As bank, Lagos City Marathon mourn Deji Tinubu
By Tunde Osho
A customer of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Tope Olaoluwa Johnson has emerged the winner of a Hyundai Accent car, in the final draw of a campaign that was initiated by Western Union, one of the global payment services providers in the country.
Johnson, who is an Abuja-based customer of the branch, was presented with the car at an event in Lagos at the weekend.
The promo, which started last year, saw the money transfer company giving out six cars to its customers in Nigeria as well as other consolation prizes such as shopping vouchers, throughout the duration of the exercise. Bukola Deborah, also a customer of the bank was one of the consolation prize winners.
The Head of Remittance at Access Bank Plc, Funmilayo Afolabi, commended Western Union for the initiative, while urging other Access Bank customers to take advantage of such promos when next it comes up.
“This promo is highly appreciated, and it is really an eye-opener, that when you reward people they will get encouraged and this will motivate other people to make sure such campaigns are going on, they participate.
“The promo is a partnership with Access Bank, in which Western Union ran a promo towards the end of last year where they had cars to be given out.
“This draw was done about two weeks ago and a customer of Access Bank emerged one of the winners.
“The promo was to encourage people to use Western Union Money Transfer to send money to their friends and relatives outside Nigeria. And this winner in Access Bank only sent N100, 000 to one of the African countries and he is our customers from Abuja.”
On his part, Johnson said: “Initially when they told me about it, I didn’t believe it. Access Bank really surprised me. I am proud of the bank.”
Meanwhile, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and President of Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, Evangelist Solomon Ogba, have described the death of Deji Tinubu, late Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Commerce and Industry, as shocking and devastating.
Tinubu, who passed away last Thursday after slumping during a football novelty match in Epe, Lagos state was, until his appointment as SA Commerce and Industry a few days ago, the Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on Sports and Chairman Lagos State Sports Commission, he was also the inaugural Chairman of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
In a statement by the Head, Communications and Media Olukayode Thomas, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Ogba said he is still in shock.
“I can’t believe it, this is too hard to take but God knows everything. He has gone to rest, we that he left behind must continue his good deeds and take life easy like Deji, he was a gentleman.”
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Project Consultant, Bukola Olopade also described the late Tinubu as an exemplary leader with a sound mind.
“Deji was a good and committed patriot who brought his passion to his job. He led by example and often made sacrifices to get the job done.” Olopade noted.
The General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, extolled the qualities of Tinubu who played a pivotal role in the successes recorded so far in the annual event.
Alli recalled how Tinubu worked tirelessly to ensure that Lagos made its mark on the world marathon map and he prayed for the repose of his soul.