Leading micro finance company, Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has reaffirmed the commitment of the company and its staff to the fight against poverty.
Godwin Ehigiamusoe, who gave the charge at the 2018 staff awards ceremony held in Benin-City noted that the challenges of poverty in the country is enormous and requires the commitment of men and women to address its multi-faceted dimensions.
Ehigiamusoe who said the organization currently has a staff strength of 7,150 added that a total of 407 staff were rewarded for their uncommon commitment and loyalty to the LAPO brand.
While assuring that LAPO, the financial institution is poised to face challenge ahead urged them to make positive mark in their various responsibilities.
“If you look at your right and left, the challenge of poverty is still enormous. Many people as we speak still go about hungry, many women and indeed parents watch their children dying because they cannot afford to provide the financial resources to meet medical services.
” Many of our children would have paid their ways through schools some of them have been at home for five, four to three years without anything to do, and therefore we see that there is so much for us to do in the area of boosting businesses, health services. It is for that reason that in Benin we are capitalizing investing in very huge and sophisticated medical facility that would provide medical services and true outreach programmes to rural communities.
“It is also to be an excellency Centre for cancer screening and treatment in Benin-City. So these are parts of many things we need to still do. What that, therefore means is that all of us and indeed many others who will join as well must redouble our commitment to ensure that the task before us we are able to accomplish them”, he said.
He said the staff are being recognized for twenty to ten years of unbroken services as well as excellence in service delivery awards
Ehigiamusoe, who opined that the pro-poor financial institution has just begun as a development organization, however demanded for constant performance and commitment from the staff.
“LAPO’s exponential growth over the years can be attributed to the commitment of members of staff who go for and near to ensure that the economically active poor enjoy our unique financial products and social empowerment serivices.
“Our people are our best ever asset. They beat the odds, they run with passion. They never rest until lives and businesses are enriched. They never rest until they see that our extensive footprints across Nigeria prompt our name-LAPO- to become a part of life changing conversations in many households”, he added.
Idris Umar Momoh, Benin
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Author: Idris Umar Momoh, Benin