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FCMB, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation restore sight of over 2,000 in Kebbi

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First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF) have restored the sight of over 2,000 visually impaired people in Kebbi State, Nigeria. The beneficiaries received free eye testing, optical services, surgeries, glasses, and other preventive/corrective treatments for various eye defects.

The initiative is part of FCMB’s Priceless Gift of Sight programme, which has been running for 14 years in partnership with TCF. The programme aims to prevent avoidable blindness and restore the sight of disadvantaged and lower-income Nigerians.

Cross section of beneficiaries of the Priceless Gift of Sight initiative sponsored by FCMB in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation during the Community Outreach programme held in Kebbi state recently.

Speaking at the outreach programme in Kebbi, FCMB’s Group Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Diran Olojo, said: “Visual impairment is a disability that often leads to reduced access to information, mobility, loss of income, and decreased quality of life. It robs most of its victims of productivity. As a result, they will likely be unable to make ends meet for themselves and their families, fuelling poverty.”

From left: Ayokunle Odewumi, CSR & Sustainability Officer, First City Monument Bank (FCMB); Mr. Samaila Ton, Representative of the Director General, State Security Service, Kebbi State; Alhaji Mohammed Argungu, Representative of the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State; Mr. Chandrakant Deshpande, Programme Manager, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF); Alhaji Haruna Bashar, District Head of Raha Community; Mr. Omoniyi Iyanda, Head, CSR & Sustainability, FCMB; Alhaji Buhari Mohammed, Former Deputy Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly; Dr. Mahesh Raokhande, Ophthalmic Surgeon; Alhaji Atiku Kurya, Member , Kebbi State House of Assembly and Mr. Musa Isah – Branch Manager, Birnin Kebbi, FCMB, during the Community Outreach programme of the Priceless Gift of Sight initiative sponsored by the Bank in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation held in Kebbi state recently.

Mr Olojo further stated that FCMB is proud that its Priceless Gift of Sight programme is bridging the gap, preventing avoidable blindness, and restoring the sight of disadvantaged Nigerians. He said that the bank will continue to support initiatives that ensure accessible healthcare for all Nigerians, regardless of their background, in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 – Good Health and Well-Being and 10 – Reduced Inequalities.

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The Governor of Kebbi State, Comrade Nasiru Idris, commended FCMB and TCF for being responsive and sustaining the programme in the last 14 years. The governor, whom his Deputy, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, represented, assured that the state government would continue to welcome organisations and non-governmental bodies willing to contribute to the health and social well-being of the people.

Cross section of beneficiaries of the Priceless Gift of Sight initiative sponsored by FCMB in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation during the Community Outreach programme held in Kebbi state recently.

On his part, the Programme Manager of TCF, Mr. Chandarkne Deshpande, also thanked FCMB for sponsoring the programme since 2009. He said: “Our partnership with FCMB has been a very healthy relationship. We have reached over 350,000 people across Nigeria, providing free testing, optical services, surgeries, glasses, and eye disease management. Through this, we have been able to turn around the lives of people for the better.”

Cross section of beneficiaries of the Priceless Gift of Sight initiative sponsored by FCMB in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation during the Community Outreach programme held in Kebbi state recently.

This initiative by FCMB and TCF is an excellent example of how businesses can positively impact society. By providing free eye care services to people in need, FCMB and TCF are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Nigerians and make a real difference in their communities.