3 June 2014

Nigeria: Humanitarian Offor Donates to Polio Fight

Ambassador Sir Emeka Offor interviewed by Stuart Cleland of Rotary International during a break session of the plenary in Sydney, Australia ( Resource: Sir Emeka Offor 'Face to Face' with Rotary International

Abuja — Sir Emeka Offor, the local philanthropist, has donated US$1 million to Rotary's PolioPlus programme, which supports global efforts to eradicate the disease.

The announcement was made at the organization's annual convention, which is taking place this week in Sydney, Australia, and has drawn more than 18 000 Rotarians from 150 countries.

Offor said the eradication effort was a personal commitment.

"Polio was common during my childhood in Kafanchan, Kaduna State. My friends, classmates, and their siblings all fell victim to this terrible disease.

"As a young man, I vowed I would someday do something significant to end polio in Nigeria, Nigeria," said Offor, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Chrome Group, a Nigerian oil and gas conglomerate.

The donation gift brings his total contributions to Rotary to $3,1 million.

Past Rotary Vice President, John Germ, who leads the organization's fundraising efforts for polio eradication said the Rotary was proud to be working with a business and humanitarian leader like Offor.

"With Sir Emeka's support, Nigeria has made significant progress and is closer than ever to eliminating polio within its borders. We are confident we will eliminate this disease from the world and ensure no child ever again has to suffer from its crippling effects," Germ said.

In addition to his support for Rotary, Offor is the founder of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, which focuses on poverty alleviation through literacy and education programmes in West Africa's poorest communities.

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