United Bank for Africa (UBA) has emphasised that t satisfy customers, innovation, optimisation and upgrading of banking platforms must come to play.
The Pan-African financial institution explained this in the spirit of ongoing Customer Service Week (CSW) at a virtual media parley on Wednesday.
Speaking at the online forum, Alex Alozie, UBA’s Head of Operations, explained that the bank has intensified its focus on putting the customer first whilst still reaffirming its leadership position.
Alozie said that in line with this year’s theme, the ‘Dream Team’, which embodies UBA’s core goals, the bank has recorded considerable milestones in its journey.
He said, “In the last one year we have embarked on an intensive drive to transform our services across all service touchpoints including but not limited to banking halls, channels – internet, mobile, USSD, etc in Nigeria, Africa, and territories where we operate.
“We have ensured that our customers enjoy self-service, where they can carry out their transactions seamlessly on their devices, without visiting the banking hall.
“This has further boosted customers’ confidence as the services provide ease and convenience, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Honestly, I will say that the pandemic brought out the best of us. With newly improved products like UBA Connect – where our customers can carry out transactions from anywhere in the world – and our recently improved Mobile App, our uptime has improved significantly, and our branch operations have also recorded considerable improvement.
“All these are the outcome of the transformation journey which we embarked upon,” Alozie noted.
He added that there have been cases of failed transactions, and the bank has taken relevant corrective and preventive actions for service improvement.
Michelle Nwoga, UBA’s group head, marketing and customer experience, pointed out that the bank is focused on being more intentional in the quality of service delivery to customers.
She added that strategic initiatives have been implemented to deliver a differentiated experience to customers across all service touchpoints.
According to her, UBA is keen on meeting the demands of today’s diversified customer base by focusing on innovation, process re-engineering, experience optimization, and technology upgrade, among others.
“This is all in our effort to improve our service delivery, improve our customers’ satisfaction, and deepen our market share.
“Apart from this, we have also embarked on thoroughly equipping our people to deliver exceptional service, while also leveraging on data for insight to guide business decision making.
“We are no longer a one-size-fits-all organization, as we now personalize services based on individual specific demands; this is largely because we know that the customer is the only one that matters, and we tailor all our activities in line with their expectations,” Nwoga noted.
The Customer Service Week is celebrated annually all over the world and recognizes the importance of customer service and seeks to show appreciation to the staff who serve and support customers with the highest degree of care and professionalism.