From left: Shola Osho, Head, Alternative Distribution, FBNGI; Festus Izevbizua, Chief Financial Officer, FBNI; Bode Opadokun, Managing Director, FBNGI; Muyiwa Majekodunmi, Admin Manager, Down Syndrome Foundation; Supo Sogelola, Head, Corporate Distribution, FBNI; Elizabeth Agugoh, Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, FBNI; and some children of the Down Syndrome Foundation during the companies’ visit to the Foundation.
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Chuks Udo Okonta
FBNInsurance Limited and FBN General Insurance Limited, today paid a visit to the Down Syndrome Foundation as part of their end of the year appreciation activities.
While receiving the combined team of both companies at the administrative office and resource centre of the Foundation in Lagos, Muyiwa Majekodunmi, the Foundation’s Administrative Manager, thanked the companies for the kind gesture and used the opportunity to enlighten the team about Down Syndrome.
“Down Syndrome is just a freak of nature; it’s a chromosomal defect. Each cell contains 21 chromosomes but for Down Syndrome patients, somewhere along the line during conception, an additional chromosome pops up thus causing the condition.
“These are wonderful kids and the reason why we exist is to act as an advocacy group for them and ensure that they become useful to themselves and the society. We are like that bridge between them and the society,” he said.
He noted that through supports from the public, the Centre which was established 15 years ago, recently bought a 4 bedroom flat at Iju Fagba, Lagos. He told the FBN team that their visit is quite significant, as the centre has concluded plans to insure the facility.
In his response, the Managing Director, FBN General Insurance Limited, Bode Opadokun, appreciated the management of the Foundation and charged them to keep up the good work. “We know something great is happening here and as companies committed to the general upliftmentof the society, we will always do our bit to encourage and support the continuous success of this Foundation,” he posited.
The companies donated various food items, toys, beverages and a cash amount to the management of the Foundation. The items were largely raised through the companies’ annual Staff Gift drive, an in-house scheme that encourages members of staff of both companies to donate various items to a common cause.
FBNInsurance Limited and FBN General Insurance Limited are both FBNHoldings companies associated with the Sanlam Group.