L-R: Mr. Haruna Jalo-Waziri, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Central Securities Clearing System Plc receiving the Golisano Health Leadership Award 2020 from Mr. John Momoh.

Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc, Nigeria’s capital market infrastructure, bagged the prestigious Golisano Health Leadership Award 2020, a premium recognition of its significant contributions to Special Olympics’ Health programmes and the promotion of equal access to healthcare, wellness, and fitness for people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) in Nigeria.

The Golisano Health Leadership Award is the highest honour that Special Olympics awards to health partners who are on the frontlines of bringing essential health care services to people with Intellectual Disabilities.

Commenting on the award, the Chief Executive Officer of CSCS Plc, Mr. Haruna Jalo-Waziri who received the award said: “this award is a great honour, a privileged recognition of our commitment to human welfare, especially amongst one of the most important segments of the society, people with intellectual disabilities, who have consistently made this country proud through their dedication to excellence. Being an integral part of our business sustainability principles, we take seriously our social responsibility, as we believe in the mutual prosperity of our communities. We would continue to invest in the socio-economic wellbeing of our society, with particular interest in ensuring everyone, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, race as well as physical and intellectual ability, has access to basic and required healthcare.”

Mr. Jalo-Waziri added that, “People with intellectual disabilities are an important part of our society and we must give them equal opportunity and indeed all relevant support to fulfill their aspirations. We are proud of the Special Olympics and we would sustain our partnership with this incredible not-for-profit organization which is uplifting the standards of living of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to discover their unique capabilities, providing the platform for realizing their dreams and giving hope to these specially talented fellows in the society. The well-documented successes of the Special Olympics are impressive, and it is a pride to be part of this humanitarian service to our society.

“We will continue to promote inclusion and acceptance of individuals with intellectual disabilities, as they deserve to be valued, respected, and fully integrated into all aspects of our social and economic institutions. This award is a call to service, not just for CSCS Plc to do more but to also encourage our partners, stakeholders and indeed everyone in our network to support healthcare and general wellbeing of people in our society, especially those with intellectual disabilities and other similar limitations. I use this opportunity to thank the Board of Directors of CSCS Plc, whose leadership and oversight remain the bedrock of our partnership with Special Olympics”.

The Golisano Health Leadership Awards were launched in September 2016 to recognize individuals and organizations that further the cause of Special Olympics and improve access to health care, fitness, and wellness programmes for people with intellectual disabilities. The awards are Special Olympics’ highest honour for health partners. Honourees are individuals and organizations that are shining examples of how health programmes can be successfully implemented in communities.

The Awards recognize their extensive work and progress for: increasing access to essential health care, improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities, and advancing the year-round health work of Special Olympics.

CSCS is at the forefront of giving back to the society and making positive contributions in the community. The company launched the “Care for the Littles Heroes” in 2015, an initiative aimed at reaching out to children living with various disabilities.