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The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, the UBA Foundation, has delivered N13m pedestrian bridge primarily for students of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto State.
The Link Bridge was commissioned earlier this week, by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State in company of the managing director of the bank, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka.
Business Hilights gathered that for more than 40 year, students of the University, especially those living off-campus had found it tedious to connect the campus as the area was impassable, especially during rainy season. They couldn’t get in and out of their dormitories and to the mosque easily and were going through an uncomfortably long route to get to lectures.
The resolve to donate the infrastructure stemmed from the National Dialogue Series organised by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the school in August 2017, where Mr. Tony Elumelu, chairman of UBA Plc, granted the request of the students who had informed him of their plight and promised to assist them.
In his remarks at the commissioning ceremony, Uzoka, expressed delight at the prompt completion of the project and reminded the students that UBA remained committed to easing the day-to-day challenges of the citizens, and especially students living within and beyond its areas of operations, adding that the core values of the bank – excellence, enterprise and execution – is aimed at putting the customers and society first.
This, he noted prompted the bank’s intervention, adding that ensuring customers’ satisfaction and giving back to the people were a focal point for the bank and the UBA Foundation.
According to him, “As an institution, we are passionate about giving back to society through UBA’s Foundations’ components: Empowerment, Education and Environment. This construction falls under the area of education and environment. We want to be a role model with uniqueness not by coincidence but by physical commitment and strengthening of our good will in advancing the course of humanity through our foundation. We have been doing this over the years by sponsoring essay competitions and indigent students to institutions across African countries where we operate”.
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