Photo caption: (front row – From left Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan; the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Adewale Martins; Chairman, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), Alain Nkontchou; Group Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Ade Ayeyemi; Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman, Ecobank Nigeria, Bola Adesola; Managing Director, Brittania- U Limited, Uju Ifejika; former chairman, Ecobank Nigeria, John Odeyemi, at the commissioning of Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) in Lagos.
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the new ultra-modern Ecobank Nigeria head office, the Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC), has a strong connection that will enhance the state’s Smart City Project and modernize infrastructure within the metropolis.
Speaking during the commissioning of the office complex in Lagos, the governor applauded the management for the vision behind the project which is now redefining building and infrastructure development in the state, stressing that it meets various vital parameters like the latest energy-efficient technology, environmental sustainability, sparkling ambience and state-of-the-art amenities that will further enhance staff sustainability and service delivery.
According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, “this Pan African centre is indeed an intelligent building designed with energy efficiency and is one of the things we need in Nigeria. I know that this building will speak to a lot of the very best. It is a state-of-the-art building focused on environmental sustainability and I am sure that from what I have seen around, it is a redefining building and infrastructural development.
“The government of Lagos state is happy to let us know that we are building one of the audacious and vibrant infrastructures in the whole of Africa. You know that we are currently deploying over 3000 km of fibre connectivity to support businesses that require low-cost connectivity. We will continue to create enabling environment for you,” he assured, urging them to continue to attract the underbanked to the banking space.
Welcoming guests earlier, Chairman, Ecobank Nigeria, Bola Adesola said the Centre is a dream come true, and a tribute to the vision of the founding fathers who sought to create a world-class Pan-African banking group and provide excellent financial services across Africa.
She said the centre with sparkling ambience, boasts of state-of-the-art amenities, houses smart offices, a restaurant, multipurpose conference hall, gym, creche, parking lot that can accommodate 130 vehicles at a time, experience and game centre and a rooftop terrace, among others, stating it is targeted to further enhance productivity and service delivery to customers.
Also speaking, Group Chief Executive, ETI, Ade Ayeyemi said EPAC is an important milestone that consolidates achievements of several years of the company, bringing staff together.
“It is a testament to the effort of the people that has come before us. It allows us to be able to create a new working environment where our staff can attend to customers and our customers can do business in the smart working environment. We can bring all our staff to one location instead of distributing them across multiple locations,” he added.
Talking about the uniqueness of the Ecobank brand, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan said the vision of the founding founders was to build a pan African centre, a feat that has achieved with the bank presently in 35 countries of Africa.
According to him, “In Nigeria, we are a major player in the financial industry. Recall we launched the first international credit card in the history of banking in Nigeria, the Ecobank Master card and Visa card in 2004. We are also a pioneer in mobile banking, *326# was one of the first mobile banking platforms approved.
“This pan African centre has opened its doors to every SMEs, individuals seeking to expand their business across Africa. We are the go-to bank for trade, payment, and collection in Africa because we have one pan African switch to make instant payment across Africa. The way you see Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) transfer within Nigeria, is the way Ecobank is across Africa. Our mobile app is one bank that has 33 countries on it,” he stated.