By G9ija

First City Monument Bank (FCMB), in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF) of India, has carried out free eye surgeries, correctional testing and provided glasses to over 300,000 Nigerians.

The support came under the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, tagged Priceless Gift of Sight.

Of this, the sight of almost 17,000 visually impaired Nigerians have been restored through surgeries, while the rest underwent tests to correct various eye defects and also received glasses.

The yearly intervention, which started in 2009, has helped in providing free testing, surgeries and glasses in partnership with TCF in Kebbi, Cross River, Imo, Abuja, Katsina and Adamawa states.

The FCMB Priceless Gift of Sight initiative has also raised awareness on the problems of cataract in Nigeria.

The bank’s support to address the problem has gone a long way to improve the socio-economic well-being of the beneficiaries and their respective families.

Also, the programme serves as an avenue for indigenous medical and para-medical personnel to build their capacity.

The Group Head, Corporate Affairs, FCMB,  Diran Olojo, explained that the programme is a key aspect of the bank’s CSR initiatives.

“The importance of sight to the well-being of an individual and nation cannot be under-estimated. We are proud to sustain the execution of this initiative with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, because it has continued to positively touch and transform the lives of thousands of people, homes, businesses and the entire society. There is no gift in the world better than giving sight to the visually impaired.

“We believe that all communities in which we operate should benefit from our presence through our contribution to their sustainable development. We hope to extend this programme to more communities and states soon,’’ he said.

The Chief Operating Officer of Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, Mr. Shravan Kasam, said: “FCMB has been a long-standing partner with TCF under the Mission for Vision programme across Nigeria. The continued partnership for over a decade reiterates the bank’s commitment to the society and is best demonstrated by the Gift of Sight to those who would have avoidably gone blind in their lifetime.

“The interest shown by FCMB in the programme and the impact on beneficiaries are highly commendable. The need to address avoidable visual impairment in Nigeria is huge. We look forward to scaling up the programme and bringing the benefits to many more who are in need.”