Unilever Plans New Plants To Enhance Local Manufacturing; Access Bank, Airtel Develop Mobile Banking Platform For Subscribers . . .
Unilever Plans New Plants To Enhance Local Manufacturing
Unilever Nigeria Plc has disclosed that it would set up new plants within the country to further enhance local manufacturing.
The president, Africa-Unilever, Mr Bruno Witvoet in a meeting with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and a separate meeting with the minister for Trade and Investment and the minister for State for Trade and Investment, Prof Okey Enelamah and Mrs Aisha Abubakar, in Abuja recently revealed the company’s plans to further increase its investment in the country.
According to the Unilever president, the company is working on its backward integration plans, driving towards 100 per cent local sourcing over time.
“Our plans for increased investment will also bring about employment opportunities in the country as workers will be recruited for the new production line, and in the farms for the production and sourcing of local raw materials.”
Access Bank, Airtel Develop Mobile Banking Platform For Subscribers
As part of on-going efforts to deepen financial access in Nigeria, Access Bank in partnership with Airtel Nigeria has introduced Smart Savers initiative. The initiative will enable Airtel customers open bank accounts directly from their mobile phones without the bureaucracy and complexities of traditional banking.
The initiative, which kicked off on January 5, 2016 provides all Airtel subscribers who sign up, the opportunity to open a savings account from their phones. With the Smart Savers initiative, customers can enjoy real-time mobile banking services such as funds transfer to accounts in Access Bank and other Nigerian banks’ accounts.
It will also ensure quick airtime purchases, pay bills, view account statements/account balance enquiry and much more. In addition to providing customers a convenient platform through which payments of products and services can be made, the Smart Savers account allows Airtel subscribers save towards a target goal.
Executive director, Personal Banking, Victor Etuokwu, said: “This is a way of leveraging the evolution of technology to bring fast and convenient financial services closer to Nigerians of all socio-economic classes. This initiative further re-iterates the bank’s commitment to financial inclusion and promotes the ongoing cashless policy campaign of the CBN.”
Chief commercial officer, Airtel Nigeria, Ahmad Mokhles, said Airtel was committed to providing innovative services that will empower and enrich the lives of its customers in line with its brand’s vision of connecting Nigerians to their dreams.