Children’s Day: Kings College Head Boy Takes Over as Unity Bank CEO
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
As parts of activities to mark this year’s Children’s Day celebration, Unity Bank recently hosted students of Kings College in Lagos.
During the event, the lender took the students on tour of its facilities and also engaged them on financial literacy, leadership and advocacy against anti-social behaviour among youths. This was part of the financial institution’s Youth & Digital Banking initiative.
At the programme themed ‘Digitalization’ the students received presentations on Cyberbullying and drug abuse, while the Head Boy of Kings College, Omohowovo Uyota, performed the role as ‘One-Day CEO’ of Unity Bank.
Receiving the students on behalf of the Managing Director/ Chief Executive of the Bank, Mrs Tomi Somefun, the Executive Director, South Bank, Unity Bank Plc, Mr Temisan Tuedor, said that the visit of the Kings College Boys has afforded the platform for the students to appreciate financial services offerings as well as stimulate interest on the whole essence of financial literacy.
“We need to catch them young and this has to be demonstrated as we mark the Children’s Day”, he said.
Speaking on anti-social behaviour which has manifested mostly as drug abuse and Cyber Bullying in recent times, Mr Tuedor enjoined the students to resolve to say no to undesirable values irrespective of peer pressures.
“Nobody can bully or intimidate you without your consent. Refuse to be inferior and be strong and firm. This is called ‘self-esteem’,” he stated.
Asked what government could do to support the initiative, he noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has already set the ball rolling and called on government at other levels to amplify the enlightenment and education of kids; particularly from lower levels.
Reacting to the visit by the students, the leader of the delegation, Mr Osifala Olaseni, an Assistant Director of Education, commended Unity Bank for the initiative and enjoined other corporate organizations to emulate this gesture.
“The lessons of this visit are invaluable. Much of the theories we discuss in the classroom have been demonstrated today and learning could only get better with such exposures”, he said.
Unity Bank hosts students of different schools each year to mark the children’s day which holds on May 27. Last year, it hosted the students of Holy Child College, Ikoyi.