First Bank and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, Minister of Finance, were among several others that were rewarded with this year’s Avant-garde Awards by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish at its fifth annual charity ball.
The other recipients were Governor Babatunde Fashola and British High Commission.
First Bank Plc was recognised for its innovations in the last one year in the areas of mobile, online, an ATM banking. Its Biometric ATM initiative will drive financial inclusion and address the banking needs of the unbanked population and for being one of the first two quoted companies in Africa to adopt the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
The British High Commission was recognised for being the first embassy to sign up with VFS to simplify the visa application process.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was recognised for her work during her first tenure as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and her willingness to come back and serve in the same role in these difficult times.
Finally, the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola was honoured as an avant-garde Governor and his work in Lagos State which earned him a vote of confidence for a second term. He has demonstrated what purposeful leadership can accomplish in the area of infrastructure development, public transportation, and education to name a few.
Speaking, Senior Pastor, COD, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, of the City of David, said that the church believes that new thinking is required to achieve better sustainable results in nation building. A nation goes the way its leaders go, therefore for us as a nation to see the much desired positive transformation, our leaders have to embrace an ‘avant-garde’ mindset.
Pastor Idowu noted that COD is deeply committed to demonstrating God’s love to humanity, While noting that beyond the support for charity, the church has been focused on making a positive impact in their immediate community and environs, spending over N700 million in the last decade to distribute 50,000 packs of food per week with other sister parishes.