The New Experience newspaper has planned to reward its numerous readers with various gift items including a car as star prize, television sets, refrigerators, cash prizes, among others.
This is part of measures to consciously encourage the readership of the multi-sectoral publication, which has slated its Annual Lecture/Award Ceremony for November 20, 2021.
According to the publisher/Editor-In-Chief of the paper, Prince Benson Davies, the listed items would come through a raffle draw which grand finale would coincide with the Annual Lecture/Award ceremony.
Prince Davies disclosed this at the weekend at the Preksten Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, during the colourful re-launch of the raffle tickets, which was chaired by Navy Captain A.A. Ogah (rtd).
He made it clear that the raffle draw was part of the conscious efforts of the publication to say thank you to its numerous customers who had been patronizing the paper over the years.
In his words, “The New Experience newspaper has come a long way with its readers. It is a journey started many years back for which we appreciate the support of our readers. The raffle draw is our own little way of saying thank you to the people for keeping faith with us by keeping us in business.
“That is why we have put in place measures to ensure that winners emerge from each booklet of tickets sold. We want to ensure that as many people that participate benefit from the exercise”.
The New Experience boss disabused people’s mind on the raffle draw turning out to be a scam as usually noticed these days in schemes such as this. He said it was to reaffirm the authenticity of the exercise that the names of some members of the Board of Directors were included in the tickets. He noted that those concerned were noble Nigerians who had served the country in high capacities at various times.
While unveiling the ticket booklets to the public, the Chairman of the occasion, who is also the head of the Board of Directors, Navy Captain Ogah, assured the audience that the advertised gifts items were as sure as tomorrow.
He reiterated the Editor-In-Chief’s earlier assurance that the tickets had been so packaged that winners must emerge from every booklet sold.
“I want to assure you that each booklet of two hundred or one hundred leaflet sold has automatic winning tickets in-built irrespective of whether they were drawn or not. This is to give room for many people to take home as many gifts as possible”, he said.
Ogah, who doubles as the Chairman, Merchant Seafarers Association of Nigeria (MESAN), also assured those for outright purchase of booklets of a 20 per cent discount. He re-emphasised the authenticity of the reality of the gift items, saying that as men of integrity, the advertised items for presentation would be provided weeks ahead of the draw’s grand finale.
Convinced by the assurances given on the reality of the raffle draw, members of the audience filed out in their numbers to pick the booklets either on outright purchase or with a view to remitting the proceeds later to the organizers.
The highlight of the occasion was the cutting of the birthday cake of Prince Davies whose birthday coincided with the event as there was a lot to eat and drink with the attendant dance party that went with it.