Accra, July 13, GNA – Ecobank Ghana in collaboration with Ecobank Transitional Incorporated (ETI) as part of its Corporate Social Responsility (CSR) programme has donated 200,000 United States dollars to the Children's Block of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The donation was made as part activities marking the official commissioning ceremony of the merger between Ecobank Ghana and The Trust Bank in Accra.
Mr Arnold Ekpe, Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Group, who made the donation, said the amount was earmaked for the provision of special machines and equipment that are needed by the Hospital and to “give a facelift to parts of the children's block that has not seen renovations for decades.”
He said Ecobank's CSR policy was focuses on mainly on Health, Education, the underprivileged, employment generation and environment adding that the donation was part of the bank's larger vision of “building a World class Pan African Bank and contributing to the economic and financial development of Africa.”
Mr Ekpe said Ecobank has recently donated to various institutions including SIFE Ghana, Ghana National Trust Fund, Ghana Business Coalition against HIV/AIDS, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Blind Union and Ghana Heart Foundation as a way of giving back to society and the general communities within its catchment areas.
“It will recalled that Ecobank Ghana on June 5 presented 1,270 varieties of seedlings and various kind of implements worth GHÈ¼10,000 to the Prampram Senior High School and joined the students and staff of the school to plant the seedlings during Word Environment Day.” He said.
Professor Bamenla Goka, Head of Department of Child Health of the Korle-Bu Hospital who recieved the cheque on behalf Hospital, said “this is the biggest donation to the children block of the Hospital.”
She said the money would be used for its intended purpose saying “I hope Ecobank would remember of the Hospital again sometime next year as they planned for the CSR budget.”
Prof Goka thanked Ecobank for the gesture and called on other banks and institutions to emulate the love and passion Ecobank has shown towards the development of child health in the Ghana.
Ecobank Ghana was incorporated on January 9 1989 as a private limited liability to engage business on banking and was initially licensed to operate as a merchant bank by the Bank of Ghana on November same year.
It however commenced business on Febuary 1990 and following the introduction of Universal Banking by the Bank of Ghana, the bank became the first bank to be granted the universal banking license from the Bank of Ghana.