Fidelity Bank Plc has tutored 4,000 students in 36 schools across Nigeria on the value of managing financial resources effectively in order to improve their economic well-being.
This initiative, organized in collaboration with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), is part of the activities celebrating the Central Bank’s (CBN) annual Global Money Week (GMW), which promotes financial literacy on a global and local scale.
The theme of this year’s GMW, “Build your future, be smart about money,” emphasizes the importance of ensuring that young people are financially conscious from an early age.
It also aims to ensure that they gradually acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours required to make sound financial decisions, achieve financial well-being, and develop financial resilience.
Managing Director/CEO of Fidelity Bank, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, kicked off the seven-day celebration on March 24, by speaking about money matters at Bestline Distinct College in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. Staff of the bank would also teach in select schools across the country during the celebrations.
Onyeali-Ikpe was represented by the bank’s Regional Operations & Service Supervisor (ROSS) for South-West 2, Ayoola Alabi.
She noted that the lender would not relent in its efforts to actualise the federal government’s financial inclusion objectives by enabling more young Nigerians, particularly those in underserved communities, to participate in the formal banking system.
She said: “Our children are the future and sharing such information with these young ones will help them develop into better adults. It will give them the ability to plan for their financial independence.
“For us as a bank, education and youth empowerment are major pillars of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. We are always searching for opportunities to give back to communities where we operate.”
Reiterating the bank’s unwavering commitment to educating Nigerian children on money matters, Onyeali-Ikpe noted that financial literacy among Nigerians, particularly the youth, will promote economic growth and development.
For us as a bank, education and youth empowerment are major pillars of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. We are always searching for opportunities to give back to communities where we operate.
Proprietor of Best Distinct College, Omodara David, said the program would broaden the minds of both students and teachers for the future.
“The knowledge gained here will make them successful in the future. What I have learnt has opened my eyes. Immediately after the program, I will open accounts in the bank and allow Fidelity to manage the school’s account,” said David.
Similarly, the senior prefect of Best Distinct College, John Chinmaya, thanked the bank for the gesture. He said the program will teach students how to save, budget, and bank properly to save for the future, as well as assist them financially and academically.
“We are going to tell our parents about the things we learnt here today and it will surely be beneficial to them,” he explained.
On her part, Victoria Abuka, Team Lead, CSR, Fidelity Bank, emphasized the importance of financial literacy, stating that children need financial education to bring about economic change in the country and around the world.
“If you have financial awareness, you will be able to manage money, know about money, invest, and become self-sufficient, as well as contribute to the economic development of the country.”