Sterling Bank Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial institution, has again emerged as the 2022 Overall Best Workplace in Nigeria in the large corporate category awards organised by the Great Place to Work (GPTW).
Since 2020, the Bank has continued to win the overall best workplace award of the GPTW.
According to the organisers of the award, the bank emerged first Best Place to Work in the large corporate category, Best in Promoting People Leadership Practices in the large category and the Best in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives in the large category.
In a keynote address, Chairman of Sterling Bank, Mr. Asue Ighodalo said, “Now, more than ever in the life of our country, we must create an environment that enables an inclusive and consistent growth rate of over seven percent year-on-year to emerge from our present economic and social predicament.”
Describing himself as an apostle of and a firm believer in private sector-led growth, Mr. Ighodalo noted that creative, disciplined, innovative, and efficient organisations, manned by visionary, selfless, hardworking, satisfied and passionate people will catalyse the growth of the national economy.
“Rising at dawn and working till dusk each day, are the men and women who drive these organisations,” he said, adding that “for the organisations to thrive and sustain themselves, these men and women must be happy at work, passionate about their work, well trained, healthy, mentally balanced, fairly treated, motivated, appreciated, comparatively well rewarded and respected.”
He said employers have a duty to ensure that employees work in an environment and with people who enable outstanding performance. According to him, the world changed significantly in the last five years and the change has greatly affected employees’ attitude to work, their ways of working, the reasons they work, their organisational loyalty and where they work from.
He remarked that in order to retain the quality of talent they need to survive, grow, thrive and sustain themselves, organisations must adapt to the constant changes, volatility and unpredictability in the world because “we are at the edge of a new world economic order with indications that China will soon overtake the United States as the world’s biggest economy and the dollar’s importance in international trade, settlements and store of value will diminish.”
He said the global economy continues to face unprecedented challenges, noting that the greatest impact on how people work and their commitment to work has been the 2019 Covid pandemic with its lingering effects. He added that the war in Ukraine continues to further destabilise the global order, negatively affecting the cost of food and energy, disrupting supply chains and logistics certainty, and pushing many people into unemployment all over the world.
“Our enabling environment must improve and our organizations, which are the growth drivers, must become attractive work havens. So, with all of these challenging changes, volatility and unpredictability how do we create and sustain attractive and productive work havens?”
“Regardless the positive and efficiency enhancing impact of technology, science, robotics and digitalisation, I remain absolutely clear that each organisation is only as good as the people that work in there, driving and controlling its systems and technologies.
“People are the heartbeat of any organisation, driving it forward with their individual and collective efforts. They are not just assets; they are the essence of the company, making it vibrant and alive.
“Strategies, milestones, and overall financial performance may grab the headlines, but these only come together by the channelled efforts of the dedicated hands and minds of the people who call the company home—individuals who are comfortable enough to live their best livesand do their best work within their respective organisations,” Ighodalo said.
He enjoined organisations to commit to the wellness and stability of their employees, by offering a wide range of wellness programmes and initiatives, including mandatory annual physical check-ups, holistic maternity and paternity initiatives, employee assistance programmes to provide access to mental health support, and extensions to employees’ health plans that provide cover for older dependents.
He said companies should also take steps to promote work-life balance, and may, subject to the nature of the tasks, offer unconventional flexible work arrangements and paid health breaks among others.
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Unity Bank Holds 10th Edition of Corpreneurship Challenge; Agropreneurs, Others Win N10M Business Grant
Unity Bank Plc has extended N10 million business grant to 30 members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, who took part in the 10th edition of the Bank’s flagship Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, known as Corpreneurship Challenge.
The winners, including upcoming entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions in several business value chains such as Honey production, Rice, and Snail farming, among others, claimed top positions after participating in a business pitch that took place across 10 state NYSC Orientation Camps – Katsina, Kano, Kwara, Imo, Rivers, Delta, Sokoto, Edo, Akwa-Ibom, and Osun recently.
At the NYSC Orientation camp at Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai, Akwa Ibom State, Azegba Chimuanya Perpetual, who pitched business on honey production emerged as the overall winner to clinch the N500,000 grand prize; while Iyorwa Kater Israel, a budding commercial rice farmer won N300,000 grant. Similarly, Egelonu Emmanuel Friday walked away with a N200,000 grant to support his Snail farming business.
In the remaining nine states, no fewer than twenty-seven other winners also emerged, after pitching business plans across various economic segments including Fish production, Poultry farming, Fashion, Soap and Cake making, Printing, Piggery, Beverage making, etc.
The Unity Bank Corpreneurship Challenge, which has proved its invaluable social benefit as an entrepreneurship development and job creation platform since its inception receives applications from thousands of serving NYSC Corp members. These business plans are then evaluated based on their originality, marketability, future employability potential of the product, and knowledge of the business.
Speaking during the grand finale in Akwa Ibom State, Unity Bank’s Head of Retail and SME Banking Group, Dr. Opeyemi Ojesina said the Unity Bank Corpreneurship Challenge has earned its pride of place in Nigeria as one of the country’s foremost business incubation platform and entrepreneurship development.
He said, “Unity Bank has sustained this Corpreneurship Challenge for the past five years, and throughout the period we have witnessed the tremendous impact it has had on youth empowerment and job creation in the country. And I believe that the innovative approach to entrepreneurship which the programme has adopted has enabled us to seamlessly integrate financial support, mentorship, and skill development to foster the growth of aspiring entrepreneurs.”
He added, “At its core, the initiative addresses the unique challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises, as they recognize the sector as the backbone of economic development. And Unity Bank’s commitment to financial inclusion is exemplified through tailored financial solutions that empower corp members to actualize their business dreams.”
Ojesina further explained that “the mentorship provided to participants adds unparalleled value, as it connects corp members with seasoned professionals who provide insights, guidance, and a roadmap for success,” emphasizing how Unity Bank recognizes that true empowerment extends beyond financial assistance to honing entrepreneurial skills”.
The Corpreneurship Challenge has earned the Bank national recognition for its impact on youth empowerment and job creation, just as the scheme continues to elicit growing interest among the corps members, attracting over 2000 applicants and participation in every edition.
In partnership with the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, the initiative prominently features a business pitch presentation that provides the participants with the opportunity to present their business plans and stand a chance to win up to N500,000 cash in the business grant.
So far, Unity Bank has invested over N100 million in the initiative which has now produced 148 winners since it was launched.
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Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today 16th November 2023
What is the Dollar to Naira Exchange rate at the black market also known as the parallel market (Aboki fx)?
See the black market Dollar to Naira exchange rate for 15th November, below. You can swap your dollar for Naira at these rates.
How much is a dollar to naira today in the black market?
Dollar to naira exchange rate today black market (Aboki dollar rate):
The exchange rate for a dollar to naira at Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market) players buy a dollar for N1132 and sell at N1137 on Wednesday 15th November 2023, according to sources at Bureau De Change (BDC).
Please note that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognize the parallel market (black market), as it has directed individuals who want to engage in Forex to approach their respective banks.
Dollar to Naira Black Market Rate Today
Buying Rate N1132
Selling Rate N1137
Dollar to Naira CBN Rate Today
Buying Rate 843
Selling Rate 844
Please note that the rates you buy or sell forex may be different from what is captured in this article because prices vary.
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Five Millionaires emerge in Polaris Bank’s ongoing ‘Save & Win’ Promo
Five lucky Nigerians at the weekend hit a fortune when they emerged Millionaires in the ongoing Polaris Bank Save & Win Promo.
The live quarterly draw of the ongoing Polaris ‘Save & Win’ promo which took place at the Bank’s headquarters Annex, Alausa Ikeja at the weekend in Lagos, further underscored Polaris Bank’s dedication to fairness in all its promotions and activities.
The development is in line with the Bank’s commitment to rewarding its loyal customers across the nation.
The winners emerged through a draw exercise which was witnessed by its representatives and relevant Agencies of government; Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), National Lottery Commission (NLRC) and Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) who confirmed that the 5 lucky winners were selected across Nigeria’s various regions spanning the geo-zones
Each winner received a cash prize of N1,000,000. During the draw, the lucky winners were called at random using a hybrid media technology which enabled in-premises event; as well as participation of over 1221 customers through the Bank’s virtual network and social media handles.
One of the lucky millionaires commended the Bank in putting in place the promo at this time which he said was relevant saying “Thank you to Polaris Bank for making me a millionaire. I never expected this surprise. This money definitely came in at the right time, I will tell my friends to open accounts with Polaris Bank and participate in the promo so we can all become millionaires.”
Speaking at the live draw event, the representative from FCCPC; Susie Onwuka said, “We’ve been monitoring Polaris Bank since the promo started and it has been fair, they comply to rules and guidelines. Customers should feel free and confident to participate in the promo”.
During the unveiling of the lucky millionaires, Polaris Bank’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO), ‘Dele Adeyinka also expressed the Bank’s commitment to encouraging a culture of savings among its customers. “The Polaris Bank Save & Win promo is not just about rewarding customers; it’s also about encouraging our customers to save for the rainy day”.
The CDO emphasized that customers can still participate in, or increase their chances of winning by depositing a minimum of N10,000 in their Savings account. He also noted that non-customers of the Bank can participate for a chance to win in the draws by opening a Polaris Savings account with N2,000 and growing same to N10,000 before the next draw date.
The representatives of the regulatory bodies commended the Bank for making good its promise to winners of the draws.
For those wishing to be part of the Campaign and stand a chance to also become millionaires, below are four (4) ways to participate in the ongoing Polaris Save & Win promo:
1. Download VULTe on iOS and the App store to open a Polaris Savings Account or dial USSD *833*0# on your phone or log into Polaris Bank savings portal.
2. Grow your account by N10,000 or more and maintain for 30 days or by N10,000 for 3 consecutive months to qualify for monthly & quarterly draws respectively.
3. If your account is dormant, you can reactivate your account without visiting the Bank by simply dialing *833*30#.
4. Follow the Bank’s handles @polarisbankltd across all social media platforms or visit the website to stay updated.
Polaris Bank was adjudged Nigeria’s Digital Bank of the Year in 2023, 2022 and 2021 in BusinessDay’s Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards. As a digital-forward Bank, the Bank is dedicated to forging a customer-focused future through innovative partnerships that reshape both businesses and communities.
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