By Dipo Olowookere
No fewer than 20 children with limb differences have been provided with prosthetic limbs and education trust funds by Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group.
The gesture was done under the firm’s signature corporate and investment initiative, ‘Together4 A Limb’.
The provisions, the financial institution said, formed part of its commitment to see that every Nigerian child is given the opportunity to live a productive and fulfilled life.
A 4-kilometre charity walk to raise public awareness of children without limbs or limb differences was flagged off by the Guest of Honour, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, who was represented by the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Prof Chris Bode.
The charity walk was immediately followed by the presentation of cheques for the education trust fund to each of the latest beneficiary children, who had been successfully fitted with artificial limbs.
This year’s seven beneficiaries were presented cheques by Prof Bode; Non-Executive Director, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Ms Ngozi Edozien; and Chairman, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, Mrs Ifeoma Esiri.
In 2015 five children and in 2016 eight children benefitted from the initiative and received education trust funds and prostheses.
According to the Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Mr Yinka Sanni, the initiative is a key plank in the Group’s corporate social investment drive, which focuses on education, health and economic empowerment.
He said the charity walk is an integral part of the initiative as it helps to draw attention to the plight of children with limb losses.
He added that the prostheses and education trusts Stanbic IBTC was providing for the children will not only help integrate them into society by boosting their self-esteem but will also help them make something out of their lives.
“Stanbic IBTC contributes to society through our CSI initiatives and in several other ways. By providing prostheses and education trusts to indigent children with limb differences, we are assisting the children to live healthy and fruitful lives,” Mr Sanni said.
The beneficiaries commended Stanbic IBTC for the assistance and expressed joy for the great opportunity given to them with the prostheses and the education trust funds.
One of the beneficiaries, who spoke on behalf of others, Chinasa Akuma, said: “Thank you Stanbic IBTC for providing me and the others with artificial limbs and also helping with our education. The company will continue to do well and God will bless all the workers.”
Mr Sanni reiterated the Stanbic IBTC Group’s commitment to assist, through its CSI initiatives, young Nigerians, particularly indigent Nigerians, to move forward in life and attain success.
Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a full service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management.
Standard Bank Group, to which Stanbic IBTC Holdings belongs, is the largest African bank by assets and market capitalization. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 20 countries on the African continent.
Standard Bank has been in operation for over 153 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.
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