The First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Plc, on Thursday signed a partnership with the Azuri Technologies to provide solar energy solution for the low income areas.
The FBN Deputy Managing Director, Mr Gboye Shobo, said in Lagos that the partnership was aimed at proffering solutions to one of the major challenges facing the country today.
Shobo said that the challenge was delivering power to millions of Nigerians; while at the same time enabling access to financial services in rural and low income areas.
According to him, financial inclusion is a priority to First Bank.
“This is why we are excited about this partnership; because our customers will be able to access a wide range of services that address real problem of access to power.
”Partnership with Azuri Technologies is one out of several of First Bank’s partnerships.
”We have a track record of partnering with individuals and institutions to help meet the needs of our customers (children, women, youth, SMEs) and promote sustainable development in our host communities.
”Our partnerships cut across the Arts, Sports, Education, Health, among others; First Bank has been at the forefront in ensuring ease of banking and convenience for its customers.
”Our Agent Banking Network (Firstmonie Agent) and digital banking offerings like Chat Banking on Whatsapp, FirstMobile app, Firstonline, and USSD banking, are some of the channels we have put in place to make this happen.
”We are, therefore, very excited about the First Bank-Azuri partnership and the positive boost it aims to bring to the nation’s economy through inclusive services.
”Indeed, this is part of First Bank’s 125 year-long passion for partnerships that are woven into the fabric of society,” he said.
Also, Mr Simon Bransfield-Garth, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Azuri Technologies, said that the company “is a leader in pay-as-you-go solar technology”.
Bransfield-Garth said: “Azuri brings affordable, modern consumer goods and services to the millions in sub-Saharan Africa without access to conventional power.
”Of the one billion people who lack access to electricity around the world, over 600 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.
”Pay-as-you-go solar power is connecting off-grid households to the modern digital world.
”From home lighting to satellite TV, Azuri-designed solutions deliver world class performance at an affordable price for customers who live away from mains power.
”Azuri’s vision is to create a level playing field where all consumers can access and benefit from the digital economy, wherever they live.”