Ecobank has donated a brand new four-door ambulance jeep to the government of Liberia to enhance its logistical strength to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia. The Chairperson of the Board of the Bank’s subsidiary in Liberia, Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker, on August 28 presented keys of the ambulance valued nearly US$60,000 to Liberian President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.
“I am pleased to donate this ambulance to the government and people of Liberia. This donation is our [Ecobank] way of shoring up the Liberian government’s effort to fight this deadly disease,” said Mrs. Parker. “We shall do all we can to ensure that Liberia is eventually Ebola-free.”
The donation comes amidst mounting logistical, human resource and financial challenges facing the government to fight the Ebola virus. Making remarks at the ceremony, Ecobank Board Chair Mrs. Clavenda Parker, on behalf of Ecobank Group chief executive officer Mr. Albert Essien and the Ecobank family, commended the government of Liberia for the preventive measures it has put in place to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in the country, and prevent it from escalating further beyond the country’s borders.
She said it is disheartening for Ecobank to sit and watch its Liberian brothers and sisters die in rising numbers on a daily basis. “At Ecobank, we believe strongly in the pan-African spirit. This is our core,” she said adding “this fight against Ebola is a fight for all of us in this country as well as the African continent. We must tackle this onerous challenge together.”
The Ecobank Liberia Board Chair told the public that the Government of Liberia needs all the resources it can get to fight the Ebola disease.
“For our part at Ecobank, as responsible corporate citizens, we cannot sit and allow the government to do it alone,” said Mrs. Parker. In brief remarks, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked Ecobank for the ‘timely’ donation of the ambulance and assured the public that Ebola will be defeated.
“We are very grateful to Ecobank and this is a clear demonstration that the Bank heeded to the government of Liberia’s call on all well-meaning people, businesses, friends and partners to help the government to fight Ebola,” said President Sirleaf.
The Liberian leader recalled Ecobank’s continued contributions towards the rapid development of Liberia and pledged government’s commitment to continuing the path of recovery and economic development of Liberia.
President Sirleaf turned over the ambulance’s keys to the National Coordinator of Ebola Task Force Mr. Dorbor Jallah and instructed him to ensure the items being donated are deployed to help save lives.
“We want to see these contributions deploy as soon as possible and donors must be informed of the deployment,” the President instructed.
She assured the public that the Liberian people will win the war against the Ebola virus. “We are getting there gradually,” she said. Present at the ceremony were Ecobank officials including Board members Charles Ananaba, James Dorbor Jallah and Saah Nyumah.
Also at the ceremony was Ecobank Executive Director Mr. David Thompson, Mr. Steve Howard and head of domestic banking Mrs. Doreen McIntosh, amongst others.