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By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Those interested in investing in Lagos State have been assured by the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, of a favorable business environment.
Mr Sanwo-Olu gave this assurance when the new state-of-the-art Ecobank Nigeria headquarters, the Ecobank Pan African Center (EPAC), on Victoria Island came on stream last week.
He said the state government is determined to continue attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) as it is one of the basic needs of the state and Nigeria in general.
The governor described the Ecobank building as a masterpiece, which he says has a strong connection that will improve the state’s Smart City project and modernize the metropolis’ infrastructure.
He commended the management of the Pan African Bank for the vision behind the project as it redefined the development of buildings and infrastructure in the state, stressing that the building meets various vital parameters such as the latest energy efficient technologies, sustainability. environment, sparkling atmosphere and state-of-the-art equipment that will further improve staff sustainability and service delivery.
He expressed his enthusiasm for the state-of-the-art facilities at the complex, noting that “This Pan-African center is indeed a smart building designed with energy efficiency and is one of the things we need in Nigeria.”
“I know this building will speak to a lot of the best. It is a state-of-the-art building with a focus on environmental sustainability and I’m sure from what I’ve seen around it’s a building that redefines and infrastructure development, ”he said. he adds.
Governor Sanwo-Olu added, “The Lagos State Government is pleased to let us know that we are building one of the bold and dynamic infrastructures in all of Africa.
“You know we are currently deploying over 3,000 km of fiber connectivity to support businesses that need low cost connectivity. We will continue to create a favorable environment for you.
While praising Ecobank’s management for their sustained bank achievements over the years, he urged them to continue to attract the underbanked to the banking space.
Welcoming the guests, Ecobank Nigeria President Ms Bola Adesola said the center is a dream come true, noting that it is a tribute to the vision of the founding fathers to create a pan-African banking group of world class and provide excellent financial services. across Africa.
She said the sparkling atmosphere center has state-of-the-art equipment, houses smart offices, a restaurant, a multi-purpose conference hall, a gym, a nursery, a parking lot that can accommodate 130 vehicles. both an experience and games center and a rooftop terrace, among others, indicating that it aims to further improve productivity and service delivery to customers.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI) Group, Mr. Ade Ayeyemi, said that EPAC is an important milestone as it consolidates the achievements of several years of the company.
According to him, “The office complex brings our staff together. It is a testament to the efforts of those who have gone before us. This allows us to create a new working environment where our staff can look after customers and our customers can do business in a smart working environment. We can have all of our staff in one place instead of spreading them across multiple sites. “
Speaking about the uniqueness of the Ecobank brand, Ecobank Nigeria Managing Director Mr. Patrick Akinwuntan said the vision of the founding founders was to build a Pan-African hub, noting that the bank is currently present in 35 African countries. .
According to him, “In Nigeria, we are a major player in the financial sector. Recall that we launched the first international credit card in the history of banking in Nigeria, the Ecobank Master card and the Visa card in 2004. We are also a pioneer in mobile banking services, * 326 # was one of the first approved mobile banking platforms.
“In this era of AFCTA, where Africa aims to operate as a single market, this pan-African center has opened its doors to all SMEs, individuals seeking to expand their activities across Africa.
“We are the go-to bank for trade, payment and collection in Africa because we have a pan-African switch to make instant payments across Africa. The way you see the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) transfer to Nigeria is how Ecobank is across Africa. Our mobile app is a bank with 33 countries. “