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Wakanow collaborates with Dana Airlines as a strategic distribution partner to provide real time access for Flight bookings

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Wakanow collaborates with Dana Airlines as a strategic distribution partner to provide real time access for Flight bookings

 

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

 

Press Release: Press Release: Wakanow collaborates with Dana Airlines as a strategic distribution partner to provide real time access for Flight bookings

L-R (0S8A5824) – Head, Marketing and Communications, Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa; Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) of Dana Air, Sukhjinder Mann; Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Wakanow, Mrs. Adenike Macaulay and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wakanow, Mr. Adebayo Adedeji during the courtesy visit of the Wakanow team to Dana Air to commence the partnership of both organizations at Dana Air office at MMA2 on Friday

 

13th June 2022, Lagos, Nigeria: Wakanow, Africa’s leading travel tech company, has collaborated with Dana Airlines, a fully private sector-owned carrier in Nigeria, it is expected that Wakanow will deliver real-time inventory and continuous flight schedules 24/7. By virtue of this partnership, Wakanow is the only official online travel agency with Dana Airlines Nigeria’s Live Inventory bookable in real-time thus enabling the delivery of a seamless booking experience for Wakanow customers and Dana Airlines passengers to provide global standard in customer experience to the teeming customers of the airline.

 

 

 

In his speech at the commencement of this partnership, Mr. Adebayo Adedeji, CEO of Wakanow, said, “Wakanow is expected to bring in another differentiator to the Nigerian travel industry as we begin this collaboration with Dana Airlines. With this partnership, we are poised to change the face of domestic travel for Nigerian travellers and other tourists from across the world. We would bring our topnotch expertise to bear so that this collaboration will be a case study across the aviation industry.”

According to him, “The aviation industry is undergoing changes that will delight travelers and will bring a boost to the quality of service provided to the travellers. With Wakanow, Nigerians will continue to have bespoke services and superior customer experience across all our touchpoints for Dana Airlines.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In her words, the Chief Commercial Officer of Wakanow, Mrs. Adenike Macaulay said, “This integration with DANA Airlines will unlock an expanded domestic inventory selection for our customers making Wakanow the one stop shop for domestic travel bookings in Nigeria. Our expertise in the travel industry will be brought to the fore in exceeding customers’ experience with Dana Airlines bookings. She noted, “Our workforce is ready to support Dana Airlines in surpassing customers’ expectations.”

 

According to the DCEO of Dana Air, Sukhjinder Mann, Dana Air is a leading brand in the aviation industry and we are committed to partnerships that will be beneficial not just to the industry but to our teeming guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our collaboration with Wakanow is to create seamless, real-time booking options for our guests across the world and there are a lot of these partnerships in the works as part of efforts to continue to exceed the flying aspirations of our guests with improved customer experience.”

Wakanow has become renowned for her support to local and international airlines and enhancing the Nigerian aviation industry with distinct products and services. The travel tech company is built to cater to all the travel needs of travel enthusiasts from flights, hotels, holiday experiences, visa processing, COVID-19 tests, among other offerings for Nigerian travellers. As an indigenous African travel industry leader, Wakanow was a part of the 10th Aviation Stakeholders Convention that took place in Nairobi, Kenya recently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Wakanow.com
Wakanow is Africa’s foremost travel tech agency and offers the best travel deals and experiences. Wakanow is built to cater for all of the travel needs of travel enthusiasts from flights, hotels, holiday experiences, visa processing, COVID-19 tests, among other offerings.
Wakanow’s central focus is its customers and every product and package is created with that at the forefront. With an increasing presence across Africa, Wakanow is poised to ensure that Africans have the best travel experiences and also be at the forefront of showcasing the African beauty, heritage and culture to the rest of the world.

You can access and book amazing flight deals by visiting www.wakanow.com

 

 

About Dana Airlines
The Dana Airlines Limited operating as Dana Air is a fully private sector-owned carrier. The airline commenced flight operations on 10 November 2008 and has since its inauguration progressively developed a route network bringing convenience and choice to the flying public.

 

 

Committed to improving the well-being of customers in all product offerings, Dana Air is focused on bringing to Nigerians, an aviation service that combines the best elements of legacy carriers – world-class safety and quality on-board services coupled with the latest technology (online services) and operational efficiency of new-age carriers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With superior performance, service, and creativity, Dana Air is uncompromising in its commitment to excellence and safety as it is currently the only Nigerian carrier to have successfully undergone an operational audit conducted by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority Flight Safety Group in partnership with their foreign counterparts.

 

 

 

Dana Air is resolute in adhering to globally recognized safety standards and it is consistently reviewing its products and services to offer better solutions aimed at passengers’ comfort, safety as well as striving to build long-lasting relationships.
From its hub at the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2), Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airline with a varied fleet of 9 aircraft and daily flights from LAGOS to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Enugu.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the scheduled flight operations, Dana Air also offers Executive Charter Services
For more information about Dana Airlines, please visit https://flydanaair.com/

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Abounding investment opportunities in the e-commerce value chain

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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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VAT Row: Court of Appeal Rules In Favor of FIRS

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VAT Row: Court of Appeal Rules In Favor of FIRS

VAT Row: Court of Appeal Rules In Favor of FIRS

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

 

VAT Row: Court of Appeal Rules In Favor of FIRS

 

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Lagos on Friday has upheld the appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), against the Lagos Hotel Owners Association of Nigeria.

The Court of Appeal set aside the Federal High Court judgment in favor of the Association.

 

 

 

 

 

In 2019, the Association had gotten a judgment from the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, whereby the court had invalidated the powers of the FIRS to collect VAT from the members of the Association.

The FIRS thereafter appealed the judgment at the Court of Appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Court of Appeal also struck out the Counter claim of the Lagos State Government against FIRS. Yesterday’s judgment has therefore affirmed the authority of FIRS to collect VAT from all taxpayers.

Details later …

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FIRSTBANK LAUNCHES SINGLE-DIGIT LOAN FOR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES, REINFORCES ITS ROLE IN STRENGTHENING GENDER INCLUSION IN NIGERIA

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FIRSTBANK LAUNCHES SINGLE-DIGIT LOAN FOR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES, REINFORCES ITS ROLE IN STRENGTHENING GENDER INCLUSION IN NIGERIA

FIRSTBANK LAUNCHES SINGLE-DIGIT LOAN FOR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES, REINFORCES ITS ROLE IN STRENGTHENING GENDER INCLUSION IN NIGERIA

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

FIRSTBANK LAUNCHES SINGLE-DIGIT LOAN FOR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES, REINFORCES ITS ROLE IN STRENGTHENING GENDER INCLUSION IN NIGERIA

 

 

 

 

The FirstGem fund (FirstGem loan) is a single-digit loan scheme, exclusively designed to put women at an advantage in contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.

The loan scheme covers female-owned or partnered SMEs in various sectors of the economy Launched in 2016, FirstGem has been impactful in driving financial inclusion, influencing women’s empowerment through gender-advancement programmes like savings culture, financial literacy, wealth management and building an investment portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

In furtherance of its role in promoting female entrepreneurship across the country, Nigeria’s premier banking institution and leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced the launch of the FirstGem fund (FirstGem loan); a single-digit loan scheme, exclusively designed to put women at an advantage in contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.

 

The FirstGem loan scheme is designed for female-owned or partnered SMEs in the following sectors Food/Beverage processing & Packaging, Beauty and cosmetics, Confectionaries, Catering & Restaurants, Transportation (Logistics) and Agric/Agro-Allied (retail value chain). With an interest rate of 9% per annum, FirstGem loan is a collateral-free loan that is available to the bank’s existing and prospective female customers. Based on eligibility, customers can access loans from N500,000.00 to N3,000,000.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To access the loan, Female owned or partnered SMEs can visit the Bank’s website – https://www.firstbanknigeria.com/personal/loans/more-financing-options/firstgem-funds/ – to download and fill out the Retail Loan Application Form. The completely filled form should be submitted to the nearest FirstBank branch with accompanying documents.

 

Speaking on the loan Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said, “we are delighted with the role our FirstGem product plays in creating an avenue to enlarge the business activities and endeavours of female entrepreneurs across the country. Our FirstGem value proposition offers real solutions to constraints encountered by female entrepreneurs and working professionals, as it exposes women to opportunities for the advancement of their business. We implore every female business-minded individual to take advantage of the FirstGem loan as it puts them at an advantage to contribute their quota to the national economy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launched in 2016, FirstGem has been impactful in driving financial inclusion, influencing women’s empowerment through gender-advancement programmes like savings culture, financial literacy, wealth management and building an investment portfolio. FirstGem is designed specifically to meet the needs of the female gender, aged 18 years and above.

 

FirstGem is targeted at a broad spectrum of women, working professionals, entrepreneurs or market women through an array of benefits such as free business advisory services, access to finance, specialized training on business development initiatives (virtual and physicalevents), regular insights on business / investment opportunities. and mouth-watering discounts at partner merchant outlets (spas, salons, grocery stores) offering lifestyle products and services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, FirstBank announced its partnership with CDC Group, the UK Government’s development finance organisation to economically empower women-owned and led businesses as well as local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. The facility, which is in the sum of US$100 million will have a minimum of 30% allocated in the form of credit lines to women entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

 

 

About FirstBank

First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) is the premier Bank in West Africa and the leading financial inclusion services provider in Nigeria for over 128 years.

With over 750 business locations and over 150,000 Banking Agents spread across 99% of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, FirstBank provides a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services to serve its over 30 million customers. The Bank has an international presence through its subsidiaries, FBNBank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank in the Republic of Congo, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Senegal, as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bank has been handy at promoting digital payment in the country and has issued over 10million cards, the first bank to achieve such a milestone in the country. FirstBank’s cashless transaction drive extends to having more than 10million people on its USSD Quick Banking service through the nationally renowned *894# Banking code and over 4.5 million people on FirstMobile platform.

Since its establishment in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FirstBank has been named “Most Valuable Bank Brand in Nigeria” six times in a row (2011 – 2016) by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” for seven consecutive years (2011 – 2017) by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards and “Best Bank in Nigeria” by Global Finance for 15 years. Our brand purpose is always to put customers, partners and stakeholders at the heart of our business, even as we standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across sub-Saharan Africa, in consonance with our brand vision “To be the partner of the first choice in building your future”. Our brand promise is always to deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on our inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position You First in every respect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folake Ani-Mumuney

Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications

First Bank of Nigeria Limited

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