Employees of the Risk Function Unit at Absa Bank Ghana have donated essential items and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ghana Prisons Service’s Senior Correctional Centre, formerly known as the Borstal Institute for Juveniles, to support the Centre’s measures taken in the fight against COVID-19.
The items donated were worth GH¢10,000 and included Veronica buckets, nose masks, bundles of tissue paper, gallons of hand-sanitiser and liquid soap, as well as soft drinks among others.
At a short ceremony, the Chief Risk Officer at Absa Bank – Adolph Kpegah who presented the items to the officials of the Senior Correctional Centre, said the bank will continue to be a force for good in society by remaining a responsible corporate citizen.
“As a bank that has been playing a shaping role in our society for over a hundred years, we remain committed to supporting the fight against the pandemic. This donation is therefore to complement government’s efforts against further spread of the virus and help consolidate the progress we are making as a country,” said Mr. Kpegah.
Leader of the Team and Head of Credit Risk at Absa Bank Ghana, Mrs. Annie Aboarh, appreciated colleagues for donating generously to support the Centre during this pandemic.
“As a Unit, we have been supporting the Centre over the years; and this donation came from colleagues who raised funds to acquire the PPE and other essential items to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic at the Centre,” said Mrs. Aboarh.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Centre, Assistant Director of Prisons, Officer-in-Charge of the Senior Correctional Centre, Mrs. Millicent Owusu, expressed gratitude to Absa Bank employees for the donation.
“On behalf of the entire Correctional Centre, we are grateful that you came to our aid at this time. Yes, indeed, we are all in this COVID-19 season, and these are the items that we need to safeguard ourselves. They will go a long way to help the juveniles,” Mrs. Owusu said.
Located in Accra, the Senior Correctional Centre is the only institution in the country that caters for young offenders and juveniles. The Centre takes care of the young offenders by training them in various vocational trades like welding, vulcanising, tailoring, carpentry, draftsmanship, auto electrics, and mechanical and general electrics.