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How FirstBank is helping salary account holders to dream big



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How FirstBank is helping salary account holders to dream big.




Loans are meant to provide individuals or organizations with additional money to cover their expenses and other obligations—It is then paid back over an agreed period of time, with interest. Personal loans and salary advance loans are the most popular offerings. While the former is an instant loan given to individuals following verification, the latter is usually extended to salaried professionals. But even though personal loans tend to cost less because they have longer-term lengths, there are still a few factors to consider before deciding what option works best for you.










How FirstBank is helping salary account holders to dream big.



According to a report by Bankrate, some of the top reasons why people get personal loans include emergencies, relocation purposes, debt reconciliation, payday loans, and other celebratory costs. Depending on why you’re taking a loan, it’s important to decide the amount based on whether you have a monthly budget for principal payments plus interest. If it’s an emergency you need money for, a salary advance loan may favor you better than payday loans because it is quicker and doesn’t involve middlemen. Nonetheless, personal loans are a very good option when it comes to vehicle financing or acquiring new gadgets. This is because, in the long run, taking out a loan means you can still build a savings portfolio for rainy days.











With rising inflation figures in countries like Nigeria (15.63%), salary earners are in fact heavily affected. Despite a steady flow of income, they face difficulties in meeting certain obligations or recurring bills. Sadly, the reality is that most Nigerians would rather borrow from friends and family than take a loan. This is largely because of high-interest rates, an inability to meet certain requirements, and the fear of harassment from digital lenders who use shame tactics to recover loans.














In order to bridge this gap, Nigeria’s foremost financial institution, First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) offers its customers better and simpler alternatives through a variety of loan products. The bank is also creating opportunities for millions of salary earners to dream big by harnessing the full potential of their accounts.
Here’s a breakdown of its loan plans
FirstAdvance, as the name implies, helps you attend to financial obligations that may come up before salaries are paid. This plan offers a maximum amount of ₦500,000, depending on the average of the applicant’s salary over the course of 3 months. However, customers are required to have an active salary account domiciled with First Bank, with proof of regular salary payment. The cash loans for payroll customers have an interest rate set at 2.5% flat, collected upfront, and can be accessed via the bank’s FirstMobile app, and by dialing *894*11# or *894#.
FirstCredit is the most flexible plan which allows you to access quick and simple loans without any collateral or documentation. Customers can apply for loans as high as ₦300,000 using a mobile phone or tablet. But there’s a catch. The account must have been operational in First Bank for at least 6 months, alongside a good credit record. FirstCredit has an interest rate of 10% flat. Here’s how it works in a few easy steps:










Dial *894#

Select Loans

Select FirstCredit

Select Get New Loan#

Select the account number with which you want to apply for the loan

Grant data usage consent and accept terms and conditions

You will be presented with 4 loan amount options





Choose your desired loan amount

The loan is disbursed into your account

FirstBank’s Personal Loan Against Salary (PLAS) is an upgrade to its First Advance offering. In addition to providing the funds to cater to pressing issues that may arise, this plan allows customers to hit their other long-term targets and goals. For instance, capital projects, rent obligations, vacations, professional courses, and other fulfilling ventures. According to the bank, with PLAS, Nigerian salary earners can be assured of a funding partner to fulfill their dreams. Using this plan, salary account holders can access up to ₦30 million and pay back the loan over a period of up to 36 months, subject to a retirement age of 60 years and a flexible repayment plan. To apply you will need the following documents:











Application letter

Personal Loan Application form


Statement of accounts

Applicant’s letter of total emolument

Confirmation of applicant’s employer on FBN’s approved list

Letter of irrevocable domiciliation of salary for the duration of the facility.

Complete the form and submit it at the nearest First Bank branch.









FirstBank is heavily invested in easing the pressure on customers when meeting their immediate and medium-term financial goals. The vision behind its salary advance loan (FirstAdvance) is to ensure that customers aren’t being charged high-interest rates or forced to submit more collateral. Its PLAS plan offers flexibility, and good interest rates, and helps to boost the customer’s credit score. It also doesn’t require as much paperwork since the process is carried out online.









The bank additionally boasts of strategic services and incentives targeted at giving customers the best experience. For instance, its salary account benefits include a zero opening balance and no minimum daily operating balance or AMC charge. Customers also get their first Verve or Mastercard issuance for free with unlimited access to consumer loans.




Culled from Tech Cabal


Dangote Cement’s Past Consumer Promo Winners Recount Gains



Dangote Cement’s Past Consumer Promo Winners Recount Gains

Dangote Cement’s Past Consumer Promo Winners Recount Gains

Dangote Cement Promo: Previous Seasons’ Winners Recount Gains

-Commend Dangote for transforming their lives

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe


Dangote Cement’s Past Consumer Promo Winners Recount Gains


Past winners of the Dangote Cement consumer promo have commended the company’s Management for the positive economic and social impact of the promo on their livelihoods and wellbeing.


Some of the winners, who spoke on the impact of the cars and millions of Naira won during the previous seasons, described the promo as a big relief and a crucial palliative that lessened the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which had then shut down the whole world.







More than 450 consumers had emerged either as instant millionaires or owners of brand new car prices, while others won hundreds of tricycles among other attractive prizes during Season 1 and Season 2 of the consumer promo.


The star winners across Nigeria who were presented with brand new saloon cars or one million naira as prizes commended the cement manufacturing giant and its Chairman, Aliko Dangote for transforming their lives for the better.









Some of the excited winners, who were contacted by telephone, recalled how they initially thought it was a dream until they were later presented with their various prizes in the full glare of the public. They said their winnings had enriched their lives and livelihoods and hailed the sincerity of Dangote Cement in handing over the cars to them.


A winner, Mr. Clement James of Marble Construction, Kaduna State who won a brand new car during the last Dangote Cement promo said the prize has enhanced the profitability of his business.









According to him, the car has assisted his company in marketing Dangote Cement products within and outside Kaduna. “We have been using the car to meet clients’ and customers’ needs in and around the state. This has further increased our customer base and boosted our profitability,” he stated.


James pointed out that the car gift showcased Dangote’s interest in human empowerment. “The truth is that the car gift has made people understand that Dangote is not only interested in making profits, but also highly interested in impacting the lives of both customers and consumers of its products.








“Before now, we only hear of how much Dangote contributes to empowerment and we had not experienced it personally. With the Dangote Cement promo, we were able to feel the impact directly. It now boosts the confidence of consumers on the company’s products,” he added.


Another past winner, Emmanuel Boye, Managing Director of Awuley Investment Limited, Abuja said the branded car prize his company won has become a source of advertisement for Dangote Cement and its products as people are now becoming more aware of these quality products.









“The prize has increased customers’ behavior in a positive way. The truth is that many people in our locality now have more confidence in us that we are selling high-quality cement products. The branded car has made customers to believe that we are not selling counterfeit re-bagged products because they have seen something to confirm that we are getting the product directly from the company’s factory. So, our sales volume has greatly improved in the past two years,” Boye added.


Apart from the car prizes, some other consumers especially those who won star prizes of a million naira each during the promo said they used the cash to expand their businesses.







Mr. Nsikan Emmanuel from Calabar, Cross River State who was one of the one million Naira prize winners said, “The Dangote Cement sales promotion was a nice technique that attracted consumers to purchase more of Dangote Cement, and they have thus continued to patronise the product. Dangote is the top cement company in Nigeria that produces quality cement at an affordable price.”


Another winner, Yahaya Isah Abdullahi from Kano State, said he used his million naira cash prize to expand his business. According to him, he now buys more bags of cement for sale rather than depend on credit grants from distributors. Abdullahi said he has more capital to run his business, all thanks to Dangote Cement and its promo.








For Mr. Edet Udeme of Delta State who also won one million naira, he said he used part of the money to expand his business and another part to purchase a motorcycle for customer contact and product distribution.


He said the motorcycle has enhanced his mobility and enabled him to reach out to more consumers of Dangote Cement products. “I want to thank Dangote Cement for impacting the lives of consumers through the cement promo. It will be good to see more of such promos in the future,” he said.








Speaking on the promos, Group Chief, Branding and Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Ltd, Mr. Anthony Chiejina explained that the company’s decision to launch the promos for the consumer aligns with its vision and mission to enhance the lives of the people by helping to provide their basic needs. “This strategy is in tandem with the quality of our exceptional products, in line with our brand promise”, he said.


According to Chiejina, “The timing of the promo, two years ago, was very strategic, as the world was feeling the pains of the COVID-19 pandemic and the management thought it was good to come to the aid of its loyal customers by rewarding them via the promo.








“When Dangote Cement came out with Bag of Goodies Season 2 themed Spell Dangote and Win a Million Naira promo in 2020, it had one thing in mind, which is to give back to the consumers of the product and impact as many lives as possible.


“Two years after the promo, the company can confidently attest to the fact that it has been able to contribute positively to the lives, wellbeing, and businesses of its consumers. The mega promo, which produced hundreds of winners across the country, assisted in mitigating the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumers and dealers of Dangote Cement,” Chiejina added.

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By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe




The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) is currently optimizing its payment procedures for utmost efficiency and taxpayers’ convenience.

The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Ayodele Subair, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the Agency, as part of its digitalization process, is discontinuing all previously used bill references effective from August 1st, 2022.






Consequently, according to the Chairman, only the Enterprise Tax Solutions (eTax), generated bill references will be acceptable for tax payments.

The eTax platform, ( which went live in October 2019, was launched by LIRS to engender seamless tax operations and reduce compliance costs to taxpayers. Since its launch, eTax has improved the effectiveness of tax administration in Lagos State.






Mr Subair added that the eTax was built as a one-stop shop for all tax transactions, and it is in the same spirit that the generation of bill references, required for all tax payments is now exclusive to the eTax platform.

He reiterated that by the cutoff date of August 1st, 2022, eTax would become the only authorized channel to generate bill reference for tax payments and other tax-related transactions in Lagos State.






To generate a bill reference on e-Tax, taxpayers can use the 5 easy steps below:

1. Visit

2. Input your Payer ID and password to log in

3. Select revenue type, and upload schedule (For PAYE & Withholding Taxes)

4. Generate a bill reference

5. Make a payment on any of the multiple channels available, using the generated bill reference.








For further assistance on eTax or other related enquiries, taxpayers are enjoined to call LIRS customer service hotline on 0700 2255 5477 or send email to

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Monsurat Amasa

Head, Corporate Communications


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Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain



Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain

Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe


Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain



B2B platforms like Alerzo are changing the Nigerian retail market narrative by presenting the attractive investment opportunities therein to the world.

The federal government recently revealed the improving impact of e-commerce on the country’s economy, saying the current e-commerce spending in Nigeria has grown to $13billion per annum and expected to reach $75billion in revenue per annum by 2025.





Expressing passion about the growing investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain, which are capable of contributing significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the federal government also said e-commerce grew in Nigeria from 14% in 2019 to 17% in 2020.

Alerzo’s technology-based market penetration helps in reaching people beyond the urban settlements to rural areas and giving them access to extensive catalogue of products, in addition to free delivery. The leading e-commerce platform also facilitates development and financial inclusion through digital payment platforms.










For instance, Alerzo, through AlerzoPay, is contributing to the development of dematerialized payment solutions which are key to the success of e-commerce and an important asset for Nigeria when it comes to development prospects.

By their business models, B2B e-commerce platforms are a chain of activities that open up economic opportunities such as job creation, financial inclusion and technology advancement, as Alerzo’s Chief Executive Officer, Adewale Opaleye, made known that Alerzo directly employs more than 3,000 people in its operational chain.










B2B e-commerce platforms also allow local retailers to improve their businesses and become profitable and thus enable them to hire more staff to support their production and/or distribution activities.

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