AUGUST 29, 2014
The Tony Elumelu Foundation has donated the sum of US$100,000 to the government of Sierra Leone as part of its support to the Ebola eradication.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa in Sierra Leone, Ndubuisi Ejiofor, made the donation on behalf of the Foundation to President Ernest Bai Koroma on 26 August at State House.
In his message accompanying the donation, Mr. Elumelu wrote: “Mr. President, I sincerely sympathize with you over the Ebola outbreak which is affecting the people of Sierra Leone and West Africa at large. As you mobilize resources to curtail the spread of the epidemic, I will make a contribution of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) through my Foundation to support the activities of your medical specialists working in the field.”
Responding to the donation, President Koroma thanked the Foundation for the support and noted that Mr. Elumelu has always supported Sierra Leone, adding that the philanthropist had visited the country and was least surprised that he has, through his Foundation, come to the aid of the country during this very difficult time in her history.
The President assured the Foundation that the donation would be used to support the activities of medical specialists in the field, particularly for the provision of drugs, logistics, and materials at Ebola treatment centers.
President Koroma used the opportunity to congratulate Mr. Elumelu on his appointment as Chairman of the Board of UBA Plc., saying he was excited that the latter would bring his wealth of knowledge and international experience to the Board of the premier bank, and in turn improve on their stellar performance in the country.