By Chioma Obinagwam
In line with Access Bank Plc’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy to impact communities where it operates while improving the socio-economic well-being of citizens, the Bank through its Centralized Operations Group identified The Federal Nigerian Society for the blind (a Non-Governmental Organization) as the beneficiary of a volunteering initiative.
Specifically, the Centralized Operations Group partnered with The Federal Nigerian Society for the Blind (FNSB) in several areas of impact and initiative including seminar on empowerment of Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs), mentorship as well as interactive/Bonding session between Access Bank staff and VIPs.
The Group also provided support in the conversion of texts books to braille, conversion of text books to audio/talking books and constructed a 40-room hostel for the students
The group aimed at providing the school the opportunity to admit more VIPs through the provision of more hostel rooms/accommodation, which would enable more VIPs to have access to learning aid that would make them more resourceful, independent and useful for themselves and the society.
The 40-room hostel was officially commissioned recently at the Federal Nigerian Society for the Blind, Oshodi, Lagos.
The Deputy Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Obinna Nwosu led senior management of the Bank to the commissioning of the hostel.
He commended the Centralised Operations group for the initiative noting that the Access Bank CSR initiative was developed in accordance to relevant international standards and guidelines.
According to him, “The Bank’s CSR report focuses on the Group’s approach to sustainability with respect to specific environmental and social issues that were of interest to all our stakeholder groups.”