As part of efforts to adequately prepare Nigerian youths for specific trades and crafts, Fidelity Bank Plc has contributed to the renovation at the Lagos State School for Vocational Studies.
The vocational institute caters for 36 public schools in Lagos.
This project was sponsored by Fidelity Helping Hands Project (FHHP), which is the bank's corporate social responsibility. It is driven by members of staff of the bank.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director Risk Management, Fidelity Bank, Mrs. Onome Olaolu, said: “We saw this as something we must continue to do by contributing our quota to help the environment in any little way as the children here are extremely happy and encouraged because it is important to have equipment to practice on skills you are being taught.
“For us at Fidelity Bank, we desire to raise young resourceful men and women in our environment because what you give to these children would determine our future for tomorrow.”
She said it was important to encourage vocational learning in the country. According to Olaolu, countries such as Ghana had benefited from vocational education.
She added: “There is also dignity in labour that is why I am saying we should try to emulate what the Ghanaians are doing, because to them, it doesn’t matter if you are going to be an engineer or a doctor, you must go through a one-year vocational training just as we have in our NYSC.”
She further stressed on its continuity: “I can promise you that every branch, and every department must carry out a FHHP every year because the people at the top are passionate about it and also our junior members of staff are passionate about it as well.”
In her response, the school Principal, Mrs. Esther Olupitan, commended the bank for the donation to the home and economics centre, saying it would "encourage and improve the standard of technical education by creating motivation in awareness."