Ecobank engages Nigerian Diaspora in Sierra Leone to boost business collaboration

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Ecobank officials and NIDO members at the ceremony

By Alhaji Haruna Sani

On Saturday, June 29, Ecobank in Sierra Leone held a town hall meeting with the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) Sierra Leone Chapter at the Freetown City Council hall.

The event aimed to showcase Ecobank’s products and services, adding value to Nigerian businesses and fostering mutual understanding.

In his welcome remarks, Ecobank Executive Director Winston Williams emphasized the importance of forging alliances to promote economic growth and highlighted the historical ties between Nigeria and Sierra Leone. “There is a very good history between Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and we must continue to build on those strong foundations to promote economic growth,” Williams stated.

Head of Consumer Products, Kingsley Emezue, presented Ecobank’s offerings. “Our prepaid cards offer reduced fraud exposure and high spending limits, while our Rapid Transfer platform ensures seamless fund transfer within 33 African countries,” he explained. Emezue also highlighted the benefits of high-interest savings accounts, competitive remittance rates, and the convenience of the Mobile App, which allows users to manage their finances anytime, anywhere.

Victor Williams, Head of Commercial Banking, discussed digital products and services tailored for Sierra Leone enterprises. He informed the gathering that Ecobank provides instant onboarding, larger limits, and subscription capabilities to support local businesses.

Williams further highlighted Ecobank’s special financing programs for women-led businesses, stating that the bank focuses on providing flexible and affordable financing options to empower entrepreneurs.

Head of Transaction Service Group, Lenard Taylor-Pearce, spoke about Ecobank’s electronic payment solutions, which offer business convenience, real-time notifications and fast settlements. Taylor-Pearce highlighted the bank’s advanced payment technologies, including QR Code payments, contactless point-of-sale machines, and E-Commerce solutions.

He said the bank aims to provide secure and efficient payment systems to support business growth and development. He added that the meeting is historic and a testament to Ecobank’s dedication to fostering business growth within the Nigerian community in Sierra Leone.

Mike Momoh, NIDO Acting President, expressed gratitude for Ecobank’s commitment to fostering business growth within the Nigerian community in Sierra Leone.

He emphasized the importance of collaboration for mutual benefits and cautioned that proper management is crucial for the initiative’s success. Momoh assured that NIDO would ensure the partnership is managed effectively to achieve their shared goals.

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