained from the Bank on Wednesday, 20th June, 2018, customers needing foreign exchange for invisibles such as tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA), among others, were also allocated the sum of $55 million.
It will be recalled that the Bank last Thursday, June 14, 2018 intervened to the tune of $343.06 million to cater for requests in the retail segment of the forex market.
Meanwhile, the naira continued its stability in the FOREX market, exchanging at an average of N360/$1 in the BDC segment of the market on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
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FirstBank celebrates CSR Week across 8 countries, over 800 business communities

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited is commemorating the second edition of its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) Week scheduled for June 19 – 23, 2018.  The event themed ‘Touching Lives; You First’ would offer FirstBank employees the opportunity to give their time and resources in the service of humanity. The week-long event which is being commemorated across its business communities in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal is a reflection of the Bank’s brand promise to always put stakeholder needs first, while it reinforces the Bank’s role in driving sustainable development in the communities where it operates.

The CR&S Week would witness the culmination and consolidation of the Bank’s interventions in social responsibility, promoting random acts of kinds across 800 communities to reignite acts of kindness in our society. The events are tailored towards re-orientating the society along the right values; encouraging the citizenry to intentionally create positive impact in their immediate environment.

Major Highlights of the 2018 commemoration include:

Promoting Acts of Random Kindness in over 800 Business Communities– This initiative launched in 2017 as Staff Promoting Acts of Random Kindness has been expanded to give opportunities to everyone who wants to participate. Consequently,  it  has been tagged ‘Start Promoting Acts of Random Kindness’ (SPARK)  and a Giving platform has been put in place to encourage all interested parties to donate to humanitarian causes. All stakeholders are encouraged to nominate people they believe are deserving of kindness. Nominations can be sent to spark@firstbanknigeria.com with supporting reasons in not more than 100 words; entries close on June 23, 2018.

Giving and Visits to Orphanages/Less Privileged Homes Across Sub-Saharan Africa and United Kingdom:  FirstBank staff would drive welfare through visits to homes of the less privileged and elderly across the Bank’s footprints in Sub-saharan Africa and the United Kingdom to present the items  which have been procured based on a prior needs assessment at the chosen locations.

Career counseling for over 3000 students: Executive Management and staff will deliver impactful career counseling sessions with secondary school students across the regions to inculcate financial literacy and inclusion in young students.

Provision of Vision Screening and Eye Glasses for 2000 People: The Bank is partnering with VisionSpring to provide vision screening and affordable eye glasses for consumers earning less than $4 per day. This initiative is structured around three social impact themes: See to Earn, See to Learn, and See to be Safe to impact the lifestyles of their communities.

Empowerment for over 500 Widows: As part of the week’s activities, FirstBank will also commemorate the International Widows Day (IWD) on June 23, 2018 and is partnering with the International Women’s Society (IWS) to empower women, especially widows that will be present at an event organised to commemorate the IWD.

FirstBank’s CR&S Week is the first of its kind in the Financial Service industry in Nigeria and it is tailored to spotlight the Bank’s corporate citizenship interventions to drive positive impact across various communities all in one week. The Bank is encouraging people everywhere to step out of their comfort zones, perform a random act of kindness, post a picture and tag FirstBank on social media using the hash tag #FirstBankCRSWeek on Facebook – facebook.com/firstbankofnigeria; Twitter – @firstbankngr and Instagram – @firstbanknigeria

Speaking on the initiative, the MD/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan stated that The 2018 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability week will amplify the Bank’s Employee Giving and Volunteering scheme as we all collaborate across our business communities to create sustainable impact, touch lives and make our societies a better place to live.

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