Daily Trust (Abuja)

9 November 2012

Nigeria: Floods - Elumelu, Eze, Ovia Donate N1 Billion Each

The fundraiser for flood victims held last night in Abuja recorded big donations as Chief Arthur Eze, Mr. Jim Ovia and Mr. Tony Elumelu donated N1 billion each while chief launcher Mike Adenuga donated N500 million. Chairman of the Presidential committee on flood relief and rehabilitation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, made a personal donation of N150 million to the committee.

Ovia is former managing director of Zenith Bank and now chairman of Visafone, while Elumelu is former managing director of United Bank for Africa and now chairman of Hiers Holdings. Speaking at the event which held at the Presidential Villa, Dangote said all donations will be published on the committee's website to ensure transparency and accountability. In his effort to further boost donations to the victims, Dangote suggested digital means of contributing.

He said, "In today's world of digital communication, there are many ways of tapping the world community for contributions to a cause like this. For example, we will like to challenge our telecoms companies in the country to consider donating N1 for every SMS sent, to the victims in order to help ameliorate their pitiable condition. Every contribution will go a long way."

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