CEM REPORT, EVENTS | The Founder and CEO of Mother Hen Initiative, Hajia Larai Binta Hassan, FCIB has expressed her determination to put in more work in her endeavor being motivated by being able to clinch the highest level of membership of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
Hajia Hassan had her fellowship status conferred on her along with other recipient by the President and Chairman of Council of CIBN in an investiture ceremony that was held on Saturday at the Queens’s Park, Victoria Island
While speaking with CEM Television at the end of the ceremony, Hajia Hassan expressed joy over the award, saying that it is a confirmation that diligence and hard work pays.
“This is an examination we did ten years ago. Receiving this award shows that diligence and hard work pays, I feel so elated and wonderful.
“The fellowship means you are representing the Institute; you should be dedicated to what you are doing and also you should be a mentor to the up-coming ones. That is what is going to encourage me, even in my NGO that I run, am going to make sure that I empower women to be good entrepreneur”; She said.
Speaking more about her NGO, Mother Hen Initiative, Hajia highlighted women empowerment, girl child education and welfare of orphans and the less privileged in the society as their core mandates with a number of outreaches already done.
“We empowered almost 50 women last year in Plateau State, we have done the almajiri underprivileged outreach in Plateau State as well and girl child education empowerment.
We are going to do another round of girl child education empowerment in Abuja in the next 2 months. That is how far we have gone, It’s a lot of work. Anyone that want to join us can do so.”; She said.
On her motivation to setting up and running NGO, Hajia Hassan attributed it to her love for humanity.
“I was motivated to go into setting up NGO because of my love for humanity; the love for women; the love for the girl child. I have seen a number of them suffer. I have seen the girl child that could not go to school because there is no two thousand naira to pay for school fees. I have seen almajiri on the street; how they go to beg for food.
“I had to sit back to think; how will I impact the society? How will I help my community? That is the reason for the NGO”; Hajia Hassan said.
Larai Binta Hassan, FCIB started her working career as a pioneer staff with the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency before joining First Bank in 1995. At First Bank, she served in various roles as Record Officer, Pension Officer, Branch Manager, Business Development Manager and Group Head. She led a number of marketing initiative that impacted the growth of the bank.
She holds B.Sc (Hons) in Sociology and a Masters’ Degree in the same field. She has attended various advanced leadership and strategic courses and serves as a mentor to various staff in the Northern Region and outside the Bank. She retired from the Bank as the Group Head, Norther Central 2.