The Lagos State government has commended Ecobank Nigeria for renovating and furnishing the main building at the Agbala Pediatric Centre in Ikorodu being part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility effort directed at women and children.
Speaking on behalf of the state commissioner for Health, the Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr Bayo Aderiye said the contribution by Ecobank will go a long way in resuscitating healthcare delivery at the Centre. He mentioned that the children’s pediatric Centre which is a strategic health facility for residents in Ikorodu and environs has long desired this facelift. Dr Aderiye used the opportunity to call on other corporate bodies to support the government in enhancing strategic public facilities that have direct impact on the people.
Also speaking during the ceremony, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Charles Kie said the renovation of the Agbala Pediatric centre by the bank is a promise kept as part of a weeklong Environmental sustainability campaign in line with the business mantra of Ecobank, which is to build a world class Pan African bank and contribute to the economic development and financial integration of Africa.
According to Mr. Kie, the guiding principle for corporate social responsibility activities by the bank is to give back and contribute effectively to the communities in which it operates. In his words “Ecobank is a responsible and caring corporate citizen, assisting people and underprivileged groups to enhance their lives. We also encourage creativity and excellence among Africans, especially the young people, who we see as the future of our continent”.
He reiterated that the vision of the Agbala project revolves around the need to create a conducive healthcare environment for the most vulnerable amongst us – women and children. This for the bank is reasonably considered to be the best way to exhibit a visible, vibrant and enduring corporate social responsibility. He said it is also a far-reaching compensation to the healthcare providers at the centre for their endless years of unflinching support to the sustenance of an endearing society.
The Agbala Pediatric Centre founded in 1956, before independence has contributed in no small way to maternal healthcare within the Ikorodu area of Lagos.
From Left: Denike Laoye, Company Secretary /Chief Legal Counsel, Ecobank Nigeria Ltd; Charles Kie, Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria; Dr Bayo Aderiye, Chairman Lagos State Health Service Commission, representing the Commissioner of Health and Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole, Medical Director, General Hospital Ikorodu during the commissioning of a building renovated and furnished by Ecobank Nigeria at the Agbala Pediatric Centre in Ikorodu, Lagos State.