BY BAMIDELE FAMOOFO
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has unveiled Optimus Bank, the latest addition to Nigeria’s financial space in grand style, pomp and pageantry.
The governor, in his speech, emphasised the bank’s potential to further drive economic growth and stability in Lagos State.
“Optimus Bank will not only play a crucial role in the banking sector and the established organisations but also in start-ups and SMEs. They are set to lift the people out of poverty,” he said.
The governor also praised Optimus Bank for employing cutting-edge technology and innovative practices, which aligns with the state’s push for technological advancement and financial modernization.
The governor further commended the commitment of Optimus Bank towards being customer-centric noting that the bank had the interest of its customers at heart and was ready to journey with each customer individually.
He said Optimus Bank service would take personal banking to another level and that the Bank was willing to collaborate with, not just the Lagos State Government in every sector, but also with Nigeria in financial transactions.
He acknowledged that Optimus Bank “is People-centric and consumer-focused” and implored Nigerians to “explore the services and encourage Optimus Bank with the changes it will bring.”
The governor further assured Optimus Bank of the support of the Lagos State Government and promised to continually improve the business environment where safety of lives and property is a priority.
In the same vein, the Managing Director of Optimus Bank, Ademola Odeyemi noted that Optimus Bank was a “beacon of hope” and “a catalyst for new opportunities.”
He said, “We are committed to empowering individuals and enterprises and to being a positive force in the society. Customer obsession is the core of our existence. At Optimus Bank we embrace innovation and we assure our customers of our support through every stage of their journey.”
Speaking on the unique strength of Optimus Bank and how it plans to leverage its strength to help the bank succeed in the coming years despite the tough competition in the banking space, Odeyemi said, “The banks in the sector today also started at a time just like Optimus bank and we are not intimidated by their height. On our strength, we have the right people and we have the right technology. We have the right product for everyone, from children down to people in their seventies. We have for people in Diaspora. We have all sorts of products designed to meet the needs of people. We have young people who are seasoned professionals who understand the language.”
Odeyemi added that Optimus Bank had invested heavily in technology and cyber security and was ready to protect the interest of its customers.
He stressed that the strategic ambition of Optimus Bank was to play a critical role in financial inclusion.
He mentioned further that this would be done by pioneering digital solutions, empowering businesses, making use of agent banking service to reach their customers and seeing to the growth of their staff.
Also speaking at the opening, the Executive director of Optimus Bank, Yewande Ige encouraged Nigerians to give the bank a trial and “discover the benefits loaded in Optimus Bank for customers of every age group, including the young people.”