Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Group, have joined together to strengthen health systems and raise awareness of immunisation across Africa, starting in 2018 with Nigeria.
“We are delighted to work with the UBA Foundation to help protect children across Nigeria against some of the world’s deadliest diseases,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. “Strong, sustainable health systems are key to ensuring no child misses out on lifesaving vaccines which is why this partnership will make a real difference, reducing child mortality and helping to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030.”
The partnership with the UBA Foundation aims to raise US$ 1.5 million over the next two years by leveraging UBA’s network of partners to support Gavi’s immunisation programmes in Nigeria. The UBA Foundation will also advocate for immunisation in Nigeria, which has one of the lowest vaccine coverage rates in the world.
“The United Bank for Africa and the UBA Foundation have been impacting lives positively in Nigeria and across the African continent for several decades, and this is another opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of Africans,” said Kennedy Uzoka, UBA Group CEO and Chairman of the UBA Foundation. “We are proud of the partnership with Gavi which will run until the end of 2020, with both institutions focused on the overall aim to provide innovative solutions that can increase the capacity of healthcare systems in Nigeria and across Africa.”
In the last five years over 14 million children in Nigeria have been vaccinated against some of the world’s deadliest diseases with support from Gavi. If Nigeria meets its targets for vaccine coverage, it will be able to prevent at least one million deaths by 2028.
“However, Nigeria needs to invest more domestic resources in health and immunisation,” said Dr Berkley. ”The private sector can be a crucial partner to help leverage expertise and provide new solutions to ensure children across Nigeria have the opportunity to lead long, healthy lives.”
Bank staff donate medical equipment to Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital
Staffers of Stanbic-IBTC Bank have donated some medical equipment including three Units of PhotoTherapy Lights, Portable Phlegm Suction unit, EcoSound Fetal Doppler and a BlueGate UPS to the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital, Lagos.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony at the hospital premises, the Chief Financial Officer of the Bank, Dr. Kunle Adedeji said that members of the Finance Department of the Bank raise funds annually, through voluntary contributions, to finance a project or make donations to a public institution.
Adedeji revealed that the donations were distinct from those that formed part of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility commitments to the society, noting that the medical equipment presented were procured by staffers of the bank’s finance department to support the hospital.
The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Olusola Amure expressed appreciation and gratitude to the donors, assuring that the devices will be maintained to serve the desired purpose. He solicited more of such gestures from well-meaning Nigerians and Corporate Organisations.
Also speaking, the Head of Pediatrics Department, Dr. Adejoke Akande commended the bank officials for demonstrating their care and concern for children by reaching out to the hospital during this festive season.
“You cannot estimate the value of these donations as much as we do, because being the end users we appreciate them most,” she said
Desarrollar Partners with Top Firms to Improve Real Estate Solutions
Desarrollar Limited a lifestyle and leading real estate solutions company in Lagos, Nigeria has partnered with Union Trustees Limited, First Bank Trustees Limited and Banwo & Ighodalo and The Lodt Legal Partners to improve real estate services and solutions.
The partnership which was signed on Monday, in Lagos, will unveil Nigeria’s most secure and institutionalized real estate trust consortium aimed at safeguarding the financial investments of Nigerians and Africans living abroad and in Nigeria.
According to the Lead Partner, Desarrollar Limited, Mr Ikemefuna Mordi, the trust framework includes Nigeria’s leading Trustees, legal firms and real estate firms which will work towards ensuring and providing real estate solutions.
Ikemefuna said, “Desarrollar and its partners have created an institutionalised safe-haven to protect Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora and those living on the African continent from fraud, deception and, sometimes, misplaced dependence on dishonest family-based relationships, through delivering full, seamless and stress-free lifestyle colutions to the Nigerian and African communities both at home and abroad.”
He explained that Desarrollar applies a premium standard of excellence to its residential development, commercial development and real estate acquisition services in Nigeria, The United States and the United Kingdom.Their websitewww.desarrollargroup.com throws more light on their Service offerings.
Ex-Skye Banker, Tunde Ayeni not detained by EFCC
…Only invited for questioning over alleged fraud
Following recent reports published by a national daily, The Punch Newspapers that the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has detained a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc., (now Polaris Bank,) Mr. Tunde Ayeni, for alleged fraud, it has been reliably discovered that Tunde Ayeni was only invited for questioning at the Abuja office of the commission hours ago.
Confirming the development, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, said Ayeni was only being grilled by detectives over some issues related to fraud and embezzlement allegedly committed by Ayeni when he was Chairman of the bank few years ago.
“I can confirm that he is in our custody on an invitation, for questioning and interrogation. More information will be released tomorrow,” he said.
It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had entered into an agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, to check out some banks and its officials, who facilitated the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.
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