Heritage Bank Engages Pupils on Financial Literacy Holiday Workshop

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lagos, August 12, 2016- As part of efforts to remain at the forefront of delivering on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s financial inclusion mandate, Heritage Bank took the opportunity during this holiday break to implement one of its Financial Literacy initiatives by conducting a workshop for children.

The Financial Literacy Holiday Workshop, titled, Edutainment Resource for Children and Young Persons, engaged children between the ages of 8 and 11 during the long school break from Monday 8th through to Friday 12th August 2016.

The highlights of the workshop, which marked the maiden edition included financial literacy coaching presentation skills, creative writing, practical sessions, movie outing and other exciting treats.

Addressing the children in Lagos, the Executive Director, Abuja and North Directorate, Corporate Banking of the bank, Ola Olabinjo, explained that the goal of the Financial Literacy program is to secure the future and empower the Nigerian child and youth to make informed decisions about finances and wealth creation so they can take action to improve their present and long-term financial well-being.

He, however, stressed that financial education is a key success indicator for socio-economic development, adding that the bank believes in empowering the youth with requisite skills to make solid financial decisions in adult years.

In a bid to help the children to understand the nitty-gritty of the banking profession especially for those who indicated interest in the career, Olabinjo, advised them to maintain integrity, good character, decent dressing and fear of God.

He equally educated the children on mobile and e-payment platforms, saying that digital electronics is the future.

Chidera Duru, one of the beneficiary of the Financial Literacy Holiday Workshop, thanked the bank for its support, while saying that she has learnt a lot on the need to imbibe savings culture, how to read account statements and other educating aspect of the banking career.

According to her, the bank should make internet banking applications for kids on BUD account available.

A facilitator at the workshop, the Group Head, Customer Experience and Analytics of Heritage, Kikanwa Akpenyi, hinted that as a maiden edition, the program was set to kick start a community of financially literate young customers, as she said the future editions promise to be just as impactful..

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L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.

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Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications