By Morrison O.G Sayon
As the fight against the vicious Ebola virus disease gains momentum in Liberia, the United Bank for Africa has made additional donation of US$300,000 to the Government of Liberia to intensify the fight against the virus.
UBA yesterday presented to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf a cheque of US$300,000 in continued support of the fight against Ebola. Making the presentation, the Managing Director/CEO of United Bank for Africa (Liberia) Limited, Mrs. Chioma Mang disclosed that the presence of the bank at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in strong show of solidarity with the Government of Liberia in the fight against the unwanted visitor to West Africa, the Ebola virus.
Madam Mang noted that in September; when the bank made a donation of a brand new truck to support the logistics of the Ebola Response Team, they assured President Sirleaf that the bank will continue to observe the situation and present themselves as reliable partner in this war. “It is our belief in UBA, driven by the strong passion of the Chairman of the Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu, that Africans should lead the way for solutions to Africa’s problems,” Mang intimated.
She added that UBA, an indigenous Pan African Bank, has shown strong commitment to the countries of Ebola Hot Spots where they do business. Accordingly Madam Mang noted, “We have remained open for business in the respective countries including Liberia even at the peak of the epidemic. In all our offices in Liberia, the customers and staff were recognized as priority, and measures swiftly put in place, at the outbreak of the disease, in addition to the measures advised by your government.We are pleased to inform you, that to date all our staff and customers are safe to the glory of the Almighty God.”
The UBA boss re-assured President Sirleaf that the bank is in the country to stay, no matter what the country is going through and will support the well-meaning efforts of the President’s administration in rebuilding and repositioning Liberia. “We will stand with you. Our commitment to Africa’s long-term progress is engraved in our DNA and is irrevocable. In August 2014, the chairman of our Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu, made a total donation of USD 600,000.00 to the Ebola afflicted countries in West Africa including Liberia through the Tony Elumelu Foundation. That came as one of the earliest responses from any private sector organization/individual,” she stated further.
“In fulfillment of our promise to you and as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility to Liberia, we are pleased to make a further donation of US$300,000 in support of the fight against the EVD and its total eradication from Liberia. In addition, UBA is offering its unique payment solutions to the government of Liberia, the UBA African powered by VISA Prepaid card, to alleviate the problems encountered in making payments of salaries and allowances to the numerous health workers in the country,” Madam Mang informed the Liberian leader.
Among other things, she concluded that this allows the salaries and allowances to be uploaded to the Prepaid Salary Cards which the beneficiaries can use to access cash from their ATMs and Point of Sale (POS) machines deployed strategically in Monrovia and beyond.
Receiving the cheque, Pres. Sirleaf lauded the Board, Management and staff of UBA and reminded them that Liberia and Nigeria have a longstanding relationship. Pres. Sirleaf said the rate of the Ebola virus is taking a downward trend as a result of government’s strong response and the commitment and resilience of the citizens themselves.
The Liberian leader informed the UBA family that Liberia is beginning to get its productive sector ready again and that the government is preparing to begin the development of its agricultural sectors and infrastructural developments.
By Morrison O.G Sayon