As part of impacting positively on the nation’s socio-economic development, the management of Heritage Bank Plc says it will continue supporting causes that promote women empowerment.
Managing Director, Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, announced this at the “Raising Girls Summit ‘19” held in Lagos recently as part of activities to commemorate the International Day of the Girl-Child.
A statement by Fela Ibidapo, Divisional Head, Corporate Communications of Heritage Bank, recalled Sekibo as saying the bank sponsored the summit in line with its commitment “to anything that represents women empowerment.”
According to him, the bank has been in the vanguard of promoting financial literacy and financial inclusion especially among women, believing that this is key for the advancement in today’s dynamic world.
In his words: “If we can start promoting financial inclusion especially among the girl child, then we can stand a better chance of having our children grow up to help build a strong financial system. Heritage Bank has been at the forefront of trying to ensure that financial inclusion is not just for adults but for children and more so at a very early age.”
Sekibo, who was represented at the event by the Regional Executive, Lagos & South-West, Heritage Bank, Dike Dimiri, said Heritage Bank actively participates in financial literacy programme organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in different parts of the country yearly, while assuring organizers of “Raising Girls Summit ‘19” of Heritage Bank’s continuous support
Organised by The Green Girl Company Limited, (organizers of the Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant), the Raising Girls Summit, is part of a global effort to empower, and deliberate on issues affecting the girl-child in Africa.
It is also aimed at influencing social change and policies to ensure a better life and the future prospect of girls in Africa.
Speaking earlier, Chief Executive of the Green Girl Company Limited, Dr. May Ikeora, thanked Heritage Bank for supporting the summit, adding that with the lender’s support, the organisation was making a valuable contribution to Nigeria and the world.
She advised young girls to focus on what they can contribute to society and not the other way round.
Also speaking at the event, a former “Miss Nigeria”, Helen Prest-Ajayi, noted that when girl-child is better educated, the country would be a better place for all Nigerians.
Photo caption: From left to right: Fidelis Anosike, Chairman Folio Group; Dike Dimiri, Regional Manager, Lagos and South West, Heritage Bank and May Ikeora, Green Girl Company Limited, during the “Raising Girls Summit “19,” sponsored by Heritage Bank, as part of activities to commemorate the International Day of the Girl-Child.