The football pitch at the Sports complex of the Yaba College of Technology has played host to several football matches, mostly between teams made up of college students and other youths who come to partake of the round leather game. However, on 12th August 2018, it played host to a different set of teams, made up of a different set of players. These lot seemed older and less athletic, but they were not any less passionate or excited about what they did. They weren’t too grim about it either. There was a lot of laughter in the air. Chit-chats flowed freely as participants and spectators laughed at and with themselves. There was also upbeat music, provided by one of Nigeria’s hottest rappers; Reminisce

L-R: John Obaro, Managing Director, SystemSpecs Ltd, owners Of Remita; Achenyo Obaro, Creativ eDirector, Mitimeth; Peter Rufai, Tournament Ambassador and Jimi Shogbesan, Chief Operating Officer, Media vision Limited at the opening ceremony of 2018 Remita Corporate Champions Cup helt on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 at Yabatech, Lagos.

These ‘footballers’ are corporate executives and the event is the Remita Corporate Champions Cup (RC3), a football tournament organized for staffs of corporate organizations in the country by Fintech giant and owners of Remita, SystemSpecs as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and also as a way of promoting Work-Life balance. We are living in a fast-changing world in where the nature and structure of work is continually evolving. In the post-industrial 21st century of today, earning a living is no more enough; job satisfaction is paramount. This is why a balance between work and life activities is important.

Today, the concept of work-life balance among employees constitutes a critical area of CSR. Work-life balance involves proper prioritizing of work and lifestyle to live a healthy and fulfilled life. It is important because unhappy, unhealthy and unsatisfied employees will lead to low productivity in companies. Work-life balance includes company activities, individual lifestyle choices, and CSR activities sponsored by other companies. Companies help facilitate work-life balance for their employees through programs and trainings. The activities involved are numerous and diverse, they include sports, exercises, meet-ups, get together, and indoor games. The Remita Corporate Champions Cup constitutes a very good example of work-life balance activity. It has shown that corporate employees can engage in other activities outside their work environment and it has revealed some hidden talents. It has also proved largely successful at improving intercorporate relationships and networking.

Now in its fourth year, the RC3 competition encourages professionals in the corporate world to maintain the all-important balance between work and life because it is vital to the continued progress of our country. The two-week tournament presents the staff and management of participating companies, a show that helps to lessen the intensity of corporate life, give them an avenue to blow out steam from the workplace and something to cheer about. Moreover, the tournament fosters the spirit of cooperation across brands.

Managing Director of SystemSpecs, John Obaro extolled the benefits of the Remita Cup, which is aimed at creating a work-life balance for employees of corporate organizations.

“With Remita Cup, Nigerian corporates are mixing business with leisure. It is that one time when professionals, their friends and family take work matters off their minds. We hope to engender greater collaborations across Corporate Nigeria and by that very token achieve more successes that would engender greater innovations for the overall advancement of our beloved country,” Obaro said during the press conference.

This year, the RC3 is bigger and better, with a new trophy as revealed by the organizing partner, Mediavision on 8th August at a press conference. The new silver-plated cup with gold embellishments is called the ‘Koenig Trophy’, meaning ‘A Trophy for Kings’. The trophy will be retrieved each season and exchanged for a permanent replica. To retain the real trophy, a team will need to win the Remita Cup for three consecutive times.

The first set of matches by the eight participating teams were played on Sunday, 12th August. FCMB, First Bank, Friesland Campina, and Leadway Assurance have qualified for the semi finals after beating their opponents.

The Remita app developed by SystemSpecs enables individuals to easily access their account balances and operate their accounts across all banks either directly or via their cards, settle various bills, request money, pay for others, split payments, manage their expenses, and so much more. Besides being an avenue for corporate executives to play and mingle, the Remita Cup is also serving as a platform for Remita’s current and prospective users to interact and connect with the brand and the company that produced it.
By Frank Tomori

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