Monday, April 11, 2022 / 2:30 PM / By Union Bank / Header image credit: Union Bank
For the third consecutive year, Union Bank and its employees celebrated their Employee Volunteer Day (EV Day) with a series of targeted charitable donations and projects, aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians.
In accordance with theAs part of the bank’s efforts to generate lasting impact and accelerate community development, EV Day is an employee-funded initiative that provides Union Bank and its employees with the opportunity give back to the community through various projects and activities that promote positive social change.
The last part of the initiative tagged “It begins with you” involved a bottom-up approach where employees were encouraged to identify needs within their host communities that required timely attention, after which they pooled resources to address some of the issues identified in those areas.
Through this initiative, 20 impactful projects have been executed and commissioned in different communities in three regions of the country. The projects that directly affected more than 253,000 people were focused on creating strategic development with a clear focus on Health, Environmental Sanitation and Education and Welfare in Nigeria.
Three projects were executed and commissioned in the South West Region where South West Regional Manager Bolade Jegede led the Union Bank volunteer team at the Maternity Hospital on the Island of Lagos, where they donated medical equipment to the neonatal unit to support existing facilities and help reduce neonatal mortality. rate which is currently around 25% of the number of deaths for ages 5 and under.
In the Southeast region, a total of
eight projects were implemented in various states. Rosemary David-Etim, Area Regional Manager, led a team of over 100 volunteer staff to commission the refurbished toilets at Douglas Road Comprehensive Secondary School in Owerri, Imo State, to support governments’ efforts aimed at preventing students from contacting or spreading germs and infectious diseases which is now a national concern only 10% of Nigerian schools have basic sanitation services including toilets.
Nine projects have also been commissioned in different locations in the Northern region. Regional Executive Fatai Baruwa, represented by Helen Okene, and other volunteer UBN employees carried out environmental remediation work at the Dei-Dei building market in Abuja and donated bins to market traders to improve the collection and disposal of waste in the market.
Other projects executed include; Donation of N2M to COPE for breast and prostate cancer screening for at least 200 underprivileged men and women, donation of food to various orphanage homes, donation of communal boreholes, renovation of schools, donation of traffic boxes to the police traffic control unit.
Commenting on the initiative and the expected impact of the project, Union Bank Managing Director Emeka Okonkwo said “Union Bank is known for leading the charge for social impact. The theme for this EV Day, titled “It Starts With You,” is a necessary reminder of the role each of us must play as individuals to sustain and generate lasting impact in the communities we serve. I am so inspired by Team Union and incredibly lucky to work with colleagues who prioritize our vision of community building and corporate citizenship.”
Also commending the level of employee engagement, Director of Brand and Marketing, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, said “Employee Volunteer Day is an initiative close to my heart. Since 2019, we have carried out projects in 30 locations across the country, touching more than 300,000 lives. I am grateful to each employee who has donated for the successful execution of these projects.”
Introduced in 2019, EV Day reinforces Union Bank’s commitment to building a workforce that cares about giving back to the communities where they live and work. The first edition was a sanitation exercise conducted in 15 localities across the country with the participation of finished 1,200 Union Bank employees as well as their family and friends. In 2020, the Bank and its employees raised N10 million to provide water to over 15,000 Nigerians through the creation of communal boreholes in six communities across the country.
At Union Bank, community development remains one of our primary goals and we will continue to provide support to the communities where they operate.
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