By Como Omegoh
union Bank Plc and its employees recently celebrated their Employee Volunteer Day (EV Day) with a series of targeted charitable donations and projects aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians.
The initiative is part of the bank’s efforts to generate lasting impact and accelerate community development.
EVDay is an employee-funded initiative that enables Union Bank and its employees to give back to the community through various projects and activities that promote positive social change.
The latest in the series, “It Starts With U,” involved a bottom-up approach where employees were encouraged to identify needs within their host communities that required prompt attention, after which they pooled resources to solve some of the problems identified in their areas. .
Thanks to this initiative, we learned, 20 impactful projects have been carried out and commissioned in different communities in three regions of the country. the
The projects, which directly impacted more than 253,000 people, focused on creating strategic development focused on health and well-being, environmental sanitation, education and well-being in Nigeria.
Three projects were executed and commissioned in the South West Region where Bolade Jegede, South West Regional Manager, led the Union Bank volunteer team at Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos, where they donated medical equipment to the neonatal unit to support the existing facilities and help reduce the neonatal mortality rate which is currently around 25% of the death toll for ages 5 and under.
In the Southeast region, a total of eight projects were implemented in different 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, Owerri, Imo State to support the governments efforts to prevent students from contacting or spreading infectious germs and diseases which is now a national concern as 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 in Dei-Dei
Building Market, Abuja, and donated bins to market traders to improve waste collection and disposal in the market.