Bank of Africa has donated 700 bags of rice, 200 gallons of oil, 200 cartons of tin fish and 200 cartons of tin tomatoes to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to support efforts to provide food to the 400,000 vulnerable Ghanaians during the partial lockdown of Greater Accra, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi.
The donation was received by the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison at a short ceremony at the Ministry. Also present at the ceremony was the Chief Director of the ministry Dr. Afisah Zakariah.
The Minister was delighted with the donation and said it will go a long way to help the nation’s efforts to feed the vulnerable in society. “This is very encouraging and great support, we are overwhelmed with your gestures and all that we can say is thank you. We would want other corporate entities to continue to supports the national fight. The government cannot do this alone and with gestures like this, the fight would be won early,” Ms. Morrison said.
Executive Head, Operations, and Support at Bank of Africa, George Otchere who presented the items on behalf of the Bank said the move is part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility and they hope that the donation would help to provide some level of relief to vulnerable citizens.
The Bank, through the Ghana Bankers Association (GAB), has donated GH¢416,000 into the COVID-19 Trust Fund.
As part of a series of donations in the coming weeks, the bank has also arranged to do a similar donation to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to support them in supplying food to the vulnerable in Grater Kumasi.
Mr. Otchere reiterated “the bank’s commitment and support in children, health and gender-related issues.” This he says forms a core part of their corporate social responsibility pillars, and so, doing this falls in the bank’s CSR agenda.
He said that no one was expecting this COVID-19 pandemic, however, at this moment, we all need to come together and support the government. We will continue to monitor developments and play our role as a responsible corporate institution to support the government,” Mr. Okyere said.
Also present at the event were officials from the bank. Head Banking Operations, Kwame Darfour; Eric Kojo Van-Ess Kuranchie, Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications; and Bright Ampadu Ampadu Okyere, Marketing, and Corporate Communications officer.