MAJOR BOOST FOR Education...As FCMB Donates Students Centre to Pan-Atlantic University
FCMB MAKES GIANT STRIDE IN EDUCATION
BY CHIEF CERUTTIFirst City Monument Bank (FCMB) Plc has again demonstrated its commitment to uplifting the standard of education in the country by making a donation to the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) for the construction of a Students Centre at its ultra-modern campus located at Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos.
Speaking at a press briefing held at the school on July 19, 2013, FCMB’s Group Head of Marketing and Communications, Mr. Ikechukwu Kalu, said the donation is part of FCMB’s contributions toward the provision of facilities that would ensure effective teaching and learning, capacity building and growth of the nation’s education sector. He noted that it also stems from FCMB’s belief that Pan-Atlantic University will continue to play a frontal role in these aspirations. Mr. Kalu stressed that the bank was proud to identify with the university in its mission to develop competent and committed individuals through the provision of qualitative education and entrepreneurial skills.
“Working together, we can go a long way in supporting capacity development, through quality education. It is always our desire to support worthy causes that would benefit the education sector, the youth and national development’’, said Kalu. He commended the founders and management of the institution for upholding its values since its inception.
Also speaking, the Divisional Head, Human Resources and Change Management of the Bank, Felicia Obozuwa, said that part of the mission of FCMB is to drive value adding initiatives, promote moral values and champion professionalism. She pointed out that, “it is in this regard that we seek to identify with Pan Atlantic University, our academic equivalent with an unparalleled value to Africa and the rest of the world. This gesture is not just a donation to a cause, but a symbol of a relationship we will strive to uphold in accordance with our objectives for societal development and quality education for a better Nigeria”.
Receiving the donation, the Vice Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University, Professor Juan Elegido, commended FCMB for the gesture and its various interventions in the education sector. He stated that the support from FCMB towards the construction of a befitting Students Centre would go a long way to boost the quality of teaching and learning in the school upon the completion of its new campus. He urged other corporate organizations to lend their strength in educational development the way FCMB is doing.
Earlier in the week, the Group Managing Director of FCMB, Mr. Ladi Balogun, represented by Mr. Kalu visited the school’s Vice Chancellor to felicitate with its management on the milestone achievements as well as contributions the school has made in providing quality education in Nigeria. This donation comes a fortnight after the bank sponsored the 2013 edition of the Enactus challenge, which saw Kaduna Polytechnic emerge as winners to represent the country at the Enactus World Cup scheduled for September in Mexico.
FCMB has been recognized over the years to be one of Nigeria’s leading drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in several areas, including the bank’s commitment to Poverty Alleviation, Economic Empowerment and Environmental Sustainability.