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Easing Lockdown: How Greedy GTB Workers Demand Money From Customers To Gain Entrance Into Banking Hall![Exclusive Video]

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Once beaten, twice shy. This very common but important words may have defined the reasons why a handful of Nigerians most especially customers of financial institutions trooped out in their large numbers to storm the banks in order to rectify their accounts in one way or the other.

According to a privileged information made available to us, this move was necessarily taken by the people to guide against yet another sudden pronouncement of a nationwide stay at home order by the presidency which hit them unprepared.

The last two months have, therefore being those of a painful experience of brutal hunger, gnashing of teeth and visible regret of no preemption. It was indeed almost 60 days of abject poverty or what could simply be defined as an impromptu financial colonization. Save for the humanitarian and philanthropic gestures of some kind-hearted compatriots who benevolently gave out relief packages like food items and cash, Nigeria could have recorded an amazing death rate not basically from the rampaging corona virus but from what the people termed as death virus.

Yes, many lives would have been lost if not for some of these God-sent individuals who voluntarily ignored donating their cash to the federal government but made them available to vulnerable Nigerians. However, one of the banks that has greatly benefitted from the Nigerian populace since its establishment more than two decades ago suddenly and in a show of errant wickedness turned its back on its benefactors and bit the fingers that fed it. The bank is none other than Guarantee Trust Bank popularly called GTB. This bank founded by retired banker, Fola Adeola and late financial guru, Tayo Aderinokun added salt to the injuries already sustained by Nigerians during the Covid ’19 lockdown.

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It was a sour tale left to be told by customers of the Herbert Macaulay, Alagomeji Yaba, Lagos branch of the bank who trooped to the premises on Tuesday, the 5th of May, 2020 expecting the bank to give them a friendly treatment but were left aghast and flabbergasted as staff of the bank including the security officers connived to add more to their customers’ painful tales. It was confirmed by our reporters that the customers were forced by the security guards at the said Alagomeji branch to part with a sum of N1000 before they could be ushered in for attention. This, we gathered was with the knowledge of the workers in the banking hall including the branch manager.

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We also scooped that customers were coerced to stand or sat in the scorching sun with the deliberate snail movement level at which the bankers attended to customers which paved way for the accumulation of more people in the bank’s premises. In a thorough investigation conducted by our reporters, we gathered that the bankers at the Alagomeji branch of GTB have suddenly turned themselves to semi gods by displaying unnecessary wickedness to their own customers many of whom want to get some money available to combat the hunger effect of another possible lockdown as may be announced by President Muhammadu Buhari towards the weekend. The entire situation was so disgusting to an extent that the security personnel at the bank ignorantly asked our reporter, a journalist to part with 1000 to be able to cover the ugly scenario as summoned by the angry customers of GTB, Herbert Macaulay, Alagomeji Yaba branch.

The video covered as regards this event is available on HCS TV, youtube channel. Definitely, it is obvious that all those working in the Herbert Macaulay, Alagomeji, Yaba branch of GTB are criminals and undeserving elements handling the finances of innocent and hard working Nigerians. This is therefore a clarion call to the Central Bank of Nigeria and other stakeholders to look critically into this financial mess perpetrated by GTB staffers before it gets out of hand.

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Nigeria Central Bank To Inaugurate N15 Trillion Infrastructure Fund In October 2021

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The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that   the N15 trillion infrastructure fund would be inaugurated in Oct. 2021.

Emeifele who made this known at the 14th Annual Banking and Finance Conference of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria in Abuja, stated that the innovations like the Nigeria/International Financial will provide a gateway for capital and investments, and digital currency, e-naira, will enhance inclusion.

He said the regulatory body had been working with the Bankers Committee to scale the challenges posed by Covid-19, which include reduction of interest rates on loans, increasing the moratorium for payments, and injecting N3 trillion loans in the private sector.

“We do expect that the pace of inflation will moderate as we approach the harvest season,’’ he added.

President Muhammadu Buhari says N300 billion has been disbursed to farmers while 1.6 million poor and vulnerable households are currently benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer programme.

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The president who  revealed this while virtually declaring the conference open, said that  some of the various initiatives embarked upon to boost agricultural trade in Nigeria include the Anchor Borrowers Programme.

He stated that the Central Bank of Nigeria had made more than N300 billion available to over  3.1 million smallholder farmers of 21 different commodities.

He said the commodities included Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, Cassava, Poultry, Soybeans, Groundnut, Fish, cultivating over 3.8 million hectares of farmland.

“It is on record that 80% of rice consumed in Nigeria is now produced locally,’’ he said.

He added that the National Social Register of poor and vulnerable Nigerians had 32.6 million persons from seven million poor and vulnerable households identified, imploring bankers to play a stronger role in improving livelihoods.

President Buhari said the National Social Investment Programme was biggest in Sub-Sahara Africa and one of the largest in the world.

To further strengthen recovery and enable more Nigerians, President Buhari said, last year, he approved the establishment of InfraCo Plc, a world-class infrastructure development vehicle, wholly focused on Nigeria, with combined debt and equity take-off capital of N15 trillion.

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“In May 2021, the Rural Electrification Agency announced the planned deployment of solar-powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres and 104 Unity Schools nationwide.

“Under the Family Homes Fund Limited, Social Housing programme incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria, more than two thousand hectares of land with title documents have been issued by 24 states with the capacity to accommodate about 65,000 new homes.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria is providing a N200 Billion financing facility, with a guarantee by the Federal Government,’’ he said.

The president affirmed that the theme of the conference, “Economic Recovery, Inclusion, and Transformation: The Role of Banking and Finance’’ was most appropriate, following the global shocks from COVID-19.

“I salute the Institute and the entire banking and finance industry for the commitment towards charting a practical path for economic recovery and transformation of our country, Nigeria, and by extension Africa as epitomized by the theme of your conference.

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The President commended CBN, working in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, for providing single-digit financing to young Nigerians in the fields of fashion, film, music and Information Technology through establishment of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative.

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Made In Nigeria Phone To Hit Market Soon – ITF

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The Director General and Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari has disclosed that the Fund is set to acquire machinery for mass production of ITF Mobile in Nigeria.

He said the Industrial Fund will soon hit the nation’s market when it commences the mass production and it launching into market the ITF mobile phones.

The DG in a press statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs Department, Suleyol Fred Chagu and made available to Journalists yesterday in Jos the Plateau State maintained that the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has initiated processes for the procurement and installation of a production line specially dedicated for that purpose at the ITF Model Skills Training Centre (MSTC), Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Ari, disclosed this when he received the leadership of the two in-house Unions of the Fund in his office at the Headquarters where he also revealed that since the symbolic presentation of the ITF Mobile phone to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Agency has been inundated with requests for partnership from corporate entities within the country.

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In his words, “I have given directive to the Director of Technical and Vocational Skills Training Department, who is also the zonal Director of the ITF MSTC to get all the immediate machines so that we will be able to set up the production line.

“Since the good news, we have also received a lot of requests for partnership, including one from AfriOne, who want to
partner with us. This is good as we cannot do it alone because we are not an island unto ourselves. The main thing is that this product is a home grown product and this lends credence to the fact that we too can do it in Nigeria” he boastfully stated.

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The DG expressed gratitude to the leadership of the two union bodies, “the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSACGOC) and Amalgamated Union Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees (AUPCTRE)” for identifying and supporting the Management, saying.
For him, “every leader should have a strategic vision. But you also need followers that will key into the leaders’
vision and happily, that’s what has happened in the ITF. The Unions have been great partners in progress. You
have at all times remodeled, looked at the vision, reviewed it along with us and the areas where you find us going
wrong, you took us back on track”.

He stressed the need for continuous dialogue as recipe for industrial harmony. “The relationship between the ITF, Management and the two Unions gives credence to the fact that it pays to dialogue.

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President of Senior Staff (SSACGOC), Comrade Kayode Alakija and the Acting Chairman of AUPCTRE, Comrade Lawal Mohammed Ado earlier on in a separate remarks showered praises on the DG for the milestone achievement and urged the need to speed up the mass production of the android phone which, according to them, would be another source of revenue for the Agency.

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BECCIMA Lauds FG For Initiating To Establish Cottage Industries In 774 LGAs

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The Benue State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BECCIMA) has lauded the Federal Government for establishing cottage industries across all the Local Governments Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria

President of BECCIMA, Dr Paul Ubwa, made the commendation at a news conference on Friday in Makurdi.

“It is a well thought out initiative by the Federal Government to set aside the sum of one trillion naira to establish cottage industries in each of the 774 LGAs in the country.

“This all important news was disclosed by the Hon. Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume.

“We the organised private sector in Benue express our sincere appreciation to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for coming up with this unique initiative.

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“The initiative is aimed at creating wealth for the common man,’’ he said.

According to him, the initiative when implemented will go a long way in eradicating poverty in Benue State and indeed Nigeria and the president’s name will be written in gold for posterity.

“In Benue state, we are hoping that in order to ensure stability, sustainability and longevity of the proposed cottage industries, each should be incorporated as a company with a Board of Directors.

“This should be made up of indigenes of the catchment area or host community.

“The plan will involve the local government council itself, traditional institutions, cooperative societies and associations, youth/women groups, existing entrepreneurs, traditional land owners and other interest groups.

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“We are assured of and envisage the support of the Benue State government’’

Ubwa also appealed to the Federal Government and most especially, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs to make Benue one of the pilot states for the take-off of the programme.

“On our part, we stand ready to co-operate with the ministry and other support agencies to ensure success and sustainability of the initiative,’’ he said. 

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