Polaris Bank Limited has reiterated its commitment towards improving the standard of education in Nigeria through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) interventions.
The Bank made the commitment in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Tuesday, at the presentation of a cheque of N5million to support the management of the Ilorin Polytechnic for the take-off of its Open Distance Learning project.
Polaris Bank’s Group Head, South West, Dr. Bimbo Akorede, stated that the lender’s gesture was meant to give back to the institution in line with one of its CSR strategic pillars on Education, and also to cement the partnership between the two organisations.
Akorede, who represented Polaris Bank’s Managing Director/CEO, Innocent Ike, said the partnership would also assist the Polytechnic to add more value to the quality of education for the students of the institution.
He further said: “The Bank in its efforts to fulfil its Corporate Social Responsibility mandate in the communities where it operates has seen many institutions of higher learning being a beneficiary of such a gesture in moving the nation’s tertiary institutions forward.
“Today, Polaris Bank has over 250 branches that cut across the six geopolitical zones and the 36 states of the federation.
“We pride ourselves in the offering of excellent customer experience which we do majorly, based on our people-friendly service delivery and investment in ICT to ensure that our customers experience seamless transactions in all our touch points”.
“Today, in adherence to Sustainable Development Goals and especially Goal 4, quality education for all; and every place or environment we find ourselves in, we always like to give back to society especially for institutions like Kwara Polytechnic.”
Today, in adherence to Sustainable Development Goals and especially Goal 4, quality education for all; and every place or environment we find ourselves in, we always like to give back to society especially for institutions like Kwara Polytechnic.
Akorede disclosed that similar gestures have also been extended to other higher institutions of learning in Nigeria, including the Universities of Maiduguri, and Ibadan, as well as the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTEC) Ogbomoso, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
He continued: “In University of Ilorin, we partnered with the University on the provision of multi-functional cards to all the students. In 2018, a student of the school won N5million for her educational support and this we did at Polaris Bank.
“Again, we look at this gesture for the long term benefit, CSR is not just coming to an environment to take profit and be selfish in that environment. No, we want to give back in our own little way towards the Sustainability of the environment and give back to the people and also contribute meaningfully to the planet.”
Responding, the Rector, Kwara State Polytechnic, Dr. Abduljimoh Muhammed, commended Polaris Bank for its assistance towards the completion of a befitting Computer Based Centre (CBC) for the institution, and urged the Bank to do more to ensure the realisation of the project.