Fidelity Bank Plc’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, the Fidelity Helping Hand Programme (FHHP) has renovated a set of classrooms at the Police Children School, Obalende, Lagos.
The bank said the initiative was part of its contribution to the development of education in Nigeria.
The set of classrooms were inaugurated as part of the bank’s celebration to mark this year’s Children Day.
Speaking at the event which took place in Lagos, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo said the renovation of the building was carried out by the bank’s security personnel across the country.
According to Okonkwo, each of the security contributed N500, adding that the total amount realised was then matched by funds from the bank.
Okonkwo added: “What we are here to do today is to commission a classroom block that Fidelity Bank Helping Hand Programme renovated, furnished and fully equipped. The building was dilapidated but the FHHP renovated and equipped it. What we do under the FHHP is to encourage our staffs to participate in CSR wherever we do business.
“So, the staffs in different locations identify laudable projects, voluntarily contribute money and then the bank funds the balance. We have been doing this all across the country, but today’s programme is special because it is holding on May 27, which is Children’s Day.
“This initiative of renovation the Police Children School was driven by the security men at Fidelity Bank across the country. These security men, in keeping with our CSR strategy, tasked themselves and contributed N500 each to raise money for this renovation. Of course, in line with our policy, the bank then added the balance to help renovate this structure we are here to commission today.”
He added: “When I looked at the building, I noticed that the two other wings are still looking a bit out of place. So, we immediately undertook to complete those ones. The school has an information technology lab. Like you all know, the children are the future and technology is the future. But they have a problem powering the lab. So, under this programme, we further committed today to provide generator to these children so that they can use the laboratory effectively.”