Ecobank Nigeria has unveiled a Maritime Centre in Apapa designed to provide customized banking services to its maritime customers.
The centre, which is located on Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos is specifically created to handle financing to the maritime sector.
Unveiling the branch, Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria, Mr. Jibril Aku said the Ecobank Maritime Centre will aid the provision of value added services to the bank’s customers in the maritime sector.
Specifically, Jibril Aku noted that the Maritime Centre has a dedicated Collections and Payment Desk for maritime businesses. “Corporate customers, Shipping agents, and general public would be able to make payments for their transactions in the comfortable lounges at the Centre”.
The Centre will also undertake project financing and provision of working capital in the form of short/medium term overdrafts facilities; invoice discounting for maritime practitioners, shipping companies and vessel owners amongst other business activities.
The choice of Apapa for a maritime branch, the Managing Director said, was informed by the fact that Apapa is the hub of all maritime activities in Nigeria and indeed, West Africa, as it is home to the Tin Can and Apapa Ports, and to a good number of shipping companies as well as clearing and freight forwarding firms and allied businesses. The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), which regulates all maritime sector activities, is also based in Apapa.
The Ecobank Maritime Centre is manned by dedicated and skilled maritime sector specialists versed in offering advisory and support services to individuals and corporations engaged in maritime business.