Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LAPO Microfinance Bank, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, has said that his life-time passion is to raise the standard of living of the poor.
Ehigiamusoe won the award of CEO of the Decade, and his outfit, Microfinance Bank of the Year 2020, at the Businessday Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards, last weekend.
Speaking in the aftermath of the honours on Tuesday, Ehigiamusoe said, “Micro-lending has been my life; and I cherish my decision to get involved very early.”
According to him, it gladdens him to see small businesses blossom into big enterprises , having been supported by micro-lending facilities initiated by him and his team.
“The award, you will recall, is in recognition of our strategic positioning of LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited as the largest microfinance bank and most socially impactful microfinance bank in Nigeria,” he enthused.
He said the awards were dedicated to all stakeholders in the finance sector, who included regulators, operators and funders, both past and present.
LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited’s Head of Communications, Oluremi Akande, in a statement, also rejoiced with stakeholders, stating, “LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited has won this award category (The Best Microfinance Bank of the Year) for the seventh consecutive times (2014-2020); a recognition of the Bank’s consistency in the delivery of its promise of social and economic empowerment of members of low-income households and support to owners of Small Medium Enterprises.”
In spite of the unprecedented times, he said, LAPO remains undaunted and committed to its over 30 years’ mandate of improving lives through the provision of easy access to micro-credit and bridging social gaps in a sustainable manner.
This award is dedicated to God, our clients, Board, Management and staff of LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited, he stressed.