Heritage Bank partners Generation Next to position 1, 500 pupils for leadership roles

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heritage Bank Limited, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider has partnered with Generation Next, a non-governmental organisation to prepare over 1, 500 secondary school students for leadership role that will take Nigeria to greater heights in the future. The programme, themed: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Generation, held in Lagos yesterday, spanned digital knowledge, career, education and confidence building for students in the age brackets of nine to 17 years from Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja; Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls; Ifako International Schools, Iju Road, Ifako-Ijaiye; The African Church Model College, Agege and Baptist Boys Academy, Obanikoro among others.

Speaking on the importance of savings, Mrs. Cynthia Erigbuem, Group Head, Market Intelligence and Analytics of Heritage Bank, noted that inculcating savings culture at an early age in children was very important because sometimes they might have ideas but if they had not put aside money, they would not be able to bring it to reality. She enjoined them to tell their parents to open savings accounts with Heritage Bank for them so that they would be able to save a significant amount of money before they would reach 20 years of age and thereby be able to bring their dreams and ideas to life. Erigbuem told the students that when they saved money with the bank, they would earn interest on the savings and the sky would be their limit by the time they come of age.

The convener of the programme, Mrs Olufunke Fajuyigbe in her remarks said the essence of Generation Next is to prepare the youths for a new Nigeria, remarking that the youths are the only people can make a new better Nigeria. She said they had specifically selected children in the age bracket of nine to 17 years, which is a critical age bracket for every country, adding that the colour, the picture and the greatness of the country depends on them and enjoins them to open their minds so that they can be the voice representing the next generation.

Also speaking, Professor Anthony Kila, Director of Studies at ECAPS in Cambridge, The European Centre of Advanced and Professional Studies, advised the organisers to hold the programme twice yearly, one for parents and the other for students in a bid to achieve the objective. Kila who said emotion denotes feeling, enjoined the students to understand the feelings of their parents and their own and break the bridge between them with effective communication. He said the most precious thing in life is information and this generation is the most privileged in the history of mankind because this is the first time that there is so much information available to the world. The professor promised the students that discerning ones among them would join other students in the world in Cambridge, the United Kingdom to write an essay on The Cambridge Experience, the role of the most emotionally intelligent people in the generation next and the winners would win the Anthony Kila’s prize of $300.

In his contribution, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Manager, Communications & Public Affairs for Google West Africa exposed the students to how they could use Google to obtain any information they needed on the internet and promised to expose five of them from the programme to the international community in the area of computer science. Miss Atiku Nafisat Emmanuella, a young legal practitioner, talked on purpose and leadership, remarking that purpose can be defined as the reason for doing a thing. It is the reason for existence and it is the reason any mission while the leadership can be defined as taking responsibility to solve a problem.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

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Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications