Ecobank Nigeria Plc has donated different food items, including three 50kg bags of rice, five cartons of peak milk, 20 cartons of noodles, three bags of garri, and vegetable oil, among others, to the less-privileged in the society, through an Abuja-based nongovernmental organisation (NGO), Helpline Foundation for the Needy.
Presenting the items to the president of the foundation, at the weekend, Ecobank Bank human resource manager, Mrs. Jemimah Pelem, explained that donation was part of the effort of the bank to partner with NGOs to strengthen its corporate social responsibility in the country.
Pelem noted that the foundation has done tremendously well in the area of empowerment of rural women, especially widows, across the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
She commended the initiative of the president of the foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, for what she described as “unparalleled gesture” in reaching out to the less privileged in the society, just as she assured the foundation of future partnership.
Pelem used the occasion to call on other NGOs in the country and government at all levels, to initiate policies and programmes aimed at empowering the less privileged in the society.
Earlier, president of the foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu thanked the financial institution for the donation, just as she assured the bank that the items would be judiciously distributed to the widows, while soliciting for a more robust partnership.
Ahmadu stressed that the foundation was encouraged by the donation, adding that some of the items would be used to stock the foundation’s food bank, located in Kuje.