In line with its commitment to continually empower and impact lives in all segments of the society, First City Monument Bank, says it has handed over a hostel it renovated and equipped with modern facilities to the Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind at its Vocational Training Centre in Oshodi, Lagos state.
In a statement on Wednesday, it added that an automated water system constructed by the bank had also been donated to the society.
The bank said the gesture formed part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, which focused on poverty alleviation, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability.
FCMB stated, “It is aimed at effectively supporting the efforts of the FNSB towards enhancing the standard of teaching, as well as learning of the visually -impaired students of the VTC. This is coming on the heels of FCMB’s donation of 15 Braille machines to the society two and half years ago. The Braille machines (comparable to a typewriter) are designed to aid the visually- impaired in reading and writing, with a view to ensuring they have unfettered access to sound education.”
The FNSB was established 63 years ago according to the statement.
So far, it added, over 2,000 visually- impaired men and women had benefitted from the various training programmes at the centre.
Speaking at the inauguration of the hostel and water system to the society, the Group Head, Corporate Affairs, FCMB, Mr Diran Olojo, said that the bank recognised the importance of every segment of the society.
He stated, “As a corporate organisation, we believe that it is necessary to constantly extend the hand of fellowship, support and love to the physically challenged and other under- privileged groups through CSR programmes of this nature. We will continue to champion and execute initiatives that will help and empower a wide spectrum of people, communities and other stakeholders to ensure the emergence of a sustainably progressive society.”
“We will continue to do our best to help remove barriers, give new hope, provide resources and expand possibilities as well as opportunities, so that people with vision impairment and other challenges can achieve their full potential. Ultimately, our aim is to contribute to further development of Nigeria. We therefore urge the students not to see physical challenge as an impediment to the attainment of their respective ambitions’’.