By Omobayo Azeez
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has celebrated its top performing Firstmonie agents across the country.
This is in recognition of the contribution of agents towards the bank’s resolve at promoting access to financial services to all Nigerians.
The event, with the theme, “Planting Community Heroes Nationwide,” was held in Lagos on Friday.
According to Adesola Adeduntan, the bank’s chief executive officer, there was need to appreciate the Firstmonie agents for their unwavering efforts and remarkable contributions to the bank’s quest to promote financial inclusion in the country.
He said: “Within the past two years we have been able to create not only 40,000 access points, but over 150,000 indirect jobs. We remain committed to doing more, strengthening business activities, driving economic growth and development; thereby reducing poverty.
“We would not rest on our laurels because without a doubt, every individual’s contribution to national growth and development, regardless of where they are, is indeed very important to us.”
Adeduntan explained that since its inception in 2017, the FirstBank Agent Banking scheme, popularly called Firstmonie, has recorded giant strides at promoting financial inclusion across the nook and cranny of the country.
“With almost 40,000 agents in 99 per cent of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, processing approximately one million transactions daily, First Bank of Nigeria Limited is leading the effort at supporting the Federal Government’s objectives to deepen access to financial services,” said Adeduntan
He said Firstmonie service is providing financial/banking solutions to rural and semi-urban locations across the country, such as account opening, cash deposit, cash withdrawals, airtime purchase, bill payments, BVN enrolment and much more.
Through this channel, he said, the bank is providing convenient services that endears trust and provides ease of access to banking products, thereby saving time and travel costs for users of our network.
During the award ceremony, the bank recognised top performing agents at national, regional, and state levels.