November 13, 2014 – Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Mr. Tony O Elumelu, has announced a donation of $1million, to assist three West African countries where it does business to tackle the dread Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The benefiting countries are Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The money will be distributed through UBA Foundation as Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS).
Each of the benefiting countries will get $300,000 while the remaining $100,000 will be sent to the African Union Support Mission to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), initiated by Chairman, African Union Mr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
“Africa is our home and our destiny – and Africans need to place themselves at the forefront of the campaign to overcome this tragedy. This donation is an affirmation of our unshakeable commitment to the continent – and a message that Africa can triumph over this terrible affliction.
“I would also take this opportunity to commend our courageous UBA Africa staff, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who have kept every branch and ATM open throughout this testing time. They have demonstrated our corporate value of resilience and commitment that the business and progress of Africa must and should go on.
“Our money will be directed immediately to strengthening capacity in the fight against the further spread of the disease. Our hope is that this donation will act as a catalyst for other African corporates to play their part,” he said.
In August, The Tony Elumelu Foundation donated $600,000 to Ebola response institutions, designated by the Presidents of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
Acknowledging the donation by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said she appreciated contribution from friends of Liberia, like UBA. “We appreciates friends like you who have come to our assistance in our national moment of need,” she said.