Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: UBA Staff Jog for More Energy

In adherence to the mantra: 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy', staff of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) had a light and fun-filled physical exercise on Saturday, 14 September 2013 in order to get more energy and strength to attend to customers.

The exercise, which was code-named, 'jogging to bond', started from Aberdeen Road to Njala Venue - a resort along Lumley beach.

According to the bank's Brand and Corporate Communications Officer, Alhaji Jabbie, the event is conducted on a quarterly basis in 19 countries where the bank has its presence, in a bid to bring staff together for better familiarization and to have fun with each another.

He explained that after a hectic period of searching for and attending to numerous customers across the city of Freetown, it was a tradition for the UBA as a responsible institution to conduct light physical exercises for staff members quarterly.

"The jogging bond is conducted to bring staff together to stretch their muscles and to familiarize with one another in jolly mood," he said.

Jabbie noted that staff members always enjoy the exercise, which includes jogging, playing football and performing aerobics and it goes with lots of fun that helps to stretch their muscles and strengthen their blood vessels to keep staff fit for the rigorous task of attending to the numerous needs of their customers.

"We enjoy the exercise a lot," a staff said. "This is the only opportunity for some of us to visit our beaches and share lots of fun with colleagues."

He commended the bank for providing them such opportunity, noting that it was difficult, especially for the new staff to take part in the drills.

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