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For the third time running, Access Bank Plc. is exempting another set of 30 of her customers from bank charges for life, subsequent to her 'Customer Engagement Campaign' promo. The promo raffle draws for the month of July took place recently at the Access Bank headquarters, on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Addressing newsmen and other dignitaries at the event, Access Bank Team Leader, Product Management, Mr. Victor Ohalete, said the bank reckoned that their esteemed customers deserved to be treated well; thus, customers, who update their personal data with the bank, in accordance with the new CBN directive, stand the chance to be exempted from bank charges for life. Besides, he stressed that the bank engaged in this promo to encourage savings culture among the customers and equally add more value to their lives.

According to Ohalete, the six-month- promo, which kicked off in May, 2011, will run through December, 2011, and it will produce 30 lucky winners each month. Also, he said the list of the exempted charges will be inscribed on the certificate that will be issued to each of the winners.

Speaking further on the modalities for the draw, Mr. Ohalete said the 30 lucky winners for each month are divided into two groups of 15 individual account holders and 15 corporate account holders. Meanwhile, he explained that the electronic draw is done with an electronic device that contains the list and the data of all the qualified customers for the draw. The machine is usually spinned and any name it picks when it is stopped spontaneously by the operator, becomes the winner.

To ensure integrity and transparency during the raffle draws, representatives of the Nigerian Consumer Protection Council and Lagos State Lottery Board are always around, not only to witness it but also to participate in the operation of the raffle draw.

At the end of the last raffle draws, 30 customers emerged as the lucky winners for the month of July.   Some of the lucky individual winners were  Sulaimon Ayinde-Iyana, Ipaja branch; Giwa Olarenwaju,Onikan branch; Tokunbo Olorogun, Idi-Araba branch; Ilokwu Uchenna, University of Nigeria, Enugu branch; Helen Aboribi,Warri branch while the corporate winners included GFK-RT Nigeria Limited, Maryland branch; Techplan Nigeria Limited, Kaduna branch, TSI Property and Investment,Olu Obasanjo branch, Port-harcourt, among others.

Immediately after the draw, all the winners were called. Those who picked their calls were informed of their emergence as winners at the draw and that subsequently, their bank officers would get in touch with them on the details of the presentation of the certificates of exemption that will hold in their individual branches.

…Appoints non-Executive Director
Access Bank Plc, a full-service commercial bank with headquarters in Nigeria and operations across Sub-Sahara Africa and the United Kingdom, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Anthonia Olufeyikemi Ogunmefun as non- executive director to its board. This appointment follows the approval of the bank's Board of Directors and Central Bank of Nigeria.

By this appointment, Mrs. Ogunmefun becomes the second female currently serving on the board of the bank after Mrs. Mosun Olusoga was appointed about four years ago. Mrs. Ogunmefun's appointment, according to industry observers, is a strategic decision by the bank to strengthen its governance structure and increase gender balance in its in board composition.

A thoroughbred governance practitioner, Mrs. Ogunmefun comes on the board of Access Bank with over 25 years banking experience at senior management level. Mrs. Ogunmefun is a seasoned banker and a legal practitioner with dual jurisdiction practice licences, having been admitted to the Nigerian and the Canadian Bar. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from the University of Lagos in 1974 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1975 and Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004.

Her experience includes board membership of a Canadian Charity where she serves as the chairperson of the governance committee and senior management position in some leading financial institutions in Nigeria and Canada.

Speaking on her appointment, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, Chairman, Access Bank Plc., said: 'We are quite delighted to have Mrs. Ogumefun on the board of Access Bank Plc. Her exposure and experience will be of significant benefit to our objective of attaining world-class standard.'