UMB launches 45th anniversary celebration

Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, July 14, GNA –
The UMB, a full-service financial institution specialising in customised
banking products and services, has launch its 45th anniversary celebration with
the assurance to put customers at the forefront of all banking activities.

Mr John Awuah, the
Chief Executive Officer of UMB, made this announcement when he unveiled the
anniversary logo to launch the anniversary celebration at a colorful ceremony
at the Bank’s Head Office in Accra.

The celebration, which
would run till the end of the year, is on the theme “45 Years of Banking

The anniversary
celebration would be used to give back to society and to acknowledge and reward
loyal customers.

Mr Awuah said:
“Exactly on March 15th 1972, this indigenous bank opened its doors to the
public and through it all so many years behind, us we have being responsible
for a lot of things including the set-up operations and assistance to a lot of
the corporate entities and individual customers and people that you found in
the country and beyond.”

“We have been
responsible for the set-up of enterprises for growing small businesses into
larger businesses and some of the big businesses we’ve got today started with
us and most of them are still with us after many many years.

“We at UMB are
very excited, 45 years in the life of every entity and us, you know this is a
business entity; so 45 years in the life of every person or entity is a
milestone that is worth celebrating.

“We intent to
celebrate with our customers, with our staff, with the public and as a
corporate citizen also with our environment; the places where we do our
business,” he added.

The Chief Executive
Officer said over the past 45 years, UMB had been responsible for a lot of the
socioeconomic development that the nation had witnessed.

He said as part of the
celebration, they were going to have a lot of fun activities and to crown it
all, there would be a thanksgiving service at the end of the year.

“The Lord is our
beginning and without the Lord, we wouldn’t have made it thus far,” he

Mr Awuah said 45 years
was an assurance to their customers that as a custody institution, they had
existed and being responsible for keeping faith with them, keeping their
deposit boxes, keeping their money for 45 years without fail.

He said: “And
nobody can point a finger to one single day where a customer has made a demand
for fund and this bank had been unable to fulfil a promise to deliver. It is
not a normal banking practice for 45 years in most countries. Even in this
country, we’ve seen bank failures.”

Mr Awuah said:
“It is our time to hold the mantle from where we found it to a higher
ground. And that is exactly what we are doing at UMB.”

Programme outline for
the UMB 45th anniversary celebration include social media games, contests and
interactions; a customer appreciation gala; health screening in key market area
across the country; health walk, thanksgiving service and invitational golf

The UMB was formally
called Merchant Bank Ghana Limited, opened on March 15, 1972.

It is one of the
leading Ghanaian indigenous banks with considerable financial expertise.

The UMB is recognised
for its entrepreneurial approach, innovative use of technology, and distinctive
banking solutions.

It has one UMB Centre
for businesses, 31 branches and a vast network of ATMs.


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