A Lagos State National Youth Service Corps member, Lilian Okafor, who served in Wema Bank, has distinguished herself in her community development service, by building and donating the first community primary school in the Agodo Alara community in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The outstanding corps member, who achieved this historic feat in Lagos State with the ardent support of Wema Bank and others philanthropists has equally been rewarded with an automatic employment in the 66 year old bank, in line with Wema’s policy of identifying and rewarding excellence.
Speaking at the well attended commissioning of the building in Lagos yesterday, Governor Babatunde Raji Fasola, represented by the Ex-Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Hon. Kaoli Olusanya, advised all corps members to always see opportunity to excel in every challenge as Lilian has done.
Segun Oloketuyi, MD/CEO Wema Bank, who was present at the event as the special guest of honour, commended the effort of the facilitator for the positive image she had given the bank via the project and pledged additional support of the bank to the project. To express the bank’s delight towards the commendable effort of the outgoing corps member, he also announced an automatic employment for Lilian in the bank.
The NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, Mr. Ladipo Olaniyan, represented by Mrs. Victoria Akinlere, Assistant Director, NYSC Zone C, gave an emotional welcome address as she reminisces on the journey that culminated into the commissioning of the building. He used the occasion to further reiterate his believe in the NYSC scheme and the commitment of the NYSC to national integration. He stressed that NYSC should be strengthened rather than being scrapped as recently canvassed in the country.
On his part, the Oba of Ikorodu, Dr. Salau- Oyefusi, OON, ably represented by his wife, Olori Muhibat Oyefusi, praised Miss Okafor for her doggedness, visionary attitude, passion and commitment to education that led to the start and finishing of the project. He however urged the community leaders, corporate bodies and well meaning individuals to emulate the action of the 24 year old graduate of geology and mining from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. “What Lilian has done for the community is a challenge to you community leaders. If a non indigene from the South-East, on a visit to the community, spotted a need and gave her all to ensure that children of this community no longer suffer, then the community leaders need to ensure the project does not fail” he said.
Established in 1945, Wema Bank, Nigeria’s most resilient and longest surviving indigenous bank is steadily repositioning itself to become a model for relationship banking in Nigeria.