LAPO rewards 105 workers for excellence
The Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), and LAPO Micro finance Bank, yesterday celebrated no fewer than 105 members of staff for their dedication and commitment to work in the 2015 Staff Award Presentation ceremony.
In his welcome address, Founder and Managing Director/CEO, LAPO MfB, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe said the award presentation to over 105 of its staff, in the Long service Award and High Performance award category was to recognize and celebrate outstanding and committed people across the various organizations within the LAPO System.
Ehigiamusoe, who described Performance recognition as a vital part of any dynamic, vibrant and growing organization, said acknowledgment and celebration of contributions of staff promotes the values of hard work, excellence, discipline, ingenuity and dedication to duty.
He said the growth of LAPO is largely hinged on the commitment and dedication of staff members who traverse rural communities and urban areas to improve the lives of fellow Nigerians with LAPO’s innovative financial and social empowerment services.
Ehigiamuoe who noted that the client base of LAPO Microfinance Bank has rose from 1,414,964 in 2014 to 2,073,879 in 2015, an annual growth rate of 46.57 percent, added that the number of Nigerians and Sierra Leoneans who directly access a range of its services is in excess of 2.5 million and another 15 Million indirectly benefit as dependants of LAPO clients and staff.
“ These accomplishments are remarkable especially in a challenging environment where many microfinance banks and institutions are recording negative growth. As a regulated financial institution, LAPO MfB provides opportunity for people to save.”
“Lift Above Poverty Organization compliments our financial services with the provision of Health and Social empowerment services to clients. In 2015 alone, LAPO empowered 586,213 women and other vulnerable population in target communities.”Ehigiamusoe stated.
He said, LAPO’s success is anchored on the dedication and commitment of staff, adding that a total of 105 staff members who have put in between 10 to 20 years were been rewarded in the Long service Awards with Eight and two others, recipients of Best Credit Staff Award and Best Non-Credit Staff Awards respectively.