Fidelity Bank Wednesday in Akure, Ondo state continued its corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive when it donated three fully equipped sanitary facilities to the government of the state.
The bank said in a statement that the move was in keeping with its promise to continually enhance the health and overall well-being of communities where it operates.State government.
Beneficiaries of the facilities are Aquinas College, Democracy Park and Arakale Motor Park, all in the Akure metropolis, the bank noted, adding that it would enable the host communities maintain better sanitary conditions, improve their standard of living,leading to better productivity and economic development.
“Working in conjunction with the Ondo State Ministry of Environment, the bank, in addition, drilled boreholes and provided generating sets to power the facilities thus, ensuring that the project have a lasting impact on the communities,” the bank explained.
Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor, commended Fidelity Bank for maintaining strong and healthy community relations, adding that through the project, Fidelity Bank has addressed one of the most pressing challenges in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He pointed out that Ondo State was ranked poorly by international organisations like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the area of open defecation.
“It is a malaise that we are facing in Akure. Access to toilet is a major indicator of economic development in any country. Open defecation and lack of sanitation and hygiene are important factors that cause various diseases. This is why we have every reason to thank Fidelity Bank for these facilities,” he said.
Nnamdi Okonkwo, Fidelity Bank managing director and chief executive officer, expressed his deepest appreciation to the Akeredolu and people of Ondo State for affording the bank an opportunity to give back to the society.
Okonkwo who was represented by Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, the bank’s executive director, Lagos and Southwest, said the initiative was in fulfilment of the objectives of the Fidelity Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)philosophy which rests on a tripod: The Environment, Education and Health.
“We donated these projects in support of the good works of His excellency, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and we pledge that this will be on an ongoing basis as we believe very strongly that the relationshipbetween ourselves and Ondo State is a perpetual one,” he explained.