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FCMB in partnership with firm to boost foreign education


Provides Support for Customers Aspiring to Study Abroad First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in partnership with MOD Education, organized a two-day training on International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in Lagos to help candidates seeking globally recognized and approved language skills. The skill is required to pursue and fulfill academic aspirations in tertiary institutions abroad, and some schools in Nigeria.

The Executive Director, Retail Banking, FCMB, Olu Akanmu, while responding to media inquiries, said the bank was very deliberate in packaging this program and commended government’s efforts towards accelerating development in various spheres, but underscored the need to prioritize education as a sector that deserves a very critical and urgent rescue. “The education program FCMB has partnered MOD to execute, is focused on young people and persons who aspire to study abroad or at some high-quality institutions of international standard in Nigeria. “This begins with the proper and standard acquisition of spoken, written and listening language skills to aid the process of admission and provide ease in learning. The exercise is part of FCMB’s commitment towards the Nation’s social and economic development through quality education.

“Immediate beneficiaries are children of FCMB’s customers and the Bank’s young customers who aspire to pursue their studies abroad or in any indigenous Higher Institution of international standard”, he said. The training sessions hosted over 13,000 registered candidates who were in attendance, with thousands outside Lagos who live-streamed to participate in the program. Education enthusiast and skilled academic trainer, Dele Owolowo of the International Development Program (IDP), Australia, proffered solutions to various aspects of the examinations that candidates had issues with.

One of the participants at the event, Shola Akinyemi, commended FCMB and MOD Education Limited for the opportunity, saying: “To be sincere, I’ve always wondered if I would ever get the opportunity to attend any form of class or training before attempting the IELTS examinations based on my tight schedule, but FCMB handed this opportunity to me completely free of charge. Another participant, Ms. Adaeze Chukwu, added: “I am really happy I was able to attend. I set aside the date since the day the event was announced. Today, I can confidently say that I am ready to take on the IELTS examinations. Thank you FCMB”.

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