.Integrity Our Watchword, Says Akinreti
By Ajibola Abayomi,
February 27, 2018.
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has pledged support for the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Chapter.
The bank made commitment to back the Union activities as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility aimed at strengthening journalism in the nation.
Group Corporate Affairs of FCMB, Mr Diran Olojo gave the assurances on Tuesday when a delegation of the Lagos State NUJ led by the Council’s chairman, Dr Qasim Akinreti paid a courtesy call on the management of the establishment at its Corporate Headquarters at Marina, Lagos.
Receiving the delegation, Olojo described the visit as extension of hands of fellowship to the bank saying: “Your visit today is a noble one which we hold in high esteem as an extension of hands of fellowship.”
He said FCMB was ready to partner with the Lagos NUJ by sponsoring some of its key programmes that would impact positively on Journalists and urge the Union not to hesitate to request for support henceforth.
“We believe in the Nigerian media. We have been contributing to the progress of both the traditional and digital media in many ways because their activities have direct bearing on our business.
“Your presence here today is unique and very unusual. We are encouraged because it shows that you not only recognize us but you also believe in what we are doing. As bankers, trust to us is an emotional bank account.
“Our customer relations speak volume of the quality of services we have been rendering to Nigerians and we are willing to do more. Trust us we will always be there for you.
Stating the purpose of the visit, Dr Akinret praised the FCMB for reaching out to the media by sponsoring training programmes for journalists, said the Union identified the bank as a viable establishment worthy of partnering on the Nigeria project.
He explained that the Union was keen to restore and maintain its integrity through professionalism by stamping out yellow journalism at all levels. The chairman said the Union was focusing on four keys areas to partner with bank he listed as professionalism, investment, training and welfare.
“We have come to seek symbiotic relationship that will translate into integrity of both parties. Nigeria media is undergoing facing challenges which are products of larger economic issues confronting the country but through partnership, both the NUJ and FCMB can make a lot of differences.
“The reality of the situation today is that the media through the NUJ in Lagos is thinking of diversification in the areas of agriculture, transportation and other engagements. In these regards, we are aware of the need to retrain our members to refocus their energies, so we need your support.
“Apart from these, it may interest you to note that the NUJ now have a data base through which identity of many media practitioners can be verified and sanctions will be applied where necessary if any one deliberately undermines the integrity of the media profession. You may be aware that we have collapsed all the beat associations so please extend your training programmes to reach other journalists outside finance beat.
“At the level of Lagos NUJ, we are determined to strengthen relationship with the FCMB by adding value to the quality services you render. Be assured that we are entrenching professionalism in our members that will rob off on their dealings with your organization.”