Staff members of Fidelity Bank Plc, in the Maiduguri branch of the outfit recently put smiles on the faces of children at the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps across Borno State.
The workers under the aegis of Fidelity Helping Hands Programme (FHHP), the multi-purpose Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vehicle of the bank, contributed funds from their salaries to buy educational supplies, including branded school bags, books and writing materials, which they donated to the children.
The project tagged “Back to School,” was designed to improve the lives of the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East region, who are presently taking refuge at the IDP camps.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, said the benefactors identified education out of the many needs of children in IDP camps due to strong correlation between education and socio-economic development.
Stressing the role of education in human advancement, the bank chief, who was represented by the Executive Director, North, Mohammed Balarabe, informed that an uneducated populace was a veritable breeding ground for extremism and terrorism, while “A literate populace, on the other hand is the bedrock of national development,” he added.
“We do not want to alienate ourselves from the community where we operate. We maintain high standards of integrity in our relations with state governments as well as host communities. That is why staff of the bank can pull resources together to embark on such a humane project