The National Investment Bank (NIB), on Friday 10 December 2021 held its annual Festival of Nine Lessons, Carol and Thanksgiving Service at the forecourt of the bank’s head office – Manet Tower B, Plot 25, Airport City Accra. It was themed “Behold your Promised Redeemer…” (an extract from Isaiah 9:2).

The colourful event, characterized by renditions of beautiful carols performed by the bank’s music group, NIB Chorale, Bible Lessons by nine selected readers, among other activities is aimed not only at ushering in the Christmas festivities but to wrap the current year as well as usher in the new year.

This year’s event was peculiar as it had a number of guests (customers of the bank, among others) join in the celebration.

The guests include Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Salt and Light Ministry; Dr. Opokuware Ampomah, CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital; Mrs. Eva Okai, Deputy Director of Investments, NHIA; and Chairman of the reconstituted Board of Directors of NIB, Mr. Kofi Owusu Sekyere.

In attendance also, was the family of the late Sylvia Esi Asiedu (Mrs), a staff of the bank, and leading member of NIB Chorale who passed on to glory last year. A brief memorial service was held in her honour, and a portrait (image of her) presented to the family.

Delivering the words of exhortation, Special Guest of Honour and Speaker for the event, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Ghana admonished Management and Staff to eschew the habit of looking down on people because of their current social status.

Citing the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante noted that, looking down on people based on their level in society is a dangerous trait to nurture as “no one anticipated that the one who was born in a manger (Jesus Christ) in the midst of sheep would eventually become the saviour of the world. “When you meet someone in the bank, on the streets of Accra or somewhere in your village, never, ever think you are better than them because of your current situation since you will never know what that person would become in the near future.”

In his end-of-year message to Management and Staff of NIB, Managing Director (MD), Mr. Samuel Sarpong recounted how challenging the year 2021had been for all staff “especially, with the different waves of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Everyone, he emphasized have been affected one way or another, as countless lives have been lost—both in Ghana and across the globe. “Our economy has been impacted; life as we know it has changed with all of us adjusting to the new normal. No one has been spared the emotional, financial, social and economic impact of the pandemic but the resilience of the human spirit makes us carry on” Mr. Sarpong intimated.

Mr. Sarpong added that “over the past two years or so, the Board, Management and Staff have been working around the clock to ensure the bank is restored to some level of stability by reducing losses and have so far implemented a number of strategic initiatives, which have improved the operations of the bank.” The foundation, he intimated has been laid “to transition the bank from its current commercial banking business model to one that focuses on industrial development.”

The Bible Lessons were read as follows:
1st Lesson – Creation of Man by Mr. Tweneboa Kodua Fokuo – DMD
2nd Lesson – Man’s Disobedience by Madam Lynn Allotey Gadzekpo, Board Member
3rd Lesson – Loss of Estate by Mrs. Angela Okae – Head, HRM
4th Lesson – Man’s Hopelessness by Dr. Opokuware Ampomah, CEO, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
5th Lesson – Continuation of the Hopelessness by Mrs. Eva Okai, Deputy Director of Investments, NHIA, Accra
6th Lesson –The Promise of God by Comfort Arkoh, PMSU/Local Union
7th Lesson – The Birth of Christ by Harris Elorm Aryeeson, Compliance Department
8th Lesson –Jesus, the Light of the world by Benson Ankomah, Head, GSP
9th Lesson – The soon coming King by Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, Salt & Light Ministry

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