Lagos, February 26, 2016
37th Annual Kaduna Trade Fair: FirstBank Fetes Customers with Products Bouquet
In keeping with its tradition of stimulating the economy and encouraging bi-lateral trade relations between Nigeria and its trading partners, Nigeria’s foremost financial institution and the most valuable bank brand, First Bank Nigeria Limited, will deploy cutting-edge technology to drive its products and services at the 37th edition of Kaduna Trade Fair.
During the ten-day fair, the Bank’s broad clientele and prospective ones will benefit from FirstBank’s famous financial advisory services, on-line-real-time banking, internet banking, Automated Teller Machine (ATM), cards products, consumer finance products ,Western Union/MoneyGram and a bouquet of innovative and lifestyle-fit products and services. As Nigeria’s leading retail bank, FirstBank has over the years broadened its product and services offerings to include agricultural finance, bills discounting, equipment leasing and mortgage finance.
The trade fair which is scheduled to commence from February 26, 2016 will have participants from Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Egypt, Chad and Niger Republic among other participants from neigbouring countries. This year’s edition titled: “Promoting Solid Minerals Sector for Sustainable Economic Development of Nigeria” will be formally declared opened on Saturday, February 27, 2016 by 10am at the trade fair ground. The fair is designed as a strategy that will lead to the realisation of the multiple potentials of the solid minerals sector, especially its ability to become a major source of the country’s revenue earner and massive job creation with solid minerals fast becoming a strategic income earner in the nation’s economy.
Over the years, the fair has attracted both local and foreign exhibitors and has continued to provide avenue for various trade groups and professionals to present new products, services and ideas as well as tap into business opportunities that exist in the country particularly in the solid mineral industry.
According to the MD/CEO of FirstBank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, ‘FirstBank remains committed to drive trade and development in the nation and will continue to promote the industrialization of the Nigerian economy and the global economy at large’. We would continue to support initiatives aimed at promoting the solid mineral sector as a viable tool for diversifying the Nigerian economy, he added.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, is Nigeria’s leading financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings and one of the largest corporate and retail banking financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Since its establishment in 1894, the Bank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, risk management and strong capitalization.
FirstBank operates an extensive distribution network with over 750 business locations (623 branches, 61 quick service points and 69 cash centers/agencies), over 2,500 ATM’s and over 9 million customer accounts. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services and has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank DR Congo, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank The Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank Sierra-Leone and FBNBank Senegal as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
FirstBank is the recipient of many awards. The Bank has been named “The Best Bank Brand in Nigeria” five times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group. FirstBank’s brand purpose is to always put its stakeholders, customers and partners at the heart of its business, even as it is poised to standardize customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across Sub Saharan Africa, in consonance with its brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. The brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on the FirstBank’s inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position its customers first in every respect.
For four consecutive years, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2014 FirstBank was named the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards. Other recent awards include the “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, “Best Bank in West Africa” and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the African Banker Awards, “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards for the fourth time, “Best Foreign Exchange Services in Africa” in the EMEA Finance Treasury Services Awards, “Best Banking Group in Nigeria” by World Finance Banking Awards, and “Best Financial Reporting Company” by Africa Investor.Signed
Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications