Heritage Bank partners Generation Next to position 1, 500 pupils for leadership roles

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heritage Bank Limited, Nigeria’s Most Innovative Banking Services Provider has partnered with Generation Next, a non-governmental organisation to prepare over 1, 500 secondary school students for leadership role that will take Nigeria to greater heights in the future. The programme, themed: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Generation, held in Lagos yesterday, spanned digital knowledge, career, education and confidence building for students in the age brackets of nine to 17 years from Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja; Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls; Ifako International Schools, Iju Road, Ifako-Ijaiye; The African Church Model College, Agege and Baptist Boys Academy, Obanikoro among others.

Speaking on the importance of savings, Mrs. Cynthia Erigbuem, Group Head, Market Intelligence and Analytics of Heritage Bank, noted that inculcating savings culture at an early age in children was very important because sometimes they might have ideas but if they had not put aside money, they would not be able to bring it to reality. She enjoined them to tell their parents to open savings accounts with Heritage Bank for them so that they would be able to save a significant amount of money before they would reach 20 years of age and thereby be able to bring their dreams and ideas to life. Erigbuem told the students that when they saved money with the bank, they would earn interest on the savings and the sky would be their limit by the time they come of age.

The convener of the programme, Mrs Olufunke Fajuyigbe in her remarks said the essence of Generation Next is to prepare the youths for a new Nigeria, remarking that the youths are the only people can make a new better Nigeria. She said they had specifically selected children in the age bracket of nine to 17 years, which is a critical age bracket for every country, adding that the colour, the picture and the greatness of the country depends on them and enjoins them to open their minds so that they can be the voice representing the next generation.

Also speaking, Professor Anthony Kila, Director of Studies at ECAPS in Cambridge, The European Centre of Advanced and Professional Studies, advised the organisers to hold the programme twice yearly, one for parents and the other for students in a bid to achieve the objective. Kila who said emotion denotes feeling, enjoined the students to understand the feelings of their parents and their own and break the bridge between them with effective communication. He said the most precious thing in life is information and this generation is the most privileged in the history of mankind because this is the first time that there is so much information available to the world. The professor promised the students that discerning ones among them would join other students in the world in Cambridge, the United Kingdom to write an essay on The Cambridge Experience, the role of the most emotionally intelligent people in the generation next and the winners would win the Anthony Kila’s prize of $300.

In his contribution, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Manager, Communications & Public Affairs for Google West Africa exposed the students to how they could use Google to obtain any information they needed on the internet and promised to expose five of them from the programme to the international community in the area of computer science. Miss Atiku Nafisat Emmanuella, a young legal practitioner, talked on purpose and leadership, remarking that purpose can be defined as the reason for doing a thing. It is the reason for existence and it is the reason any mission while the leadership can be defined as taking responsibility to solve a problem.[/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.