In fulfillment of a promise made to government and in furtherance of its corporate social responsibility to the country, the United Bank of Africa (UBA) Liberia has donated an additional US$300,000.00 to the national Ebola Task Force headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The bank, through its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Madam Chioma Mang, said that the fund was intended to help eradicate the Ebola virus from the country.
CEO Mang made the presentation to President Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia yesterday. Also in attendance were Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie and scores of UBA officials.
The CEO reassured President Sirleaf and Liberians that UBA is here to stay, no matter what the country is going through. “We will support the well-meaning efforts of your administration in rebuilding and repositioning Liberia. We will stand with you.”
As an indigenous Pan African Bank, UBA has shown strong commitment to the countries of the Ebola “hot spots” where they do business. The bank has also remained open for business in the respective countries including Liberia, even at the peak of the crisis.
UBA made an initial donation of a brand new truck to support the logistics of the Ebola Response Team. The Chairman of UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, through his foundation, in August also made a donation of US$600,000.00 to affected countries. This came as one of the earliest responses from any private sector organization or individual to the crisis.
“It is our belief in UBA, driven by the strong passion of the Chairman of the UBA Group, Tony O. Elumelu, that Africans should lead the way for solution to Africa’s problems.
“Commitment to Africa’s long-term progress is engraved in the UBA’s DNA and is irrevocable,” Madam Mang said during the presentation ceremony.
“While we commend all previous donors, both local and international, we call strongly on corporate Africa not to relent, but continue their donations in the fight against the ‘unwanted visitor to West Africa’,” said Madam Mang.
President Sirleaf commended the Bank and said that Liberia could not have achieved the level of progress now without support and partnership, “especially from our African brothers and sisters like UBA.”
She said the bank’s chairman, Tony Elumelu, has been of great help to Liberia through his partnership and has for a long time expressed interest in Liberia’s growth and potentials.
She used the opportunity to remind the UBA’s top management of the post-Ebola reconstruction era as financial institutions partnering with Liberia will be greatly needed in this direction.
President Sirleaf encouraged the bank and other financial institutions to begin planning for the post-Ebola economic revitalization which she said will focus on agriculture and macro-finance.
The Liberian leader acknowledged President Good-Luck Jonathan of Nigeria, who she said was the first to commit support to affected countries, an initiative she said corporate Nigeria began to emulate.
Ambassador Chigozie Obi-Nnagozie commended the Liberian government for being committed to the process of saving lives. She said, “I’m pleased to see what has happened here, which is in support of your tenacious leadership, Madam President. Nigeria is with Liberia.”
Ambassador Nnagozie indicated that whatever affects Liberia also affects Nigeria, and as such the latter will also be in the position to help the former.
Meanwhile, UBA has offered its Unique Payment Solution (UPS), the UBA Africard Powered by VISA Prepaid Card to the government of Liberia. This, the bank said, would help to alleviate the problems encountered in making payments of salaries and allowances to the numerous healthcare workers in the country.
The new UPS allows the salaries and allowances to be uploaded to the Prepaid Salary Card which the beneficiaries can use to access cash from the bank’s Automatic Transfer Machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (POS) machines deployed strategically in Monrovia and around the country.