AS part of its corporate social responsibility, Zenith Bank Plc, on Thursday, handed over to the Ondo state government of a renovated library and donation of learning materials and library facilities for the pupils of the School for the Hearing Impaired in Akure, Ondo State capital.
Speaking during the handing over of the library and learning materials, the Senior Manager, Head Akure Branch, Oluseye Alade, said the initiative was part of the bank’s efforts at building skills and capacity and improving human the country’s human development indicators.
According to Alade, “Zenith Bank is committed to the improvement of the quality of education in the communities where we carry out our business. We are also committed to supporting children with special needs. This commitment to the well being of the people informed this CSR gesture.”
Alade, who assured that Zenith Bank would continue to contribute towards the development of education in the country, called on the authorities of the school to ensure that the library facilities were put to good use and preserved for current and future students that would pass through the school.
Commending the initiative, the state Commissioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe, said the state remained the only state in the country offering the physically challenged qualitative education.
The commissioner, who was represented by Mr Ibidapo Olikoju, said four special schools for the physically challenged scattered across the state with the aim to providing free education, free tuition, free medical and accommodation for the challenged students.
He appreciated the management of Zenith Bank with an assurance that the state government would always be ready to collaborate with the bank in developing education and to cater for the underprivileged in the society.
The principal of the school, Mrs Victoria Olaniyi, also commended the management of the bank, saying the facilities would go a long way to help the impaired students.
Olaniyi said, “We all know that the value of life is measured by the lives it touches. Thank you for standing by our side and providing necessary help to enrich the lives of our children. I recognize you and the power of collectivity.”
The Principal assured that the facilities will be used towards developing and educating the students.