Regional Commissioner, Zainabu Telack said yesterday after receiving construction materials, desks and medical equipment all valued at 35m/- from NMB Bank to back her region’s education and health sectors that the former is hardest hit.
“I am ordering our executives to urgently prepared a report of the exact needs that we have I the education sector so that we can present to NMB and other likeminded donors to help us because we are over burdened in this area,” Telack said.
She saluted the bank’s leadership for the consideration saying it will go a long way in improving education and health services in the region. “We have received with excitement this NMB donation but we still have more needs of classrooms, desks and other infrastructure in the education sector,” the RC added noting that the government policy of universal primary and secondary education has attracted massive enrolments of pupils and students.
Briefing the RC before presenting the donation, NMB’s Western Zone Manager, Sospeter Magessa said the bank allocates a percent of its net profit annually to invest in education, health and disaster relief support.
Magessa said last year, the bank’s support to Shinyanga region was worth 110m/- in the above mentioned priority areas while also expanding its banking services to ensure that more people especially those in rural areas.
“This consignment of donation includes 100 desks, 10 mattresses, 630 timber pieces, 360 iron sheets, 10 beds all valued at 30m/-. This year, we expect to donated more because we know that there are many villages with unfinished schools,” he noted while inviting the public to open accounts with the Dar es Salaam based lender manually or digitally through mobile phones.
Shinyanga District Medical Officer, Dr Amos Mwenda said the donation came at the right time because it will help reduce the burden which the hospital has especially in attending pregnant women.
“We are currently struggling to built a new district hospital hence need support from all likeminded people in the country,” Dr Mwenda stated.