HERITAGE Bank Limited has
partnered with Generation Next,
a-non-governmental organisation
to prepare over 1, 500 secondary
school students for leadership role
that will take Nigeria to greater
heights in the future.
The programme, themed:
“Raising Emotionally Intelligent
Generation,” held in Lagos
yesterday, spanned digital
knowledge, career, education and
confidence bulding for students in
the age brackets of nine to 17 years
from Command Day Secondary
School, Ikeja; Vivian Fowler
Memorial College for Girls; Ifako
International Schools, Iju Road,
Ifako-Ijaiye; The African Church
Model College, Agege and Baptist
Boys Academy, Obanikoro among
others.
Speaking on the importance of
savings, Mrs. Cynthia Erigbuem,
Group Head, Market Intelligence
and Analytics of Heritage Bank,
noted that inculcating savings
culture at an early age in children
was very important because
sometimes they might have ideas
but if they had not put aside
money, they would not be able to
bring it to reality.
She enjoined them to tell their
parents to open savings accounts
with Heritage Bank for them so
that they would be able to save
significant amount of money
before they would reach 20 years
of age and thereby be able to bring
their dreams and ideas to life.
Erigbuem told the students that
when they saved money with the
bank, they would earn interest on
the savings and the sky would be
their limit by the time they come
of age.
The convener of the programme,
Mrs. Olufunke Fajuyigbe in
her remarks said the essence of
Generation Next is to prepare
the youths for a new Nigeria,
remarking that the youths are the
only people can make a new better
Nigeria.
She said they had specifically
selected children in the age
bracket of nine to 17 years, which
is a critical age bracket for every
country, adding that the colour,
the picture and the greatness of
the country depends on them
and enjoins them to open their
minds so that they can be the voice
representing the next generation.
Also speaking, Professor
Anthony Kila, Director of Studies
at ECAPS in Cambridge, The
European Centre of Advanced and
Professional Studies, advised the
organisers to hold the programme
twice yearly, one for parents and
the other for students in a bid to
achieve the objective.
Kila who said emotion denotes
feeling, enjoined the students to
understand the feelings of their
parents and their own and break
the bridge between them with
effective communication.
He said the most precious thing
in life is information and this
generation is the most privileged
in the history of mankind, because
this is the first time that there is so
much information available to the
world.
The professor promised
the students that discerning
ones among them would join
other students in the world in
Cambridge, the United Kingdom
to write an essay on “The
Cambridge Experience,” the role
of the most emotionally intelligent
people in the generation next
and the winners would win the
Anthony Kila’s prize of $300.
In his contribution, Mr. Taiwo
Kola-Ogunlade, Manager,
Communications & Public Affairs
for Google West Africa exposed
the students to how they could use
Google to obtain any information
they needed on the internet
and promised to expose five of
them from the programme to the
international community in the
area of computer science.
Miss Atiku Nafisat Emmanuella,
a young legal practitioner, talked
on purpose and leadership,
remarking that purpose can be
defined as the reason for doing a
thing. It is the reason for existence
and it is the reason for any
mission, while the leadership can
be defined as taking responsibility
to solve a problem.

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