“What you have seen today is further actualisation of Access Bank’s CSR initiatives. It is not just for my group, but it is done across the bank, in terms of giving back to the society. We have been partnering with the Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria for more than five years in various forms,” he said.
According to the CFO, the bank has supported the group through arts, education, health, among others and will continue to meet their needs from time to time. Kumapayi said the second phase of the CSR initiative for this year will be supporting people with secondary scholarship funds. The fund, he said will enable beneficiaries pay for some of their examinations fees. He said the support is not coming just for the Financial Control Unit of the bank, but from the bank as a group because of its believe in giving back to the society in a sustainable manner.
“For us at Internal Control Unit, in the last five years, we have impacted over 8,000 lives positively and will be raising that to 10,000 lives in the next five years in line with the bank’s commitment to touch people’s lives positively,” he said.
According to her, the children live at the facility. “A lot of them are born without being trained. We need support to help us get them all the things that are required to help them live fulfilled lives. What Access Bank has done is that they have taken a chunk of the challenge we used to face by providing us with the solar power system. That is one of the best things that has ever happened to us,” she said.
Continuing, she said that by the Access Bank’s gesture, the children will be comfortable while the foundation will save money to do other things.