FirstBank launches 20 Accessible Branches
Africa, November 18 2014
FirstBank of Nigeria Limited has said it recently designated over 20 branches with access to wheelchairs across the country. Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank, Mr. Bisi Onasanya stated this at the recently concluded FirstBank’s International Sustainability Conference.
Some of these branches include: Yaba, Broad Street (Elephant House), Magodo, Owode (Ikorodu), Kano Hadeija Road, Kaduna Main,BirninKebbi, Kaduna South, Yenagoa, Abuja Maitama, Abuja Asokoro and Ijede in Ikorodu.
He said the intervention further demonstrated the bank’s effort towards providing financial services for people with disabilities.
“The bank is committed to put the stakeholder first in making decisions; building strong relationship with customers, communities, and employees to underpin its sustainability initiatives.
“FirstBank’s strategy to deliver value through corporate citizenship is hinged on four pillars which include: driving sustainable finance, empowering people, supporting communities, and contributing to environmental sustainability,” he said. These pillars reinforce the bank’s focus to lead the drive for inclusion and diversity in the polity.
According to him, FirstBank has empowered communities through capacity building initiatives such as the SMEConnect Platform to engage SMEs, FirstBank Sustainability Centre designed to build capacity on sustainability and related issues among other initiatives. So far, over 200,000 SMEs have benefitted from financial services and loans schemes, and over 478,000 unbanked got financial services. The bank’s Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney commented: “The bank would remain committed to promoting sustainability and corporate responsibility programs. We believe in the long-term and being an enduring partner for the long haul journey.”