Zenith Bank supports Abule-Ado victims, partners MTN as it launches mobile payment *5966# code

After a successful Annual General Meeting, AGM, in Abuja, where shareholders smiled home with over  N87.9 billion Dividend Payout, Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading financial institution, has again, donated N100 million to the Emergency Relief Fund set up by the Lagos State Government for the victims of the Abulo-Ado explosion.

The Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu made the pledge on March 18, 2020, when the Management of the Bank visited the State Governor, Mr. BabajideSanwo-Olu, at the State House, Marina, Lagos to condone with him and the good people of Lagos State on the unfortunate incident of March 15, 2020 which led to the loss of lives and properties at the Abule-Ado area in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking during the visit, Mr. Onyeagwu said: “For us in Zenith, we share in the concerns and the very traumatic experience that Lagos state is passing through. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, those who lost their lives and those who are still in the hospitals, recovering. We can only but pray that God will comfort the families. We are also very impressed with the fact that the response from the Lagos State Government was quick, rapid and immediate. There is nothing you can do to quantify the loss of lives. The only thing one can do is to ameliorate the sufferings, the pains and the discomfort of those who have been terribly impacted. So, we would like to let Mr. Governor know that we share with him at this moment. We are aware that you’ve also set up a relief fund account and we are willing to make an immediate contribution of N100 million”.

Executive Director, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Henry Oroh; Group Managing Director/Chief Executive, Zenith Bank, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Director, Zenith Bank, Dr. Temitope Fasoranti; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadiri Hamzat; and Executive Director, Zenith Bank, Mr. Dennis Olisa during the visit by the Executive Management of the Bank to condole with the State Governor on the Abule Ado explosion at the State House, Marina, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

On his part, the Lagos State Governor expressed his sincere appreciation to the Management of the Bank for taking time out of their busy schedule to embark on the sober visit and stand with the State Government in this trying moment. While thanking the bank for the N100 million donation to the emergency relief fund set up by the State Government for victims of the explosion, he also expressed his delight at the bank’s acceptance of the offer to co-house the fund.

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had, on March, while speaking with stakeholders and journalists at the explosion site, disclosed that a N2 billion Abule Ado/Soba Emergency Relief Fund had been set up for the victims. He said the state government have donated N250 million to the fund and solicited for support from all Nigerians including the private sector.

Prudential Zenith Life Insurance Mobile Payments *5966# USSD Code

However, flowing from that line of care for citizens across board through its various Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, initiatives,  Prudential Zenith Life Insurance, the insurance arm of the Zenith Group,  has launched a payment service which allows mobile phone customers in Nigeria to buy protection policies wherever they are.

Customers who dial *5966#  on their mobile phones will be able to purchase a life insurance or hospital cash plan policy in a matter of minutes.

Speaking at the launch of the product at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Chairman of Prudential Zenith Life, Mr. Jim Ovia (CON), said “We are pleased to announce this exciting and innovative initiative that will democratize access to insurance for all Nigerians. We are strongly committed to deepening financial inclusion”.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Africa, Matt Lilley said:“We launched Prudential Zenith Life in 2017 to help minimize uncertainty from the lives of Nigerians. I believe that this service will make it easier for people to access life insurance cover that gives them and their families financial peace of mind, if an accident or the worst were to happen.”


Mr. Jim Ovia, CON, Chairman, Prudential Zenith Life (5th Left) flanked by Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka, GM, Enterprise Marketing, MTN Nigeria (1st Left); Ajibola Olabisi Bankole, Deputy Director (Inspectorate), NAICOM (2nd Left); Mazen Mroue, Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria (3rd Left); Lynda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, MTN Nigeria (4th Left); Alhaji Mohammed C. Babajika, Director, Licensing and Authorization, NCC (5th Right); Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos (4th Right); Kehinde Borisade, CEO, Zenith General Insurance (3rd Right); Chuks Igumbor, MD, Prudential Zenith life Insurance (2nd Right); and Olubayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria (1st Right) at the launch of the Prudential Zenith Life Mobile Payment Service in Lagos on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Research shows that Nigerians are significantly underinsured despite the adoption of mobile phones for insurance purchase in several parts of the world. Only one per cent of Nigerians have insurance whilst more than 95 per cent of the population have mobile phones. Prudential Zenith Life seeks to increase the number of families that have financial protection by making it convenient to purchase insurance on their mobile phones.

Prudential Zenith Life Insurance Limited is part of Prudential Plc, one of the oldest and most strongly capitalised life insurance companies in the world. It provides a range of insurance and investment-linked savings products designed to suit corporate and individual customers’ budgets.

Prudential Zenith Life seeks to remove uncertainty from life’s big events, providing customers with the freedom to confront the future with greater confidence. It is equally committed to meeting the long-term savings and protection needs of families and businesses in Nigeria. Whether someone is starting a family, saving for a child’s education or planning for old age, Prudential Zenith Life provides customers with financial peace of mind.

………… Partners MTN on First Ever Mobile Insurance Service in Nigeria

Also, Zenith General Insurance Company Limited (commonly known as Zenith Insurance) has, in a trailblazing move, has partnered

 telecommunications giant – MTN Nigeria to provide the first ever mobile insurance service in Nigeria.

Using the USSD code *5966#, customers can now buy Third Party Motor Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance on the go, on their mobile phones, whether or not they have access to the internet. It is the dawn of a new era in the Nigerian insurance industry, and Zenith Insurance is at the forefront.

Speaking at the launch of the product at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria,MazenMroue,said: “Financial Inclusion is imperative for economic development and access to insurance is a key component of this. MTN is glad to be the enabling platform for the delivery of digital insurance through mobile phones. We congratulate, Zenith General Insurance and Prudential Zenith Life Insurance for courageously blazing a trail.” 

According to KehindeBorisade, Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Insurance, “There are a lot of misconceptions around the concept of Insurance especially in developing nations such as ours. We at Zenith Insurance are committed to dispelling those notions of insurance being an abstract concept sold by weary old men in dusty shoes, who are nowhere to be found, the minute you have a claim. We are bringing Insurance to the fingertips of the ordinary Nigerian who is looking for convenience in his day to day dealings, as well as speed in service delivery. The USSD platform is something that anyone, anywhere, as long as they have a mobile phone can have access to. You don’t even need to have a data plan.”

Presently, customers have the opportunity to purchase mandatory Third-Party Motor Insurance- to cover against damages to othermotorists and their vehiclesand Personal Accident Insurance- a policy that provides purchasers and their loved ones with the assurance that should they suffer any injury that results in disablement or death, they will be compensated financially for treatment, hospitalization, time out of work or permanent disability. Within two minutes, anyone anywhere in Nigeria can have an Insurance policy.

This novel development will revolutionise the way insurance works in Nigeria. Life just got better, Insurance just got better. Welcome to the EazyLife!

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