The project was done under the aegis of the Fidelity Helping Hands Programme (FHHP), one of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, where staff of the bank identifies a project, raise funds for it with the bank supporting them, and the school project was identified by the bank’s security men across the country, who raised funds for it amongst themselves.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, said the inauguration was very special to the bank as the renovation was in fulfillment of the objectives of the Fidelity CSR practice, which rests on a tripod: The environment, education and health/social welfare.
Okonkwo said the bank strives to reinforce robust, healthy community relations by identifying with host communities in activities that are most relevant to them, which was why their security staff remembered the Police Children School and contributed N500 each to renovate it.
He said: “We play a leading role by identifying and seeking viable solutions to the problems of the society like youth empowerment, especially those in our immediate operational environment and have as a result, extended similar projects and initiatives to other states of the federation.”
Okonkwo also promised to further assist the school by renovating other blocks not in the original plan and provide a generating set to the school’s Information Technology Laboratory. ”It is a fact that the world is now growing in technology, with e-learning the way forward, hence we will provide more computer systems and a generating set to power it for the children,” he said.
Lagos State Police Commissioner, represented by the Bar Beach Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Olusegun Ajamolaya said the bank’s initiative is good as educating the young ones will go a long way in reducing illiteracy as training a child is synonymous to training a generation.