According to the managing director of Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Daniel Asiedu, a healthy banking sector would add value to the economic gains of a country.
Mr. Asiedu made the observation during the maiden edition of a health walk organised by the bank and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) at the El-wak Sports Stadium in Accra on Saturday.
The theme for the walk, which brought soldiers and staff of ADB together, was “Building bonds of friendship through health walk.”
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times after the three-hour exercise, Mr. Asiedu said “the wealth of a nation is the health of its people hence the need to ensure that workers of vital sectors of the economy are always healthy.
“Without a healthy banking sector, it will be difficult for businesses to grow in creating the needed employment for the teaming youth of our dear nation.”
He said the exercise would be organised quarterly with the GAF to ensure that staff of ADB stayed fit and healthy to meet the aims and objectives of the bank.
Mr. Asiedu further advised staff of the bank to emulate the fitness level of soldiers in the country not only to promote healthy lifestyles but to keep them away from hospitals.
On behalf of the GAF, the Chief Staff Officer at the Army Heaquarters Brigadier General Thomas Oppong-Peprah said it was one of their policies to collaborate with civil institutions to facilitate development.
He expressed the hope that the relationship between ADB and GAF would be strengthened to grow beyond just health and fitness walk.
“Though the relationship between the two institutions has grown over the years, the time is ripe for this bond of friendship to be strengthened with offering of more banking products to soldiers in the country,” he added.
He called for more of such partnerships with corporate institutions to foster and bridge the gap between soldiers and civilians in the country.
The father of the late Komla Dumor and founder of Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation, Professor Ernest Dumor, advised young professionals in the country to take their health serious at all times.
He said though the foundation seeks to promote cardiac health for professionals in all sectors of the economy, Ghanaians must watch what they consume.
Prof. Dumor urged organisers of the event to make the walk a national movement to sensitise all Ghanaians about the need to prevent unwanted deaths through good diets.
By Daniel N. Amparbeng