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GTBANK – "Financial Institution of the Year 2010"
26th December, 2010
GTBank (Sierra Leone) Limited, the Sierra Leonean subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, has been awarded the Financial Institution of the Year 2011 for the second time during the A.W.O.L National Achievements Awards held on the 26th December 2010 at the prestigious Family Kingdom Hotel.
Other nominees for the award were HFC Mortgages, a Home Finance and Mortgage Institution and Union Trust Bank, a Sierra Leonean based bank headed by a former Central Bank Governor . Guaranty Trust Bank emerged ahead of these banks after a rigid selection and nomination process.
Speaking on the awards, the Managing Director, GTBank (Sierra Leone) Limited; Ade Buraimo thanked all Staff, Board, Customers and Shareholders for their support and for believing in the bank. He went further to promise that the bank will continue to uphold the unique Guaranty Trust Bank attributes and to continue providing the innovative and excellent products and services. Amongst the services offered by the bank include; The Relationship Management Service, On-Line Real Time Service, Internet Banking, Guaranty Trust International Money Transfer Service, MoneyGram Money Transfer International Service, Guaranty Trust Electronic Notification Service (GeNs), Statement by e-mail, Smart Kids Save (SKS) and Student Savers Account etc.
The event was graced by imminent dignitaries in the country including His Excellency, The President, Ernest Bai Koroma, The Honorable Vice President, Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana and the Former Head of State, Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabba.
GTBank Sierra Leone was established in 2002 as a subsidiary of the Guaranty Trust Bank Group which currently operates in all countries of Anglophone West Africa (Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone & Liberia) and the United Kingdom. The parent company, Guaranty Trust Bank plc was adjudged the "Best Bank in Nigeria 2010" at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Guaranty Trust Bank (SL) Limited commemorated the Day of the African Child with twenty (20) children from four different schools—Malamah Comprehensive School, Dele Preparatory School, SOS and Tower Hill Kindergarten School.
Children were introduced to the joy of banking as GTBank Smart Kids accounts were opened for them with Le100,000 (One hundred thousand Leones) each deposited into their accounts.
“Children are the gem of this nation and therefore they are not meant to be treated like slaves” , the General Manager, Kayode Adaramodu emphasized during his brief welcome address. He stated that the gathering was essential as important messages were ready be imparted to these children which will help them be better people in the future.
Mr Ade Buraimo, Managing Director of GTBank, made a presentation on life and career. He admonished children to abstain from societal vices including smoking, absenteeism , drugs, sexually related matters etc and to learn to live exemplary lives with a high level of moral standard which will help them fulfill their future aspirations.
The Background of the Day of the African Child was delved into by Aminata Kasim-Carew of the Corporate Affairs Unit. Hawanatou Rahman spoke on developing the right character and values for succes in the future. Patricia Cole, Group Head, Retail Banking emphasized on the importance of Saving for the future.
A quiz competition epitomized the whole event with children winning exciting prizes ranging from school bags, exercise books etc. Maryann Ezechukwu, General Manager, re-iterated the bank’s commitment to education and also admonished the children to be of good behavior always.
Guaranty Trust Bank Donates 12.5 KVA Generator
to the “Well Woman Clinic”
Guaranty Trust Bank (SL) Ltd has donated a 12.5KVA generator to the Well Woman Clinic costing approximately 22.4 million Leones. This donation is indicative of the interest the bank shows in the health sector in Sierra Leone in general and in particular in promoting women’s health especially in the field of reproductive health which at this point in time needs a lot of boosting.
The generator will serve as a guaranteed source of uninterrupted power supply to assist in the production of quality imaging of ultrasound and mammogram pictures. This will boost The Well Woman Clinic’s ultrasound project as part of its screening programme for early detection of complications in pregnancy and screening by mammography for early detection of breast cancer.
The Programme Director, Mrs. Jennifer Renner-Thomas thanked the Board, Management and staff members of Guaranty Trust Bank for such a laudable gesture and for the confidence bestowed on the Chairman, Members of the Management committee and the staff of the MEPS Trust Well Woman Clinic. She indicated that the bank’s support of this programme is yet another demonstration of the bank’s awareness of its Corporate Social Responsibility by assisting in the reduction of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone and also in reducing the incidence of death from breast cancer.
“The Clinic is slowly achieving its dream of rendering free or affordable quality preventive health care service to women in Sierra Leone. To this end, the Trustees and Management of the Well Woman Clinic take the opportunity once again to thank the Guaranty Trust Bank and also all their volunteers especially the team of medical experts particularly Dr Len Gordon Harris, Dr Lynette Palmer, Dr Agnes Kanu and Dr Nnenna Mbonu for their continued support.”
Guaranty Trust Bank Celebrates with the Needy
As a dedicated friend of the Orphans, the Disabled and the Aged, Guaranty Trust Bank (SL) Limited donated food items and provisions to The Wellington Orphanage, King George’s Old Peoples Home, Wilberforce Street Disabled Association and the House of Jesus Disabled Association.
This donation is in line with the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility in ensuring that the society in which it operates in is well catered for especially during this festive season. The Bank sees the disabled, aged and orphans as a significant part of the society and is therefore pleased to extend the goodwill of the yuletide to them. Amongst the items donated were;Bags of rice, Gallons of cooking oil, Bags of onions, Cartons of chicken, Assorted Drinks and several other provision items.
Guaranty Trust Bank (SL) Limited will continue to be involved in every aspect of its Corporate Social Responsibility especially in the Support of Health, Sports and Education.
Guaranty Trust Bank promotes 60 staff
GTBank (Sierra Leone) Limited, one of the leading banks in Sierra Leone, has recently promoted 60 staff to various levels including management positions. Amongst those promoted are: one Manager- Olayemi Jinadu, two Deputy Managers – Bridget Tukei and Henrietta Dennis and Four Assistant Managers: Patricia Cole, Suzanne French, Brima Dumbuya, Martha Kpakima and Dephon Carey
Guaranty Trust Bank also recently employed Barrister Bintu Aladi, a renowned and well respected Lawyer as Head of the Legal Department of the bank. Ms BINTU ALHADI attended the St Joseph’s Secondary School in Brookfields, Freetown and Merton College of Further Education in Morden, Surrey, England.
She first graduated in Philosophy of Education and Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England; before proceeding to study and graduate in law at the Middlesex University in London.
In 2001 she was called to the Bar of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in England and Wales and called to the Sierra Leone Bar in 2003.
She was a private practicing civil and criminal lawyer and has held several consultancies with the British Council, The Special Court for Sierra Leone and Government. Before joining the bank she served as a consultant to the Law Officers’ Department prosecuting matters on behalf of the State.
She is the immediate past vice-president of the female lawyers’ organisation called L.A.W.Y.E.R.S an acronym for Legal Access Through Women Yearning for Equality Rights and Social Justice.
She has since resumed with a wealth of experience in litigation and Property Law. The Management welcomes her to the GTBank Family.
The Managing Director, Mr Ade Buraimo has reassured the Staff of good working conditions and local and international training sessions in order to develop them further. He also reassured them of the support of the bank to the President, His Excellency, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma and the People of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
As a partner in nation building, GTBank recently participated in the Trade and Investment Forum in London between the 15th – 18th November, 2009 which was organized by the Sierra Leone Imports and Exports Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) as a main sponsor. The bank will continue to support the government’s initiatives in similar ventures and others in the future.
In terms of innovation, GTBank is the first bank to introduce the Guaranty Trust Electronic Notification Service (GTAlert) which allows customers to get instant notification on all transactions in their accounts via e-mail and SMS. This is to ensure a transparent banking exercise for all its customers. Presently the bank has six branches in operation with the opening of the Kono Branch on the 21st of January, 2010 making a total of seven (7) branches.