By Victor C. Hanson, Jr
A couple has won a round trip ticket to the United States of America in a First International Bank Liberia Limited promotion to encourage customers to save.
James and Hannah Jallah clinched the prize on Friday, February 13, 2015 following more than six months of deadlock after the presentation ceremony was halted by the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.
The couple and 14 others were on July 30, 2014 announced winners of the two-month promotion, which ran between June and July 2014.
There were eleven other winners of mobile phones and one each of a 32-inch LED television, 2.2KVA generator and a refrigerator.
Mr. Jallah on behalf of the couple received the ticket before an audience of other winners who received their prizes, accompanied by relatives and well-wishers inside the headquarters of the FI Bank on Broad Street in Monrovia.
Mr. Jallah said he and his wife were happy to emerge as winners of the grand prize of the lottery and pledged the couple’s lifetime banking with FI Bank.
Also making remarks, the Mayor of Monrovia, Clara Doe Mvogo said it was a good thing that FI Bank had found a way to give back to its customers.
“It is not every bank that wants to give back to our customers such valuable prizes,” she told the presentation ceremony.
Earlier speaking, the Deputy Managing Director of FI Bank, Rhonda Von Ballmoos said the bank was glad that it had encouraged people to save.
“I know that saving is good for all of us. We want to thank you for participating in our “Save and Win” promotion we put out there. We know that saving is very important for us. It is not everybody that can do it but if you can, it is a good thing to do,” she said.
FI Bank recorded a 30 percent increment in this customer base as the result of the promotion.
Entry into the lottery was simple: customers were encouraged to keep a balance of US$500 and then US$100 or their respective Liberian Dollar equivalents.
The winners were the luckiest of all 7,191 customers qualified to participate in the draw.
The round trip ticket was provided by L’Aphie Travels and Tours, and one of the pair could be traveling in two months from now.
Charles Wiah of Sinoe County won the giant-sized refrigerator provided by Haddid Electronics.
Edward Kanneh secured the LED 32-inch Samsung television also provided by Haddid Electronics; while DavidaBestman and Currina Toe finalized the last of the four grand prizes, the 2.2 KVA generator provided by PowerTech.