…as Oba Ogunrobi lauds initiative
An ex-staff of defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Bello Sarafa, has emerged a new millionaire in the on-going Skye Bank ‘Reach for the Skye Millionaire Reward’ draw which took place at Iyana Ipaja bus stop, Lagos at the weekend.
The open air draw was attended by different dignitaries and financial stakeholders who applauded the bank for its commendable and transparent efforts in encouraging savings culture in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the bank, traders, artisans, businessmen, transporters and women in Iyana Ipaja all trooped out to participate in the electronic draw which saw Bello Sarafa, a retiree that has banked with Skye Bank for over 12 years with Sango Otta branch of the bank, emerged as millionaire; while over 20 other customers also won cash and gift prizes.
Expressing his delight after the winners’ cheque presentation, Oba Babatunde Akanbi Ogunrobi, the Ariwajoye/Akinlowo 1 of Shasha Kingdom thanked Skye bank for rewarding customers who chose to bank open and operate accounts with the bank. He said that, Skye Bank reward promo will go a long way in changing lives across the nation”. He further stated that, “having a savings culture cannot be underestimated”.
Bello, who was excited and full of gratitude to the bank when he was named the millionaire, could not hold back his joy.
He enthused: “Sincerely, what has happened to me is a pleasant grace of God. I was deliberating on how to utilize the N200 cash on me for lunch that afternoon when I received the good news. I had N2,300 initially in my account and just 4 days back someone I worked for paid N8,000 he owed me which I promptly asked one of my apprentices to go and pay into my account as a buffer for the family, especially my kids who are on holiday.
“I could not sleep throughout the night because of the news. I woke up as early as 3am this morning preparing to come to the palace for the cheque presentation ceremony. I thank Skye Bank and also use this opportunity to inform Nigerians that this is for real. To those yet to come on board; this is a great opportunity to save and who knows you could be the next lucky winner.”, Bello added.
Ten customers won the sum of N100,000 and N50,000 respectively; while 20 other customers won N20,000 each. Also, gift items such as table top fridge, generator, table top gas cookers, mobile phones, blenders, recharge cards and table top gas cooker were also presented to other winners as consolation prizes.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Skye Bank, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to continuously reward its new and existing customers that have imbibed the culture of savings despite these austere times.
Abiru said: “We are very happy that this draw at Iyana Ipaja, is taking place at the Christmas season. Our aim is to make it a good Christmas for our customers. Consequently, we are using this medium to encourage all our customers to continue to save with us, and more importantly to build up their balances to about N10,000.00 to qualify for the draw and win any of our cash prizes with the star prize being N1m. So far, we have given out prizes worth almost N100m since the beginning of our campaign torching the lives of our customers.”
The Skye Bank boss was ably represented by the head, Strategic Brand Management, Nduneche Ezurike.
A representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mr. Afam Orji, extolled the contribution that Skye Bank was making to enhance the lives of her customers.
“I am here to ensure that there is transparency in the lottery; just as the bank has had successful lotteries in the past. Skye Bank has always lived up to expectation and customers are safe to bank with Skye as every winner will get their gift items”, Orji said.
Since it started, the Reach for the Skye Millionaire Reward promo has produced over 37 millionaires. Forty eight customers have won N250,000 while over a 120 customers won N100,000 each, plus other household consolation prizes.