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In Line with their Purple Nectar Initiative, Wema Bank Staff Donate a Day Salary to Critically ill Children in State Owned Hospitals



Wema Bank MD, Segun Oloketuyi presents a cheque to one of the beneficiaries of the bank’s Purple Nectar Initiative

Wema Bank Plc. has for the second year in a row made February its month of giving by donating funds for the treatment of children in emergency wards of three government-owned hospitals across the country.

The initiative called Purple Nectar which started last year was designed to touch the lives of people in the communities where the bank operates. It involves each interested staff donating a day’s Salary for Love as a way of celebrating St. Valentine’s Day.

“Every 14th of February, the world celebrates St. Valentine’s Day. Usually, couples go out on this day as a way of showing love to each other. But at Wema Bank, we decided that while it is fine for couples to show love to each other on this day, our focus as a bank should be on showing love to those who need it but are not getting it,” said Segun Oloketuyi, Managing Director/CEO, Wema Bank Plc., while presenting a cheque to one of the beneficiaries of the 2017 Purple Nectar Initiative at the Children Emergency Ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

“Some are in critical situations and they need all the help they can get. In our own little way of showing love, the staff of Wema Bank decided to put their salaries for that particular day (February 14) together and looked for people who need our love. The demonstration of this love is to support those who need help, especially in health-related issues,” Oloketuyi said.

Children present at the LUTH Emergency Ward when Wema Bank visited were being treated for several ailments. The mother of a 7-month old baby who benefitted from the initiative, Mrs Ngene broke down in tears as the Wema Bank Managing Director presented a cheque to her. She thanked the staff of Wema Bank for the kind gesture and managed to smile before Mr Oloketuyi left her son’s bed side.

Another patient at LUTH who benefitted from the Purple Nectar Initiative is a 10-year-old girl who is undergoing chemotherapy. Within the 12 hours before the Wema Bank staff visited, she had taken more than 9 pints of blood. Her mother, Mrs Soetan, who said her daughter had been at the hospital for 3 months expressed appreciation for the bank’s donation and prayed that God blesses the Wema Bank staff who donated to her ailing daughter.

Wema Bank’s Purple Nectar began in 2016 as part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives focused at helping the less-privileged in the society. One of last year’s beneficiaries, a physically challenged hairdresser bought herself a wheelchair and set up a beauty shop after getting the Purple Nectar funding. She is doing well and has started production of her beauty care line.

The beneficiaries of this year’s Purple Nectar include patients at the Children’s emergency ward at LUTH, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Old GRA Port Harcourt and Wuse General Hospital, Abuja.

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    March 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    This is arrant nonesence. How do you expect those individual employees to makeup for the lost pay. Did WEMA Bank arm twisted their employees to donate their one day benefit Critically ill Children. WEMA bank should have donated the money to cater for the needs of the Critically ill Children instead of taking away the one day salary of their poor employees. Another example of employer behaving badly.

    • MC

      March 4, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Ganny i know for fact Wema does not make it compulsory for staffs to partake in this donation.
      So like the Wema Bank Staff said, GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT B4 RANTING

  2. Wema Bank staff

    March 3, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    @Ganny, it wasn’t a forceful was freewill.. get your findings b4 ranting

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