The management of Trust Bank Gambia (TBL) yesterday, Wednesday, 27th February 2013, awarded 10 outstanding students in recognition of their performance in the Gambia Educational Certificate Examination for the 2012 academic year at a ceremony held at the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.
The event marked the 11th edition of the Bank's Excellence in the Millennium Award ceremony.
The Award was started eleven years ago to encourage students to perform well in school. This time around each of the students went home with a brand new laptop, mobile phone, a student savings account with an opening balance of D3,000 and a Trust Bank Certificate of Excellence.
Speaking on behalf of the board, management and staff of Trust Bank Ltd, Mr. Pa Macoumba Njie, Managing Director of the Bank said the bank is not only preoccupied with delivering targeted banking solutions but also remains passionately committed to the promotion of quality education as a prerequisite to national development.
"As such, this Excellence Awards Programme is to recognize and motivate students for their record performances in exams. It's our belief that students, parents, guardians and the government will appreciate the awards as one of our bank's contributions to the development of the Education sector", said the TBL MD.
MD Njie commended the students and encouraged them to continue to work hard. He also recognized the invaluable role played by principals and teachers, as well as guardians for providing the much needed support to the students to make them excel in school. He seized the opportunity to reaffirm the bank's commitment to their social responsibilities.
"Trust bank will continue to fulfill its role in key sectors of society namely, Health, Education, Disaster Relief and Sports", said MD Njie.
The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Fatou Lamin Faye, highlighted the significance of the event which, she said, cannot be over emphasized. She expressed gratitude to the bank for demonstrating its corporate social responsibility in complementing the efforts of the government in its drive to provide quality and relevant education for all. She said this social responsibility is one of the highest yield investments available in any developing country, given that it attacks poverty at the roots and strengthens individuals, families and communities.
"Trust Bank further recognizes that the satisfaction of these needs empowers individuals in any society and confers upon them a responsibility to respect and build upon their collective cultural, linguistic and spiritual heritage", said Minister Faye.
The Basic and Secondary Education Minister stressed that societal responsibility promotes the education of others in order to further the cause of social justice which ensures that commonly accepted humanistic values and human rights are upheld. She opined that the overall investment in education goes beyond the capacity of the state to shoulder it.
"It is therefore a step in the right direction for a corporate institution to recognize and honour grade 9 students whose performance in the GABECE is worthy emulation", said Minister Faye.
She noted that this encouragement is not only necessary for enhanced performance but also the reduction of the cost burden from parents, particularly the poor whose participation in higher levels of education must grow dramatically as The Gambia approaches universal basic education.
"Benefits of this added value to education service delivery can be conspicuously traced to the corporate social responsibility of Trust Bank Ltd, whose contribution to the socio-economic advancement of this country is beyond measure", said the Basic and Secondary Education Minister.
Minister Faye said the initiative is enough testimony to the fact that the profit accrued from society is ploughed back to support educational investment. She encouraged the partnership which, she said, has brought about a cascading impact.
She concluded her statement by congratulating the awardees on their enviable performance but also urge them to maximally utilize the support being provided.
Mr. Muhammed F. Jabbi, Chairman of Conference of Principals, in his remark on the occasion, said the bank's contribution in the area of education is recognized by the principals. He said they deeply appreciate the efforts of the bank which is highly commendable. He advised the awardees to keep the momentum.
Mr. Papa Yusupha Njie, Chief Executive Officer of Unique Solutions, said the trust that the bank has vested in them for many years is worthy of emulation. He expressed delight of being associated with education which is something significant.
"I think the materials received today will have lot of impact", said Mr. Papa Yusupha Njie.
Senior Manager of Marketing and Sales at Trust Bank, Mr. Dodou Nyang, also expressed delight and highlighted the achievements of the bank both locally and the international level.
The awardees for this year's "Excellence in the Millennium Awards" include, Oumie Ceesay, Saihou Ceesay, Aji Fatou Cox, Bernardette M. Mendy, Fatoumata Sabally, all of the Gambia Methodist Academy, Ebrima Komma and Muhammed Fadera, both from Brikama Upper Basic, Jang Salieu Jallow, St. Augustine's Upper Basic and Pa Matarr Ndow, SOS Herman Gmeiner Upper Basic School.