July 6, 2021
By Alhaji Haruna Sani
ECO Bank Sierra Leone has yesterday, July 5th, opened it newly rehabilitated branch, which is strategically situated at Cline town, next to the Queen Elizabeth Quay in Freetown.
In his statement, Chairman, Board of Directors, Ecobank Sierra Leone, Christopher J. Forster, said previously Ecobank Cline Town was only a single floor and that it was very much challenging in taking care of customers’ needs.
He said they were able to construct the building through the astute and strategic thinking of the chairman of the management of Ecobank Sierra Leone, noting that the reconstruction and refurbishment of the structure was just the beginning of their strategic improvement for their customers.
Chairman Forster said the structure was now service deliverable, adding that with structures in place, all the needs of customers will be met. He added that the branch will now serve as a cash hub because of its strategic location.
Managing Director, Ecobank Sierra Leone, Mrs. L. Aina Moore, said the Cline Town branch was the first branch since 2007 after the bank began operations in the country in 2007. She said by then the bank was quite sufficient and was meeting their customers’ need.
She said because of the exponential growth of customers and the huge transactions, the facility was no longer able to meet the growing customers’ needs, hence comes the need for a more advanced structure, which is a strategic branch to their seven already branches in addition to their micro- finance which extend the branches to eight.
“We were temporarily operating in a containers constructed as makeshift during the renovation of the Cline Town branch. We were finding it extremely difficult to operate, especially during Covid-19. It was very difficult to observe the social distancing and other measures,” she said.