The bank, in a statement signed by Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications on Monday said the awards in various sectors showed its sustained relevance to customers.
She said the bank for the second time was named the winner of the ‘Digital Bank of Distinction in Nigeria’ for the same year by the globally recognised Global Finance Magazine for its prudent utilisation of slim budget to achieve sustainable profit optimisation.
“First Bank was reaffirmed ‘Best Retail Bank in Nigeria’, an award it had previously won five times in a row by the Asian Banker due to the robust portfolio and exceptional performance in Nigeria’s retail marketing.
“To reinforce its position as the number one Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) bank in Nigeria, the bank was acknowledged as the ‘Best Bank in SME Banking in Nigeria 2017 by BusinessDay Media Ltd. based on its support for SMEs.
“First Bank also won ‘Excellence in Retail Banking’ by New Age Banking Awards following its consistent demonstration of excellence in the Retail Banking industry,’’ she said.
Ani-Mumuney remarked that the awards reflect the bank’s commitment to deliver the ultimate gold standard of value and excellence to its customers.
She also said it was in recognition of FirstBank’s efforts in making banking services a continuous journey of ease and convenience.
“The bank was also recognised as the first financial institution in Nigeria and the second bank in Africa to issue 10 million payment cards to customers across the country.
“It won three Interswitch awards in Electronic Payment as the fastest mobile penetration bank across Africa, the highest card transacting bank and the highest issuer of Verve Cards,’’ she said. (NAN)