|GTBank MD, Mr Omotoso, presenting prize to one of the lucky winners|
Guaranty Trust Bank (Gambia) on Thursday held its first raffle draw to rewards customers with Visa Card who spent at least D50, 000 in a month.
“This is the first draw in this promotion,” the new managing director of GTBank, Femi Omotoso, said during the draw held at the bank’s Jimpex branch.
MD Omotoso said the promotion, dubbed ‘Visa Card 2011 Summer Promotion’, runs from July through September this year, and was designed for the bank to say ‘thank you’ to its visa card customers.
During the draw, six prizes were given in two sets. The first three set of winners were the ones who spent at least D50,000 using their visa card from 15th July to 15th August. The lucky winners of that draw were: Afolabi Isiaolugbola, who won a GTSave account; Awada Enterprise, won visa card with D5,000 credit; and Karim Sati Rahmoni, won a dinner for two at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa.
The second set of winners were the once who spent a minimum of D50,000 between 16th August to 15th September. The winners were EH Farage won GTSave; Pass Trading won visa card with D5,000 credit, and Ebenizar Owuey won the dinner for two at Coco Oceans.
The prizes for the mega draw, which will be at held at the end of this month, October, are: first prize, return air ticket to London plus £1,000 pocket money, second prize two nights for two people at Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa plus D10,000, and the final prize is a free visa card with D20,000 credit balance. To qualify for the grand draw, the visa card holder needs to spend a minimum of D100,000 throughout the period of the promotion.
“When you used your visa card you are qualified to win the prizes,” MD Omotoso said. “Isn’t that wonderful, you are spending your money and in turn you are rewarded for that.”
GTBank is the only bank that has been licensed by Visa Card International to issue Visa Card in its own name, deploy Automated Teller Machine that can accepted Visa Card, and also deploy Point of Sell terminal to restaurants, hotels, car rental companies, where customers can swipe their visa card and make payment.
“As I speak today we have over 50 merchants installed in various places in the country including supermarkets, hotels, and restaurants,” GTBank MD remarked.
He said the benefits of the visa card include giving the holder access to over a million ATM machines worldwide.
Apart from that, MD Omotoso said, there are over 29 million merchants that can accept the visa card in the world over. “So you can go with your card anywhere in the world and do shopping.”
“Again with this card you don’t need to carry cash when travelling or going for shopping, therefore the risk of your money been lost or stolen is no longer there. It eliminates the risk and inconvenience of carrying cash. Also, there is security attached to the card because it had a pin code. The card employs the use of chip and PIN technology to guard against unauthorised transactions,” he said.
GTBank has and continues to be a pacesetter in the already competitive banking industry in the country. The bank renders significant support to the growth of its customers while ensuring outstanding and consistently improving service delivery standards.
Mr Bolagi, general manager of GTBank, the man credited for being the brain behind the visa card promotion, said the promotion is one of the ways that GTBank is saying ‘thank you’ to its customers for their loyalty.
GTBank enters its ten years of operations in the Gambian market as its started operations in the country in March 2002. It’s the first bank in The Gambia that originated from Nigeria. The former MD of the bank, Olalekan Sanusi, earlier on said the operations of GTBank in the Gambia is “highly rewarding both in terms of enriching our knowledge of banking and also putting profit on the table which is the essence of every business.”