Heritage Bank plans listing in capital market; Pledges more innovations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heritage Bank is planning to list its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in the next two years.

The bank’s Executive Director, Ivory Banking, Mrs. Mary Akpobome disclosed this in Lagos at the grand finale of the 2014 edition of Ikoyi club’s annual tennis grand slam competition sponsored by the bank.

According to her, the bank is planning to list its shares on the stock exchange as soon as it becomes a national bank.

She said, For now, we are a regional bank. But, in the next two years, judging from the advances we are currently making and the solid plans we have put in place, we should be listed on the stock exchange.

Assessing the bank’s performance in its almost one year of operation, she said, The market has received us much better than we expected, considering the time we came into the market. But I guess it is not surprising because of the quality of people we have and the level of their experience. I can proudly say that we have done extremely well since we came on board.

Akpobome, who said that the bank currently has over 11,000 customers, lauded the immense public goodwill the bank has enjoyed since its market entrance in 2013.

According to her, We are happy that our projections as a new entity have been met. We planned to attain certain goals in five years, but already, we have achieved them in less than the first year of our existence. That speaks a lot about the passion of people the bank was able to put in place.

She pledged the bank’s continued commitment to customer-centric innovations. Ours is a bank that is truly set up to understand the customers. So, the driving force behind our business is commitment to excellent service delivery. Today, we are the only bank that has absolute zero Commission On Turnover (COT). We don’t charge COT on any of our product whether you are borrowing from us or keeping money with us. Going forward, we are absolutely committed to pioneering other innovations in the areas of service delivery and consumer delight, she added.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

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Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications