The Lagos State Government has commended Oceanic Bank International plc for enhancing human capital development in the nation through its corporate social responsibility initiatives.
According to Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, the state government views the bankâ€™s commitment to youth empowerment through the sponsorship of sporting activities as a classical example of how Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) can transform the fortunes of Nigeria.
He said, â€œAll over the world, PPPs are being deployed as vehicles for far-reaching and fast-paced development. The Lagos State government is happy to note that Oceanic Bank has remained resolute in supporting partnerships for development oriented projects.â€
Adeniji-Adele, who represented Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, at the final ceremony of the Oceanic Lagos State Under-18 Tennis Tournament last weekend at the Tennis Court of the Teslim Balogun stadium Surulere added that: â€œOceanic Bank deserves commendation for its unwavering role in facilitating the discovery and grooming of young Nigerians into stars that will make the nation proud in the future.â€
The tennis tourney, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Oceanic Bank International Plc seeks to promote the game and empower Nigerian youths to aspire to excel at the highest level of the game, including the Wimbledon, French and US Open competitions, among others.
The Bankâ€™s management said Oceanic has a rich pedigree of sponsoring and supporting events that add value to Nigeriaâ€s quest for human capacity development and economic prosperity.
â€œâ€œFor us at Oceanic Bank, we see youth empowerment as a critical factor in developing the nationâ€s manpower and economy. We are committed to replicating the success we have recorded in the area of supporting youth football to Tennis and thus ensure that we produce stars that will bring Nigeria global acclaim in the game,â€ said John Aboh, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oceanic Bank International Plc.
Also commending Oceanic Bank, Akin Adesokan, Chairman, Lagos Tennis Association said the tourney was a â€˜Dream come trueâ€™ in the LSTAâ€™s quest to position Nigeria for greatness in line with global best practice in the game of Tennis.
â€œWe remember with nostalgia that Lagos, nay Nigeria used to be listed in the world tennis map.
Numerous international players like Nduka Odizor were listed in the world rankings. Lord Rumens Classic sponsored annually by Chief Ajitomo Alabi of blessed memory attracted international players into the country, Lagos state is understandably leading the vanguard of taking the nation back to its rightful place,â€â€ he said.
While presenting recognition awards to Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, Deacon Ayo Ositelu as well as Mr John Aboh, Adesokan added: â€œOceanic Bank Plc has indeed set the standard for this Under 18 Tennis Competition and with their continued backing, Nigeria without doubt can be in the world tennis tournament circuit with an annual Eko ATP Open Tournament.â€