Sterling Bank has bagged the special recognition award for tourism support for its intervention in the tourism industry in 2020.
A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the bank’s chief operating officer (COO) of Strategic Effects Limited, Friday Atufe, indicated that it bagged the award at this year’s edition of the Nigeria Tourism Awards, also known as The Balearica Awards.
The statement also quoted the chief executive officer (CEO) of Balearica Awards, Efetobo byAwhana, as acknowledging the bank’s deliberate intervention in the tourism industry in 2020 during the award presentation.
“Last year, immediately after the Covid-19 induced lockdown was lifted, Sterling Bank pledged N10 billion as an intervention fund for the domestic tourism sector.
“The bank’s CEO, Abubakar Suleiman, committed the funds while addressing players in the tourism value chain at a session organised by the Nigerian Tourism Corporation (NTDC) on reimagining tourism. Months after, the Osun state government honoured the bank with the Institution Award of Excellence for its role in the accelerated delivery of the Osun Sterling Tourism vision 30-30 and master plan,” he said.
Receiving the award, the bank’s divisional head, retail and consumer banking, Shina Atilola, expressed delight that the sector recognised, rewarded, and celebrated the bank’s commitment to tourism development.
“At Sterling Bank, we believe the private sector should support the government’s effort to enhance the quality of life of the people, creating jobs, and a future of shared prosperity for all,” he said.
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