Heritage Bank Plc has been commended by the Lagos state government for the bank’s financial literacy initiative aimed at driving financial inclusion of young persons in the country.
The commendation, which came through the office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule recently, referenced major components of the bank’s financial literacy initiative and entrepreneurial support which it had embarked on in its very short period of existence as a bank.
One of the specific areas the deputy governor referenced was the launch of a comic book, “The Protectors” by Heritage Bank.
According to a statement, the book was developed to drive financial inclusion among children.
In a letter of appreciation to the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, the Lagos deputy governor, who was represented at the comic book launch by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi,stated that “the launch of the financial literacy comic book for young persons by the bank recently, spoke volume about her (Heritage Bank) organisational abilities and the resolve to reposition the bank to capture young people through various initiatives, programmes, events and resource kits to increase awareness of the world of finance and the creation of wealth.”
The deputy governor noted that “your policy of equipping young people with the requisite financial skills to drive a vibrant economy as exemplified by the extension of financial literacy framework to primary and secondary schools pupils/students, university undergraduates, NYSC members in the past are very commendable.”
She declared, “you are surely on the right track and we urge you to remain steadfast in the pursuance of this laudable goal.”
A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the bank listed other components of the financial literacy and youth empowerment initiatives and collaboration as including the N3 billion Central Bank of Nigeria Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP) in which Heritage Bank is now the sole partner-bank with the CBN and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)with about 1500 NYSC and post-NYSC youth as beneficiaries in the first phase; among others.