L – R shows Tobi Oyewole, Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Temitayo Ade-Peters, Team Lead, CSR, NSE, presenting Cheque and Food items donated by Employees of The NSE to Chioma Ohakwe representing the Staff and students of Bethesda Home for the Blind as part of NSE Employee Give-Back Initiative aimed at extending a hand of care to the less privileged during festive seasons in Lagos yesterday.
As part of its Employee Give-Back Initiative aimed at extending a hand of care to
the less privileged during festive seasons, employees of The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“NSE” or “Exchange”)
pulled resources together during the year-end festivities to fund specific needs in two charity homes:
Bethesda Home for the Blind, Lagos and Children of Promise Orphanage, Ibadan. These two emerged from a
ballot, following employees’ nomination of deserving charities. The Give-Back initiative is in alignment with
the Exchange’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.
Children of Promise Ministries (CHIPROM) is a non-governmental, non-denominational charitable
organization created specifically to respond to the needs of vulnerable children. They are committed to
instilling hope for a better future for the children in communities across the nation. As a child service
provider, they take seriously the responsibility to ensure a stimulating and nurturing environment for these
children. Their vision is to positively revolutionize the way people think about the plight of children in the
Bethesda Home for the Blind is a voluntary and non-profit organization set up to support physically
challenged persons who are visually-Impaired and helpless. The idea to set up the home stemmed from the
fact that the promoter (Mrs. Ohakwe) has siblings who are visually impaired. This provided her with firsthand
knowledge and understanding of the difficulties the blind go through and the need to give them
compassionate care and protection. They currently care for and sponsor over 150 blind students through
primary to tertiary education.
While presenting the cheque to Bethesda Home for the purchase of cane sticks for 25 visually impaired
students who recently gained admission into the university, and other food items made available through
funds donated by NSE employees, Mr. Olumide Orojimi, Head, Corporate Communications, The Nigerian
Stock Exchange said, “This gesture is part of the annual employee give-back initiative of the NSE. Giving of
money, time and other essentials to the less-privileged is a culture at The NSE. Just as the Exchange, promotes
the welfare of people in its host communities, our employees are always very willing to do the same. We are
very happy to support Bethesda Home and we congratulate you on the admission of 25 of your children into
the university. We feel particularly honoured to provide these cane sticks for these great students at this
time as we believe the canes will aid their movement as they go on their new academic pursuit at the
university”. Second Left, shows Mr. Sunday Idornigie, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Ibadan Branch presenting food items and toiletries donated by Employees of The NSE to Oluwafumilayo Eden, Director, Children of Promise Orphanage as part of NSE Employee Give-Back Initiative aimed at extending a hand of care to the less privileged during festive seasons in Ibadan, Oyo state yesterday.
Mr. Kayode Ogun, Ibadan Branch Manager, who presented food items, other essential toiletries and toys to
Children of Promise Orphanage, Ibadan reiterated that, “The NSE is continually creating robust programmes
to reach out to the often neglected in the communities where we do business. The Give-back initiative is
completely employee driven and it is a testament that employee share the NSE culture on an individual level,
and this shared culture has culminated in the organizational CSR strategy. There is no better time to reach
out to the less privileged than this season of love and we are delighted to share this moment with these
children of promise”.
The Exchange, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy instituted an Employee
Volunteering Scheme and Employee Give-Back Initiative in 2015, to encourage employees to give back to the
community whilst providing them with hands-on experience and the opportunity to make worthwhile
difference to their operating community. For the flagship scheme, the Pacelli School for the Blind and
Partially Sighted Children, Lagos, Heart of Gold Children’s Hospice, Lagos and Regina Mundi Home for the
Elderly, Lagos were chosen as beneficiaries
In 2017, under this scheme, NSE employees donated various food and household items to charities across
the country including The Lagos Food Bank Initiative, Agege, Lagos, Total Parental Guidance Orphanage,
Ibadan, Oyo State and Christian Relief Fund Motherless Babies Home, Obosi, Anambra State, all selected
based on employees nomination and were selected via a random ballot system.
Earlier this year, during the last Easter celebrations, employees of The NSE had come together to donate
money to fund medical bills for 10 children in SOS Children’s Village, Lagos. In the same vein, in line with the
Exchange’s commitment to Financial Literacy, employees volunteered their time teaching students financial
matters during school excursions to the Exchange and at different learning centres all through the year.
The Exchange continues to build a sustainable capital market by championing sustainability along four key
impact areas of Marketplace, its platform for promoting market-based approach to Environmental, Social
and Governance (ESG) imperatives; Community, where the NSE makes contributions to positively impact
lives; Workplace, through which the Exchange facilitates diversity, wellbeing and harnesses the talent and
skills of its people; and the Environment as it focuses on reducing its environmental impact.
About THE NSE
The Nigerian Stock Exchange, a company limited by guarantee, services the largest economy in
Africa and is championing the development of Africa’s financial markets. The Exchange offers listing
and trading services, licensing services, market data solutions, ancillary technology services, and
more. The Nigerian Stock Exchange continues to evolve to meet the needs of its valued customers,
and to achieve the highest level of competitiveness. It is an open, professional and vibrant exchange,
and the Entrepreneurial Growth hub of Africa. The Nigerian Stock Exchange aspires to be Africa’s
foremost securities exchange, connecting Nigeria, with the rest of Africa and the world.