By Mike Eboh
Citibank Nigeria has restated its commitment to the development of the Nigerian economy, especially in the area of grassroots development.
Speaking during activities marking its 4th â€˜Global Community Dayâ€™ in Lagos, Mr. Emeka Emuwa, Managing Director of the bank, disclosed that it is committed to the effective discharge of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the country and also the mobilisation of resources targeted at grassroots development.
To this end, volunteers from the bank across the country, joined more than 40,000 Citi volunteers in 90 countries for the companyâ€™s fourth annual â€˜Global Community Dayâ€™, with nearly 300 volunteers in Nigeria, including employees, their families and friends, organising donation drives and other charitable activities around the country.
Emuwa said â€œGetting to spend the day with these special kids is a privilege for all of us. We take our responsibility to our community just as seriously as we do our day-to-day business and in a challenging economy such as we are in at the moment, our efforts in this area are even more significant.
â€œThis yearâ€™s event also coincides with Citiâ€™s 25th anniversary in Nigeria, and as we mark this significant milestone, we are also renewing our commitment to the Nigerian communityâ€
A statement signed by the spokesperson of the bank, Ogochukwu Ekezie, noted that volunteers in Lagos organised an excursion and fun day of activities for children from the Modupe Cole Childcare Treatment Centre, Yaba – a home that caters to the needs of physically and mentally disabled children.
She said â€œThe kids arrived at the Astro soccer 2000 stadium in the morning and were treated to various games and fun activities. Some of the kids from the school also participated in a novelty football match against the women of Citi Nigeria.
â€œIn other locations in the country, Citi Nigeria branches organised donation drives to various charitable homes in Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Aba and Warri, donating over N1m worth of non-perishable food items and supplies.
â€œCitiâ€™s Global Community Day is a worldwide effort involving hundreds of projects in hundreds of cities around the world. Recognising that many Citi employees volunteer year-round in their communities, Global Commu-nity Day celebrates Citiâ€™s volunteer spirit worldwide on one day. Local volunteer teams work on a variety of projects addressing specific commu-nity needs including literacy, housing, environmental protection, nutrition and health care.â€