Ac­cess Bank emerges best in CRS Grad­u­ates in­tern­ship train­ing be­gins in Jos

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kay­ode Ekun­dayo, La­gos From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos

Ac­cess Bank has been ad­judged the best Nige­rian com­pany in cor­po­rate ci­ti­zen­ship in the first ever com­pet­i­tive in­dex on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in Nigeria, by CSR-in-Ac­tion.

In the Cor­po­rate Ci­ti­zen­ship In­dex (3C-in­dex) re­leased on re­cently, a to­tal of 117 pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies raked in the re­port were as­sessed us­ing six rank­ing pil­lars: Hu­man Right, Anti-Cor­rup­tion, Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment, Eco­nomic, Labour and Reporting. The in­dices re­flected how com­pa­nies func­tioned in these ar­eas of de­vel­op­ment.

On a scale of 100 Per cent, Ac­cess Bank scored 83.3Per cent on Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals fo­cus ar­eas to emerge as the best Nige­rian or­gan­i­sa­tion in Cor­po­rate Ci­ti­zen­ship.

To emerge the best com­pany, Ac­cess Bank out­per­formed Nige­rian Bot­tling Com­pany (NBC), Exxon Mo­bil, GT Bank and Proc­ter and Gam­ble (P&G) in the top 5 cat­e­gory.

In a com­ment which was a tacit ac­knowl­edge­ment of the bank’s pi­o­neer­ing role in sus­tain­abil­ity on the African con­ti­nent, CSR-in-Ac­tion, in a state­ment, noted that it was no sur­prised that Ac­cess Bank scored in the high­est in tar­geted com­mu­nity in­vest­ment, es­pe­cially on MDG fo­cus ar­eas with a score of 83.3%.

Speak­ing on the bank’s per­for­mance, its Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Her­bert Wigwe said: “At Ac­cess Bank, we have set for our­selves the am­bi­tious tar­get of be­com­ing the world’s most re­spected African Bank. The Federal Min­istry of Fi­nance Grad­u­ate In­tern­ship Scheme (GIS) has com­menced a three-day ori­en­ta­tion train­ing for in­terns and firms in Jos, Plateau State cap­i­tal.

The train­ing, ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, was meant to en­able in­terns op­ti­mise their in­tern­ship pe­riod by de­vel­op­ing use­ful skills and pos­i­tive work habits, and to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to share ex­pe­ri­ences with other par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing firm rep­re­sen­ta­tives on op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges in the workplace.

The Project Di­rec­tor of GIS, Peter M. Papka, said the scheme trained grad­u­ate in­terns dur­ing their in­tern­ship at the be­gin­ning on work eti­quette, per­sonal ap­pre­ci­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment, im­prov­ing em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills and how to op­ti­mise the in­tern­ship pe­riod. At the end, in­terns are trained on life af­ter in­tern­ship, exit strate­gies and en­trepreneur­ship.

Papka who was rep­re­sented by Ji­moh Fo­la­hanmi at the event, said that Nigeria’s ed­u­ca­tion cur­ric­ula in higher in­sti­tu­tions did not pro­vide for the de­vel­op­ment of workplace skills, adding that largely ac­counted for grad­u­ates un­em­ploy­ment.

In his re­mark, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Jos Busi­ness School, Ezeikel Go­mos, frowned at firms and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the state for not join­ing the scheme, chal­leng­ing grad­u­ates to key in to the pro­gramme as a ma­jor so­lu­tion to their un­em­ploy­ment.

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