Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, Bridge Credit, a financial institution at the weekend conducted a cancer screening test for the personnel of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.
The cancer screening test involved male and female personnel, officers and rank and file, who turned out in numbers for the exercise at the Garki II police headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking to newsmen, the Brand Communications Officer of the Beidge Credit, Barbara Alufa, said the exercise was part of the CSR of the financial institution.
“We are a consumer lending company that gives salary loan to approved institutions. We are here today to have our CSR for Year 2023. The CSR this year is focused on the health of our customers. We are doing cervical cancer screening for the women and prostrate cancer screening for the men,” she said.
“We are doing this at our Abuja branch today. I came all the way from our head office to support and ensure that everything goes well. We did the CRS across all our eight branches nationwide and not only in Abuja.
“We are looking at screening about 600 people, mostly our customers.
We are doing it because we have a large customer base in the Nigeria Police, that’s why we are focusing on them”, she added.
According to her, “We appreciate what the police is doing because they are a major part of the security system in Nigeria. We want to show that we appreciate what they are doing for the country, we support them and we care about their health and their well being because directly or indirectly their well being will also affect the well being of our people.”
Alufa said the CSR project is a continuous initiative of the company.
In her remarks, the Branch Manager of the Bridge Credit Limited, Abuja branch, Mary Kyocher, said the CSR project was informed by the scourge of cancer disease which has led to the death of many Nigerians hence the decision to provide support for the health needs of the Nigeria Police.
“Cancer has become such a menace that you see somebody healthy today and tomorrow he will be no more and we live in a country where people don’t check their health or take their health seriously.
“We are here to create awareness and to emphasise the fact that it is important to check your health and know your health status,” she said.
Many participants in the cancer screening exercise expressed appreciation and thanked Bridge Credit for the gesture.