By Omobayo Azeez
Nigeria’s oldest financial institution, FirstBank Plc, has announced donated a sum of one billion naira towards the joint efforts by the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to further fight against the pandemic.
According to the lender, the gesture was meant to further boost efforts designed to rapidly expand the health facilities, particularly testing, isolation, treatment and the provision of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities, pivotal to controlling the spread and importantly, treating individuals diagnosed with the deadly virus.
“This is in addition to the bank’s drive to move one million children to e-learning, together with an early partner – Roducate – as recommended by the Ministry of Education, Lagos State,’ it said in a statement on Tuesday.
In line with the 14-day stay home directive for Lagos, Ogun and FCT Abuja in the speech by President Muhammadu Buhari, the bank has also reiterated its preparedness to provide essential banking services through its alternative channels to its customers and the public at large which is in line with its robust business continuity plan.
Adesola Adeduntan, chief executive officer of FirstBank said: “we promise to continue to look at all areas of intervention where our business infrastructure, reach, digital platforms and other natural strengths lie and can be deployed to further support all efforts for Nigerians; young and old alike.
“To that end, we will continue to communicate ways in which we can do more together.
“We thank our community of friends, customers and other stakeholders who have continued to send us ideas and initiatives and are gladdened at the solidarity we see as Nigerians come together to tackle this under one umbrella. Please stay safe and let’s work together to flatten the curve.”