Bank empowers wives of deceased police officers
ACCESS Bank of Nigeria Plc. has donated N550,000 to wives and children of police officers whose husbands died in active service. The cheque was presented to the beneficiaries at the bank’s head office in Victoria Island, Lagos. The widows were also urged to acquire skills in order to have some financial independence.
The donation was made at a programme organised for widows and children of policemen killed by armed robbers in branches of Access Bank in Lagos State. The head of the bank’s Conduct and Compliance Group, Mr. Pattison Boleigha, who organised the event as part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), said the programme was to give grants to the widows.
Boleigha said the bank’s CSR activities tagged, ‘Take the Lead: Sustaining Partnership With Law Enforcement Agencies and Regulators’, was in conformity with the bank’s employee volunteering scheme.
“The money is meant to empower the beneficiaries and deepen our relationship with law enforcement agencies through initiatives that will support their services and families. It is also meant to help the widows to sustain the skill acquisition programme extended to them last year.”
The widows, numbering seven, were given N50,000 each, while the four children of the deceased policemen were given N50,000 to support their education.
The Bar Beach Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Olusegun Ajamolaya, commended the gesture, saying many Nigerians were indifferent to the plight of policemen. He urged Nigerians to support their policemen despite their shortcomings.