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CSR: GTB’s Adopt-A-School Initiative berths at St Georges

Princewill Ekwujuru
Every organisation has it’s reason for carrying out a project, it is either to contribute her quota to a particular cause or either to  fulfil part of it’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive and or to grow her cliesntele.

The case with GTBank  is not that of growing clientele, but an obligation the bank had obliged herself as part of it’s  responsibility to help grow the educational sector.

Talking about CSR, as the name connotes, is the intelligent and objective concern for the welfare of society which restrains individual and corporate behaviour from ultimately destructive activities, no matter how immediately profitable, and which leads in the direction of positive contributions to human betterment, based on this, the bank threw her weight behind schools renovation for conducive learning.
However, in the early 1900s, the mission of business was primarily economic. But within the past few decades there have been a change in the views of many business managers about their social responsibilities which have paralled and partly reflected the changing priorities and expectations of society about business social functions.

As a result, organisations, especially in the business sector, are no longer viewed as totally private endeavours that are free to pursue their own ends as long as they break no laws.

Instead, their actions are seen as having public consequences that go beyond serving customers and paying returns to owners.

Aside serving customers and making returns, business people have the task of knowing what to do to meet the demands of various claimants for social responsibility. These are reasons, that moved GTBank to advance the renovation of  St Georges Boys and Girls School library in Falomo, Ikoyi and some others.

Speaking, Mrs. Lola Odedina, Deputy General Manager / Head, Communication and External Affairs Group of GTBank said, “I address you today at the commissioning of this modern Library,  a unique heritage which impact would be unquantifiable for years to come. For the past 6 years, GTBank and St. Georges have had a special relationship, a partnership deeply steeped in the mutual zeal to excel.”
Further, Odedina said, “this library is more than a symbolic gesture. It a reaffirmation of our unending commitment to ensuring that St. Georges Boys and Girls schools remain a reference point for educational excellence amongst public schools in Lagos state.”

“We are proud of the strides we have jointly achieved and really appreciate the efforts and continuous support of the Lagos State Government in the actualisation of this partnership. It is without doubt that the lives of these children have been touched positively and they definitely would be better off for it.”

Continuing, she stressed, “it is my earnest belief that this library would become a veritable resource centre for both students and teachers alike; and as I sincerely hope that this is  a standard for other institutions to follow.”  To the teachers, she said, “encourage the students and also put the resources therein to good use,” she advised.


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