By Stephen Ubanna
Barely one month after the Kingsley Uzoka led Management of the United Bank For Africa plc, a pan African Bank, engaged the services of thousands of fresh graduates, promoted about 4,000 old Staff an increased salary by about 75 percent, the bank, appears to have moved a step further. This time around: to reward the loyal Customers who had maintained Account with the Bank over the Years. As a prelude to making the Customers understand that the bank cares for them, it has launched the ‘’Bumper Account Promo’’.
Under the Bumper Account Promo, the bank plans to reward 100 loyal Customers with N10 million this year. A breakdown shows that holders of the Account will win N2 million quarterly and an additional N100,000.00 monthly shopping allowance.
A Statement by the bank confirmed that the Bumper Account Promo Account holders have opportunity of winning prizes of up to N2 million quarterly this year. A top official of the pan African bank who spoke to The Value News disclosed that the’’ new account is in line with the bank’s mission of creating superior value for its stakeholders while encouraging saving cultures among Nigerians.
Jude Anele, the UBA, Group Head, Retail Banking, alluded that, the New Bumper Account’ was created with the customer in mind in order to improve their lives.
Anele , who could not hide his feelings at the launching of the new product noted that the bank in recent times, had ‘’deepened its focus on the most important aspect of the business of Financial Institutions the world over: the Customers being served. He disclosed that the bank huge investment in technology to make banking easier and seamless, with the introduction of the Bumper Account, is expected to deliver improved value to stakeholders.
Recall, that last year, the bank had developed the Africash for business transactions , which was quickly followed with the launching of UBA connect that enables the Customers of the bank to conduct traditional banking transactions at any of the bank locations within the 20 African countries where it operates. The Bank also operates I major financial markets of the United Kingdon, UK, United States, US, and France.
The good news is that the service , is available to both Customers and non-Customers of the bank alike and it is to encourage intra-Africa trade as Cash withdraw can be done in local currencies within the African Continent whicle deposits could also be made at any location regardless of where the Account is domiciled.
Ane, the UBA, Group Head , Retail Banking, was said to have told the new and existing customers of the bank that they need to have at least a minimum deposit of N5,000 in their UBA Bumper Account to qualify for the draws this year.
Appealing to the current UBA customers who need to transfer to the Bumper Account to dial *919*20*1#, noting that it is the only it could be done without experiencing problems. Also, he urged other potential customers of the bank who are interested the Bumper Account to dial *919*20# to perfect the Account.
The Bank was said to have developed the ‘’Wise Savers Promo’’ that made 80 loyal Customers instant millionaires in 2019 that the Promo was implemented to its logical Conclusion. It was therefore, not surprising that when the bank eventually launched the recent ‘’Bumper Account promo’’, which facilitated another round of Draws this 2020,that could help Customers winning various amount this year, many did not hesitate in showing interest rather than sitting on the border-line .
Eyewitness account confirmed that the Head office of the Bank on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, during the official launch, of the product and the first Draw, was swarming with Customers from the six geo-political regions . A total of 100 customers were said to have emerged winners, even as the Bumper to Bumper Crooner, Wande Coal, entertained the guests with his famous hit songs to the delight of participants.
The Value News reliably gathered that some customers who entered for the Draws had gone home with mouth watery sums of N100,000 each. Anele, the Group Head of the Banking retail services who could not hide his feelings over the successful outcome of the first draw of the Bumper Account Promo, disclosed that subsequent lucky customers will go home with, between N10,000 to N2 million each in the monthly, quarterly and other targeted draws,” for the year.
He may have gladdened the heart of Customers to improve on their saving habits when he said that another monthly shopping allowance of N100,000 for a year is also up for grabs.
An elated Anele further disclosed that “no fewer than 50 account holders will get a whopping N2 million each across the six geo-political regions: south east, south-south, south west, north central, north east and north west, of the Federation.
According to him, the Bumper account is open to all existing and new customers of the bank who save a minimum of N5,000.00”. Those who think that the promo, was initially a marketing gimmick were disappointed as they could not believe what they saw on ground at the Head office last Tuesday: large turn of Customers to participate in the Draw from different parts of the country.
Amos Wisdom, one of the winners could not hide his joy when he was given a cheque of n100,000.00, being the value of his prize.. “I am still very amazed. Before I came here, I had the conviction that I would win but I never knew it could be real, he reportedly said.
The joy in Wisdom ‘s face knows no bound as he repeatedly said, ‘’All my life, I have never won anything like this, and I am very happy that I won this time. Thank you so much UBA Management”.
He challenged the other big banks in the country, particular, Zenith, Access and GTB, to take a Cue from UBA, which has set the stage for others to follow in order to promote their banking business.