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The Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Frema Akosua Osei Opare, has commended United Bank for Africa for donating a total amount of $350,000 (GHS1,925,000) to the government to support the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mrs. Osei Opare was speaking at a short presentation ceremony at the Jubilee House when senior executives of the Bank called on the Office of the President to make the donation.
She noted that “the coronavirus pandemic presents a worrying phenomenon which has necessitated the President making some tough decisions but which has been received well by all including church leaders, market traders, transporters etc to support the actions put in place by the President”.
She acknowledged that the donation would go a long way to support the purchase of necessary materials and logistics to support the fight against the disease, which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.
The Chief of Staff was full of praise for the United Bank for Africa and sent appreciation to UBA Ghana and UBA Plc for the support not only to Ghana but the rest of Africa and prayed for God’s blessings for all.
Making the presentation, a Non-Executive Director of UBA Ghana, Kwamena Bartels, commended the leadership of the President and the actions put in place by government to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
He applauded the bold steps and initiatives taken to protect the citizenry and the economy from the effect of the pandemic.
Mr Bartels, who was in the company of the Country MD/CEO, Isong Udom, said “the United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited (UBA) is moved by the actions of the Government of Ghana and is hereby donating a total amount of US$350,000, out of which US$75,000 has already been donated through the Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB)”.
He added that the donation by UBA Ghana through the UBA Foundation is the single largest donation so far by a corporate body in Ghana, demonstrating the bank’s commitment to support in critical moments and that “we are not only interested in profit but to also help our people when the need arises”.
On his part, the MD/CEO of UBA Ghana said UBA is committed to supporting the nation during these challenging times.
He disclosed that “UBA Plc (our parent company) has earmarked an amount of $14million to support the fight against the pandemic in Africa as a Corporate Social Responsibility”.