(R-L) Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu; Managing Director, UBA Ghana, Mrs. Abiola Bawuah; Governor of Central Bank of Ghana, Dr. Henry Wampah; GMDCEO, UBA Plc, Mr. Phillips Oduoza
By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Ghana has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its operations in the country.
The UBA Ghana started operating in the country in January 2005, becoming the bank’s ambition of being for Africa and Africans.
According to the UBA Group, the Ghana branch was the first step in UBA’s pan-African strategy, with additional 18 more branches across Africa, New York, Paris and London.
This significant anniversary was marked with a series of events in Accra, focusing on how UBA has committed in providing financial solutions to its customers, equipping small and medium companies and giving back to the wider community.
As apart of the anniversary, the Board of Directors of UBA Group for the first time in the Bank’s history chose Accra as the location for the bank’s 2015 board meeting.
Daily Express gathered that at the bank’s board meeting discussions centered on how the board will continue the development and expansion of the Group’s activities both in Africa and globally.
Addressing high level of dignitaries from Ghana, New York, Paris, London and other African countries in Accra, the Chairman of UBA plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu CON said “we do banking the way we do, because we want to unite Africa to the world.”
Mr. Elumelu together with a delegation from UBA Ghana and UBA Group also had the privilege to have discussions with President John Dramani Mahama.
The discussions, Daily Express learnt focused on exploring ways in which UBA could effectively partner with Ghanaian government, in its aims to create a dynamic nation, which cements its position as an economic power house in Africa.
The Board also visited the Accra Academy for the ‘Read Africa Event’ where the UBA Foundation presented ‘The Girl Who Can’ book to the school and Accra Wesley Girls. The Foundation team was led by Obi Ibekwe, UBA’s Executive Director of Resources.
The initiative seeks to encourage young people to read widely from authors on the African continent. The book authored by Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, a Ghanaian writer.
The bank climaxes the celebrations by organizing ‘Black Tie Gala’ at the newly opened Kempinski Hotel in Accra.
The ‘Black Tie Gala’ brought together Ghana’s financial and business elites, including the Governor of the Central Bank of Ghana, as well as the Board of Directors of both UBA Group and UBA Ghana. Also were the bank’s most loyal customers and longstanding staff members.
At the ‘Black Tie Gala’, Mr. Elumelu said “thank you for a job well done’. “It has been a privilege to serve you for the last 10 years and all of us at UBA look forward to serving you for many years to come”. He told the audience particularly the customers.
A special Citation was presented to Dr. Awele Elumelu, a pioneer board member of UBA Ghana. Other pioneer staffs were also acknowledged for their long term of service to UBA customers.
Looking ahead for the future, UBA Ghana promised to continue in its mission of democratizing banking in Ghana, supporting Ghanaian entrepreneurs, the women and men who are creating a new Africa, in growing their businesses in the country and beyond.
UBA Ghana has 25 branches across the country with over 17,000 customers. The bank is using technology to improve banking standard in the country by offering customers cashless services and other interesting products.