First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in partnership with MOD Education, has organised a two-day International English Language Testing System (IELTS) training in Lagos to help candidates seeking globally recognised and approved language skills. It is required to pursue and fulfill academic aspirations in tertiary institutions abroad, and some schools in Nigeria.
Executive Director, Retail Banking at First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mr. Olu Akanmu, while responding to media enquiries, said the Bank was very deliberate in packaging this programme. While commending the effort of the Federal government of Nigeria towards accelerating development in various spheres, he underscored the need to prioritize education as a sector that deserves a very critical and urgent rescue.
Seeing quality education as the fulcrum for true economic reactivation and sustainability, Akanmu said, “the education programme FCMB has partnered with 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 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”.
The sessions which held on the 26th and 29th of June, hosted over 13,000 registered candidates who were in attendance, with thousands outside Lagos who live-streamed to participate in the programme. It featured interactive sessions with leading examiners and experts with decades of experience and information on how to prepare and succeed in the IELTS exams. Education enthusiast and skilled academic trainer, Mr. Dele Owolowo of the International Development Program (IDP) Australia was able to shed
light and proffer solutions in various aspects of the exams that candidates had issues with. He shared necessary tips and techniques required by participants to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in preparation for the exams. Also present to handle sessions, were the Group Operations Manager, MOD Group (owners of MOD IELTS Test Centre), Mr. Farouk Oyebanjo and Head of IELTS Nigeria Operations, Mr. Kazeem Tijani.
One of the participants at the event, Mr. Shola Akinyemi commended FCMB and MOD Education Limited for the opportunity afforded the teeming population among Nigeria’s young people who aspire to go to school and graduate, properly educated and prepared with contemporary learning and productive skills to contribute their own quota towards the nation’s development
Mr. Akinyemi said, “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 exams based on my tight schedule, but FCMB handed this opportunity to me completely free of charge, and on a platter of gold. The consultants who facilitated were very eloquent and understood every aspect that we Nigerians usually have serious challenges with. For this reason, I would like to say a big thank you to FCMB for always being the bank that provides opportunities for Nigerians.”
Another participant, Ms. Adaeze Chukwu stated that, “I am really happy I was able to attend. I set aside the date since the day the event was announced and made up my mind that nothing was going to keep me away. And today, I can confidently say that I am ready to take on the IELTS exams. Thank you FCMB”.
FCMB has explained there are other services available to Nigerians who aspire to study home or abroad. These include- assistance and guidance on admission processes, Study Abroad Loans, Students Living Allowances and Remittance Services. The lender also assists in securing discounted special student travel fares for students traveling abroad, travel insurance and many more. The target, FCMB said is to make the entire experience of studying in another country hassle-free for young Nigerians
FCMB has over the years proved its commitment in the continuous support of the lifestyle of its customers and the provision of ease in all aspects of their concerns. And under its Education Advisory Services unit, the Bank has designed student focused services in form of a partnership with the IDP and IELTS that bridge the gap between access to the best universities in Nigeria and abroad. This Partnership ensures that the candidates know and feel the bank's support every step of the way as they prepare to embark on their journey to take on the world. The bank promises to continue to provide such services and take it to other cities outside Lagos. More detailed information can be readily obtained in all FCMB’s branches nationwide, and on the Bank’s website.