By Stellamarris Ashinze (NAN)
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, last
Thursday signed a partnership with the Azuri Technologies to provide solar
energy solution for the low-income areas.
The Deputy Managing Director of the
Bank, Mr. Gbenga Shobo, said in Lagos that the partnership was aimed at
proffering solutions to one of the major challenges facing the country today.
Shobo, represented by Tunde Owolabi, the
Bank’s Group Executive, Retail Banking Group, Lagos & West, said that the
focus is delivering power to millions of Nigerians; while at the same time
enabling access to financial services in rural and low-income areas.
According to him, financial inclusion is
a priority to FirstBank. “This is why we are excited about this partnership;
because our customers will be able to access a wide range of services that
address the real problem of access to power.
”This partnership with Azuri
Technologies is one out of several of FirstBank’s partnerships. We have a track
record of partnering with individuals and institutions to help meet the needs
of our customers (children, women, youth, SMEs) and promote sustainable
development in our host communities. Our partnerships cut across the Arts,
Sports, Education, Health, among others; FirstBank has been at the forefront in
ensuring ease of banking and convenience for its customers.
”Our Agent Banking Network (Firstmonie
Agent) and digital banking offerings like Chat Banking on Whatsapp, FirstMobile
app, Firstonline, and USSD banking, are some of the channels we have put in
place to make this happen. We are therefore, very excited about the
FirstBank-Azuri partnership and the positive boost it aims to bring to the
nation’s economy through inclusive services.”
”Indeed, this is part of FirstBank’s 125
year-long passion for partnerships that are woven into the fabric of society,”
Also, Mr Simon Bransfield-Garth, the
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Azuri Technologies, said that the company
“is a leader in pay-as-you-go solar technology”.
Bransfield-Garth said: “Azuri brings
affordable, modern consumer goods and services to the millions in sub-Saharan
Africa without access to conventional power.
”Of the one billion people who lack access
to electricity around the world, over 600 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. Pay-as-you-go
solar power is connecting off-grid households to the modern digital world. From
home lighting to satellite TV, Azuri-designed solutions deliver world class performance
at an affordable price for customers who live away from mains power.”
”Azuri’s vision is to create a level
playing field where all consumers can access and benefit from the digital
economy, wherever they live” he concluded.