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Fidelity Bank Emerges Top in Banks’ Support for SMEs

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New data has shown Fidelity, FBN Holdings, and Guaranty Trust Holding Company recorded the most support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) growth in Africa’s biggest economy. 

BusinessDay Analysis of Fidelity Bank, FBN Holding, GTCO, Zenith Bank, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Union Bank, Access Bank, and Sterling Bank financial books showed that these banks recorded a cumulative contribution to the Small and Medium Enterprises Equity Investment scheme (SMEEIS) of N22.6 billion, up 6.6 percent from N21.2 billion in September 2021. 

The SMEEIS is a voluntary initiative of the Bankers’ Committee which was in response to the Federal Government’s concerns and policy measures for the promotion of SMEs as vehicles for rapid industrialisation, sustainable economic development, poverty alleviation, and employment generation. 

Fidelity Bank’s small and medium enterprises equity investment reserve recorded an increase of 33.4 percent to N7.11 billion in September 2022 from N5.33 billion in September 2021.

Fidelity Bank has the Eduloan targeted at private schools registered, Fidelity Private Medical Support Scheme designed for eligible private hospitals, and Fidelity Pharmacy Support Scheme designed for eligible community pharmacy businesses amongst a range of value-adding services and products designed to help SMEs run profitably.

While FBN Holding’s small and medium enterprises equity investment reserve stood at N6.08 billion year on year; GTCO’s small and medium enterprises equity investment reserve was at N4.2 billion year on year in the period under review.

Small and medium enterprises equity investment reserve figures for other banks indicate that Zenith Bank recorded N1.2 billion; Stanbic IBTC Holdings’ recorded N1.0 billion; Union Bank reported N935 million; Wema bank recorded N902 million; Access Bank recorded N827 million and Sterling Bank reported N235 million between September 2021 and September 2022.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, the 10 (ten) percent of the profit after tax (PAT) to be set aside annually shall be invested in small and medium industries as the banking industry’s contribution to the Federal Government’s efforts towards stimulating economic growth, developing local technology and generating employment.

Deposit Money Banks (DMBs)/Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) who will be eligible for wholesale funding shall satisfy the following conditions – Sign MOU with the CBN, undertake to bear all the credit risks of the loans they shall be granting, Issue authority to the CBN to deduct the balance of the outstanding loan at source from its account with the Bank, Set aside ten (10) percent of SME fund accessed for financing start-up businesses,” the apex bank said in a note.

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MoneyMaster PSB Promotes Mobile Wallet at Ojude Oba Festival

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MoneyMaster Payment Service Bank Limited (MMPSB), a leading payment service bank, is attending the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival to promote its mobile wallet, which simplifies banking transactions in the country.

The Payment Service bank is licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria and insured by NDIC to promote financial inclusion in furtherance of the Nigerian financial literacy initiative driven by the Central Bank of Nigeria. With Moneymaster, Nigerians can open mobile wallets, savings account, individual and business accounts to make payments, buy airtime, pay utility bills to over 4,000 companies.

It was recently appointed a payment partner to the Ounje Eko initiative by the Lagos State government in its bid to provide discounted food items to residents of the state amidst rising cost of food items. Moneymaster is positioned to support individuals and businesses in their journeys towards financial prosperity by offering bespoke financial services that meet their aspirations.

In a press release issued at the weekend, Moneymaster said it is rounding off a month-long market activation, engaging indigenes and residents of Ijebuland to come onboard its digital banking platform – mobile wallet. Moneymaster mobile wallet avails customers the opportunity to transfer or withdraw cash from an agent, buy airtime and pay utility bills.

It added that during this month-long activation, customers in Ijebuland who open an account stand a chance of winning free airtime amongst other gift items.

The PSB further said that the drive towards a cashless economy can become a reality when more and more Nigerians embrace mobile wallet so as to help them cultivate a more convenient savings habit and also enable them engage in banking transactions with ease.

“While we rejoice with the people of Ijebuland at this time, we also want to showcase what we have in Moneymaster’s mobile wallet that can help various people to enjoy seamless banking from their phones”, the statement said.

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MultiChoice Obeys Court Order, Makes Downward Review of Subscription Cost

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Following a court order mandating it to halt the move to hike prices, MultiChoice has readjusted its subscription rates for DStv and GOtv users in Nigeria.

The company had vowed to challenge the order of the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal’s ruling in Abuja after reporting a decline in its subscriber base in Nigeria, leading to the loss of over a million subscribers.

MultiChoice has reflected the readjustment on its company’s apps as at Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Due to the adjustments, DStv subscribers will now pay N29,500 instead of N37,000 for the Premium package, while Compact+ package subscribers can now pay N19,800 instead of the new price of N25,000.

The readjustment now have Compact Bouquet subscribers paying N12,500 previously being charged instead of N15,700, while Confam package subscribers will pay the old price of N7,400 instead of N9,300 per month.

For the Yanga package subscribers, old rate of N4,200 will be paid against N5,100 placed as new rate; while Padi subscribers will pay the former price of N2,950 instead of the N3,600.

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Record Financial Performance: Fidelity Bank Plc Promotes 11% of Workforce

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Leading financial institution, Fidelity Bank Plc has announced the promotion of 11% of its workforce, a testament to the exceptional performance and dedication of its employees.
This significant move follows the release of the bank’s 2023 full year Audited Financial Statements, which reported an impressive 131.5 percent growth in Profit Before Tax (PBT) to N124.26 billion.
The recent promotions span every level within the bank, reflecting Fidelity Bank Plc’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding excellence across its entire organization. This strategic initiative has garnered positive reactions from staff members, who see it as a validation of their hard work and contribution to the bank’s remarkable financial achievements.
In addition to the promotions, Fidelity Bank Plc has also concluded arrangements to raise a total of N127.1 billion through a Rights Issue to existing shareholders and a Public Offer. This move is part of the bank’s broader strategy to strengthen its capital base, support future growth, and enhance shareholder value.
Fidelity Bank Plc’s impressive financial performance and the subsequent employee promotions highlight the bank’s robust operational strategy and its commitment to fostering a rewarding work environment. By investing in its people and ensuring their career growth, the bank continues to build a motivated and high-performing workforce.
Ranked as one of the best banks in Nigeria, Fidelity Bank Plc is a full-fledged customer commercial bank with over 8.5 million customers serviced across its 251 business offices in Nigeria and the United  Kingdom as well as on digital banking channels.
The bank has won multiple local and international awards including the Export Finance Bank of the Year at the 2023 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards, the Best Payment Solution Provider Nigeria 2023 and Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking and Finance Awards; Best Bank for SMEs in Nigeria by the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2023; and Best Domestic Private Bank in Nigeria by the Euromoney Global Private Banking Awards 2023.
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