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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Etisalat, GTBank partner on GTEasySavers

Acclaimed most innovative and fastest growing telecommunications company in the country, Etisalat Nigeria and foremost bank, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc, have partnered to introduce GTEasySavers, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

Speaking at the launch at GTBank headquarters in Lagos, Managing Director, Mr. Segun Agbaje described GTEasySavers product as unique, expressing his excitement.

“Today is the first bank account you have to open without going into banking hall to accomplish. It took us two years to get this partnership off the ground,” he declared.

He also explained why GTEasySavers took almost 24 months to accomplish, saying its because of regulatory issues which both companies wanted to ensure compliance before commencement commercially.

Agbaje assured that GTEasySavers account operates like a regular bank account and is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s financial inclusion strategy for the country. Transaction limits on the account is pegged at CBN’s Tier 1 KYC status limits of N20,000 for single deposits and maximum cumulative of N200,000 account balance at any point in time.

On his part, the managing director, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Matthew Willsher said the launch is a great moment, adding they were driven by the passion exhibited by the two companies reputed for breakthroughs.

Stressing that Etisalat is going to continue this partnership, adding, “we believe there will be room for more partnership.”

He pointed out that this is a new chapter in the continuing growth of the banking industry made possible through GTEasySavers by GTBank and Etisalat Nigeria. 

“Enabling account opening via an Etisalat phone will make it more convenient for individuals to carry out transactions using the transformative power of the banking system. Etisalat currently has the highest quality network in Nigeria and our partnership with GTBank is designed to add value to the lives of our customers and make banking more accessible,” he said.

Etisalat, Willsher said, would continue to offer innovative products and services in fulfillment of the promise made to Nigerians over six years ago the telco commenced operations in the country.
“The partnership will also begin a journey for unbanked customers from our over 22 million subscriber base," he said.

Head, eBusiness at GTBank, Mr. Bolaji Lawal said that GTEasySavers is a savings account that is easy to open and operate, which has been designed to enable under-banked and unbanked individuals achieve their financial goals while operating a regular bank account via their mobile phones.

This strategic alliance, he said, would enhance the service delivery of both brands and offer customers unparalleled lifestyle and loyalty benefits.

For Director, Products at Etisalat, Mr. Lucas Dada, registered subscribers of Etisalat network could conveniently open a GTEasySavers account by simply dialing a USSD short code – “737*0#” via their mobile phones, and a ten digit GTBank account number is sent via SMS immediately. Funding of the account can be done by cash deposits at Etisalat Experience Centers and GTBank branches; electronic transfers from other bank accounts; Cash Deposit ATMs at GTBank branches and GT Express Agent locations.
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Pix: L-R:Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; Managing Director, Guarantee Trust Bank GTB , Segun Agbaje; and Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Angelone Francesco at the launch of “GTEasySavers”  powered by Etisalat and GTBank which held at Guarantee Trust Bank Headquarters on Tuesday, 26th May 2015

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