A massive private sector intervention by Guaranty Trust Bank in the ongoing effort to mitigate the negative impact of corona virus pandemic in Nigeria is coming by way a fully equipped 100- bed intensive care centre the bank is setting up in Lagos State for the Nigerian people.
Segun Agbaje, chief executive officer of the tier one bank said in a statement on Tuesday that the centre would be fully equipped with all the necessary equipment, including respirators and personnel to treat and care for those that may become affected.
“We are fully committed to having the centre fully set up by the end of this week,” he stressed.
He said it was necessary for the bank to go beyond provision of safety measures it had put in place across its offices and branches, and lend itself to doing more to beat the outbreak.
Agbaje professed that at GTBank, the people remain the most valuable asset, and their health and safety are of utmost concern.
“That is why we are constantly monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and taking all the necessary precautions to make sure that our workplaces remain safe for everyone.
“Our customers and stakeholders are also counting on us during this difficult time, and it is our duty to be there for them, as they navigate the uncertainties caused by this outbreak.
“COVID-19 is having a growing impact on every aspect of our society, and it is only by working together that the pandemic can be defeated, he noted, adding that individually, this means that we must assume a greater sense of responsibility, not just for our own sake but for those around us.
“At work, it is absolutely critical that we practice social distancing and make more use of our collaborative digital platforms to get work done. Out of office, it is important that we remain very cautious of where we go and the people we come in contact with.
“Indeed, these are very tough times, and I hope that in our personal times of prayer and reflection, we would remember all those who are suffering as a result of this outbreak. Together, I am very confident that we will not only overcome this challenge, but also emerge stronger as an organization,” Agbaje said.
He further pleaded to all and sundry to stay safe by maintaining proper hygiene and following all the guidelines stipulated by the relevant authorities.
“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and take every step necessary to keep you and everyone safe,” he concluded.