Nigeria: Nigerian bank donates US$1m to Ebola fight in Africa

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of Nigeria's leading financial institutions United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has donated US$1 million to pep up the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in three West African countries, the bank said in a statement made available to PANA Wednesday.

The money, from the bank's Foundation, would be shared equally among Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at US$300,000 each

The remaining US$100,000 is to be contributed to the African Union Support Mission to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), initiated by African Union Chair 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 unshakable commitment to the continent - and a message that Africa can triumph over this terrible affliction,”bank chairman Tony Elumelu said in the statement.

While commending the bank staff in the affected three West African countries for their courage and resilience in keeping every branch of the bank and ATM open for the people throughout the trying period, he urged other African corporate organisations to contribute to the fund.

In August, the Tony Elumelu Foundation donated US$600,000 to the same cause.

The UN estimates that about 5,000 international medical, training and support personnel are needed in the three countries over the coming months.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 5,000 people have died from EVD.
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12 november 2014 09:37:33




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