Thursday, November 15, 2012

DIAMOND BANK WINS AWARD FOR BEST OIL AND GAS INVESTMENT COMPANY

Diamond Bank has once again confirmed its position as one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria by clinching the award of the Best Oil and Gas Investment Company in Africa by World Finance Magazine.
In a press release issued by the Head of Corporate Communications for Diamond, Mrs. Ayona Aguele-Trimnell, she said, “As a bank, we are honoured to receive this award as it further shows our commitment and support for the development and growth of the Oil and Gas Industry over the years. As one of the leading banks in Nigeria, Diamond is committed to working with industry leaders to ensure that the energy sector is developed rapidly by lending full financial support to this all-important sector.”
The prestigious award was presented to the bank at the World Finance Awards in London recently. Every year the World Finance Magazine recognizes industry leaders, individuals, exemplary teams and distinguished organizations, which it believes represent the benchmark of achievement and best practice in a variety of fields.
Diamond Bank, which recently unveiled its new identity and corporate logo, had after a critical overview of the Oil and Gas industry, taken strategic steps to strengthen its presence and relevance in the industry. The Bank’s Oil and Gas group was therefore restructured into four business lines -Oil and Gas Upstream, Oil and Gas Downstream, Maritime & Oil Services and Power; to enable the group put more focus on deepening and growing relationships with the major local and foreign operators in the industry 

The World Finance magazine is a London based journal that reports on banking, wealth management, investments and strategy. It has since 2007 celebrated the achievements, innovations and brilliance of various companies in its annual awards.

It will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan recently launched Orient Petroleum’s Anambra River Production Facility in Aguleri Otu. The facility, which is the first ever production facility of oil from an inland basin in Nigeria, has Diamond Bank as the lead financier.

“While we have been recognized as the market leader in the retail sector of the Nigerian Banking industry, this award has served to demonstrate our market leadership in the Oil and Gas sector as well. This is an important milestone in our effort to become the top full-service bank in Nigeria. We are not unaware however of the challenge that this award poses but are convinced that Diamond shall continually perform excellently to honour this”, concludes Mrs. Trimnell.

DIAMOND BANK WELCOMES THE REMOVAL OF ATM WITHDRAWAL FEES BY NIGERIAN BANKS

 Leading customer-centric bank, Diamond Bank PLC has described the decision of other commercial banks in Nigeria to remove the N100 ATM withdrawal fee as a welcome development. The bank further stated that such concessions would further strengthen the Central Bank’s Cashless Policy initiative.
 The Bankers’ Committee at its meeting which held on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 in Abuja agreed that it shall henceforth discontinue the deduction of the N100 fee on inter-bank ATM withdrawals hence saving billions of naira for the Nigerian banking public monthly.
 Commenting on the lifting of the ATM withdrawal fee by other commercial banks Head, Corporate Communications, Diamond Bank PLC, Mrs. Ayona Aguele-Trimnell stated: “We are glad that the Bankers’ Committee has decided to embrace this initiative which Diamond Bank spearheaded five months ago because we always believe that our customers’ interests should be put first.”
It will be recalled that in July 2012, Diamond Bank PLC announced the lifting of ATM withdrawal fees on transactions made at other banks’ ATMs nationwide, thus making it the first bank to offer its customers this unique service. Till date, the bank’s customers have continued to freely use their Diamond debit cards on any other bank’s ATMs hence saving the N100 they would have paid for each transaction.
“At Diamond, we pride ourselves with continually evolving ways of exceeding customer expectation and the decision to suspend the ATM withdrawal charge on transactions carried out on other bank’s ATMs as far back as July this year is a clear demonstration of this. With the adoption of this initiative by the rest of Nigerian banks we are convinced that it would help to usher in a season of better customer service in the industry. This adoption of this initiative also puts reiterates that we must continually innovate in a bid to raise the bar in customer service delivery and we are convinced that Diamond shall continue to take the lead in this respect,” concludes Mrs. Trimnell.
 Diamond Bank, which unveiled a new brand identity last week, boasts of a wide array of innovative products and services that sets the bank apart from industry players. The Diamond SavingsXtra Reward Scheme, for example, has turned out to be the longest running reward scheme in Nigeria with the launch of the fifth season of the scheme on September 2012. The Salary-4-Life segment of the scheme, sees lucky customers of the bank win N100,000 monthly for the next 20 years for maintaining a minimum of N5,000 in their Diamond SavingsXtra accounts. The bank also pioneered online real-time banking in 1992 with the introduction of DIBS, the Diamond Integrated Banking System, which enabled customers to conduct banking transactions online real-time from anywhere in Nigeria.
The bank has remained a leader in technological innovations and customer service since then.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIAMOND BANK SET TO UNVEIL NEW BRAND IDENTITY


Diamond Bank PLC is set to unveil a new corporate identity reflected in a new vibrant corporate logo.

Through a press release issued by the Head of Corporate Communications, Mrs. Ayona Aguele-Trimnell, the bank announced it had undertaken an overhauling of its brand assets in a bid to position itself as a major player in the Banking industry.

She stated that, “What we have done with our corporate identity is to refresh elements of our brand look and feel to identify with our growing customer base and usher in a period of renewed focus and commitment to our business. Our colours reflect the bright optimistic colours of the Diamond spectrum using green as a base colour with complimentary colours of red, orange and blue. For us, the green symbolizes growth, red stands for vibrancy, orange illustrates ‘passion’ of our people and the blue symbolizes our commitment to innovation in our products and services. These colours also bring us closer to our customers by making us more visible and accessible in the market place as the Bank consolidates its leadership in the retail banking segment.

With the new board of directors led by Dr. Alex Otti since March 2011, the bank announced to its shareholders at its Annual General Meeting in May 2012 that it seeks to be among the top banks in Nigeria in the next few years. The bank’s recent improved financial performance indicates that it is on course to deliver on this mandate.

“As the banking industry becomes more viable and competitive, Diamond Bank leverages over 20 years of stability and experience; coupled with innovation and good corporate governance, to aim for the lead position in the nation’s banking industry,” said Mrs. Aguele - Trimnell.

“Our new visual identity re-affirms our commitment to delivering improved profitability and growth for all stakeholders as well as providing our customers with innovative products and services to meet their banking needs. We are a bank that partners with our customers and support them in the achievement of their goals. Welcome to Diamond-Your Bank”, concludes the press release.