BY PETER EGWUATU
Nigeria’s foremost financial institution, First Bank of Nigeria Plc has said it would facilitate cashless transactions and provide platforms for various financial transactions during the London 2012 Olympic Games through its alternative banking channels.
Speaking at the Bank’s unveiling as Official Banker to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Folake Ani-Mumuney, Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, said FirstBank would be offering seamless Internet banking services and mobile money services with its FirstMobile and FirstOnline solutions, among others, to members of the Team Nigeria, customers, tourists, and Nigerians in the Diaspora during the games.
“With FirstBank, there are no banking borders; we offer sundry strategic platforms for our customers to transact their businesses from any part of the globe. The Bank’s array of cards which are accepted worldwide, will also enable different transactions across multiple channels including Automated Teller Machines, Point of Sale terminals and the Web during the event,” she said.
According to Ani-Mumuney, FirstBank’s involvement as “Official Banker to NOC” represents the Bank’s endorsement of the values of respect, friendship, and excellence espoused by the Olympic Movement.
“First Bank and the Olympic Movement share a rich pedigree of being organisations that have been promoting excellence, social responsibility and respect for globally acclaimed ethical principles for over 100 years of existence. The Olympic Movement also promotes the cause of sports practised without discrimination.
“FirstBank’s stance against discrimination is evident in our policy on equality in the workplace, superior service delivery to all classes of customers, and provision of alternative channels to ensure financial inclusion the unbanked and under-banked in Nigeria,” she added.
The Bank’s Spokesperson said the Olympic symbol of five interlaced rings, which represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world, is one of the most profound emblems in the world.
“Our various CSR interventions in sports are borne out of our conviction that sports are a vehicle for promoting unity, youth empowerment and excellence. For a period of one month some 4 billion people across the world would through various media channels witness unusual display of determination, excellence, friendship, respect and courage by the world’s best athletes.
“These are values that FirstBank subscribe to; they are the very foundation for our success story after 117 years and the motivation to remain the best through continuing transformation,” she added.
Commending FirstBank for supporting the NOC’s quest to ensure Nigeria excels at the London 2012 Games, President, Nigeria Olympic Committee; Engineer Sani Ndanusa said the partnership with FirstBank would provide a unique platform for Nigeria to reinstate its position as a leading sporting nation in Africa.