David K. Thompson, Acting Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia, has reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to work with the government to ensure that the lives of ordinary people are improved by providing them quality services, including educational systems.
Mr. Thompson made the remark yesterday at the program marking the official turning over of the renovated Nathaniel Varney (N.V) Massaquoi Elementary and Junior High School, located in West Point.
The school was renovated by Ecobank through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, to ensure that students have a good learning environment.
The entity’s Acting Managing Director defines education as the bedrock of every country’s development; and as such, requires the involvement of all stakeholders.
He said as part of the bank’s CSR, the management went around looking at various institutions to help, but at the end N.V Massaquoi School was selected based on its previous condition.
Mr. Thompson said the entire building was in a deplorable condition, including the roof, and the bank saw the need to help.
“So, renovating this building today would help your to learn in a good environment, but my challenge to you is to study hard because we have created the environment for you.
“We want you to learn and develop Liberia, because we are already working with the government to make Liberia a great place, so that the country will develop and we will make more profit and put it back into the country,” the Ecobank Acting MD told the students.
He reminded the gathering that community services is one of the bank’s major strongholds and not just making a profit as an organization, adding: “whatever we get from the community, we make sure that we gave back to them through CSR.”
Mr. Thompson recalled that renovating the school is not the first, because Ecobank has previously renovated other schools, including New Kru Town Junior High.
“So, Ecobank does not play with it community service program and would like to encourage you to take advantage of this environment and look forward to make hundred percent pass in next year’s WAEC,” said Thompson.
He meanwhile called on school administrators and students to take good care of the building.
For her part, Roseline N. Sherman, Assistant Superintended, who spoke on behalf of government particularly the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), expressed gratitude to the Ecobank family for the project, and assured that the government will cooperate to ensure that students get better education.
Madam Sherman pledged government’s support, particularly for the MCSS to work with Ecobank to grow, because as citizens of the country they are feeling the impact of the bank.
The students, who were happy for the school, also expressed gratitude to the Ecobank family for the renovation of their school.