Female Empowerment Central to Sustainable Economic Growth- Heritage Bank

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As the world celebrates this year’s International Women’s Day, Heritage Bank Plc stated that making female empowerment central to organisation’s business strategies is not only critical to growth, but to building a sustainable and flourishing global economy.

Speaking on the International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme, “Balance-for Better,” the MD/CEO of Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, who said the commemoration is a call to action for driving gender balance globally, stressed that presently gender bias remains a significant obstacle to global progress, and it is particularly acute in the workplace. He said that organisations with greater gender equality are more innovative, generous, and profitable. The MD who cited the Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which target gender equality because women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, half of its potential, noted that women still have fewer economic opportunities than men, less access to education, and less political representation. According to him, though there has been considerable progress in developing the capabilities of women, their participation in economic and political decision-making remains very limited.

To help chart a path that will champion gender parity, the bank organised mentorship session in the Experience Centres (branches) across the country, where the senior colleagues spoke to the junior staff on proper grooming and better ways to excel in their homes, career, politics, education and other crucial spectrum in life for better society.

Addressing the staff, Sekibo stated that Heritage Bank will continue to drive work environment that is inclusive and ensure the number of women in leadership position of the bank increases. He disclosed that the bank recognises the contribution of women to the society and the vital role in driving bank’s business, for this reason Heritage Bank will continue to partner them to achieve its corporate goals. Our culture is predisposed to welcome every woman and her vision into our mind-set of creativity and knowledge, helping her to grow her business beyond where she can ever imagine by offering specialized products and services for her business, adding that by our very nature, our services are personal, and deliberately approached from a bespoke angle, to simplify her life and business so as to be able to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations, he stated.

While Sekibo commended the tremendous social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world, he noted that it was also a time to recognize how much work is still left to do.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.