In a statement yesterday, the bank said it was shocked to receive news of the accident which killed more than 60 people and left hundreds injured on Saturday. The medical devices and materials were handed over to Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Dr Steven Kebwe.
Meanwhile NMB has donated desks, corrugated iron sheets, labour ward beds all valued at 50m/- to public schools and health centres in Musoma and Butiama districts of Mara region.
Speaking after handing over the donation, NMB’s Lake Zone Manager, Agustino Abraham said the donations were meant to back state efforts to improve education and health services. Abraham said the government’s industrialization agenda can only be realised with a healthy and educated people.
“Though our corporate citizenship budget we have already spent over 550m/- in support to the two sectors but also disaster relief assistance,” he noted while saying that this year, the bank has allocated 1bn/- for the purpose.
Mara Regional Commissioner, Adam Malima paid tribute to the bank for its continued support of government initiatives to improve delivery of education and health services in the country. “While we thank you for this support, we also request you to continue assisting us in these two important sectors and especially girls education,” Malima said.
He said because of outdated poor traditions, Mara region is planning to construct safe havens for girls who are targeted through gender based violence which also impacts on their ability to pursue education hence need protection.
“Many girls have been forced to drop out of school because of such violence hence curtailing their bright futures,” the RC stated. He requested NMB to also assist development of the region’s agricultures sector through NMB Foundation.
In a vote of thanks, Buhare Secondary School’s Headmaster, Jonas Zakayo said the NMB donation will go a long way in addressing challenges being faced by public schools and health facilities in the region.
“Our needs are many such that the state alone cannot successfully address them hence the need for other stakeholders including banks like NMB to assist us,” Zakayo said while promising that the donation will be used to improve the targeted services.
Mara Regional Commissioner, Adam Malima.