Stanbic IBTC’s has restated its commitment to value creation via social, economic and environmental initiatives that support and contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the Nigerian society.
This is coming as the bank and well-meaning Nigerians alongside a contingent of staffers, thronged the streets of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt last Saturday to raise awareness on the need to support limbless and indigent children at its annual charity walk.
Coming under its flagship corporate social investment (CSI) initiative, ‘Together 4 A Limb,’ this year’s walk took place simultaneously across three cities and specifically focused on generating awareness for people living with limb loss as well as celebrating the twenty beneficiaries who have been fitted with prosthesis since the initiative was launched in 2015.
The eight-kilometres walk kicked off at 8am at all locations, with adequate protection provided by security forces and traffic wardens had participants buzzing all through with music and inspirational messages to boot. This signature CSI initiative of the Group focuses on three key areas of human life: health, education, and economic empowerment.
Apart from raising awareness, through the ‘Together 4 A Limb,’ initiative, Stanbic IBTC also provides financial and educational support to beneficiaries through an educational trust fund of N1.5 million per person. Twenty children drawn from across the six geopolitical zones have benefitted so far from the initiative.
Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Yinka Sanni, said a cardinal objective of the walk is to raise awareness about the importance of supporting the vulnerable in society, especially indigent and underserved children. It is also expected to connect with other Nigerians who share the passion for impactful social causes.
“We understand how challenging it must be for the parents and guardians of these children, especially considering the high cost of acquiring these prostheses (artificial limbs). Our ultimate objective is to help these children to lead very productive and fulfilling lives,” Sanni stated.
He also reiterated the Stanbic IBTC Group’s commitment to assist, through its CSI initiatives, young Nigerians, particularly indigent Nigerians, to move forward in life and attain success.
“We are passionate about this initiative, which helps Stanbic IBTC to contribute meaningfully to the society. The education trust will provide for the education of the beneficiaries for as far as they are willing and able to go and will enable them realize their God-given potential,” Sanni added.
In a chat with the media, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Dr Demola Sogunle, said the initiative is a key plank in the Group’s corporate social investment drive, which focuses on education, health and economic empowerment.
He said the charity walk is an integral part of the initiative as it helps to draw attention to the plight of children with limb losses.
He said the prostheses and education trusts Stanbic IBTC is providing for the children will not only help integrate them into society by boosting their self-esteem but will also help them make something out of their lives.
“Some of these children if their potentials are properly harnessed may go on to become President, governors, great leaders and therefore we see the ripple effect and the impact this intervention will have on these children beyond just enabling them lead more productive and rewarding lives,” Sogunle said.
Earlier in her remarks, Chief Executive, Standard Bank, Africa Regions, Mrs. Sola David-Borha, said: “Anytime am looking at African regions, the country that gives me the greatest joy is Nigeria. Nigeria is at the top of the indices, always moving forward. This initiative,
“Together for a Limb”, is a powerful initiative in terms of impacting the lives of children in a way that is undeniable, transparent and credible.
“It is one of the key pillars of Standard Bank’s group focus areas, which is Social Economic and Environmental Impact (SEE). Because we genuinely believe that as we drive Africa’s growth, as we seek to make Africa a much prosperous place, we cannot do that without impacting the communities in which we live,” she added.
Some of the dignitaries that came out for this year’s walk included Consultant Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeon, National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi Lagos, Dr. Olatunji Idowu, Chief Executive, Standard Bank, Africa Regions, Mrs. Sola David-Borha, Non-Executive Directors of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Prof Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), Ms. Ngozi Edozien and Mrs. Ifeoma Esiri, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr. Yinka Sanni Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, Dr. Demola Sogunle and other senior members of the organisation’s management team.
SOURCE: Guardian, 02 November, 2018.