Elumelu do­nates tech­nol­ogy cen­tre to AAU

The Punch - - MONEY -

CHAIR­MAN of UBA Group, Tony Elumelu, has do­nated a mul­tipur­pose in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy cen­tre to his alma mater, Am­brose Alli Univer­sity, Ekpoma, Edo State.

A state­ment said through the UBA Foun­da­tion, the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc, Elumelu con­structed the state-of-the-art mul­tipur­pose in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy build­ing, which would ben­e­fit the stu­dents of the univer­sity

The hall, to be named The Tony O. Elumelu mul­tipur­pose hall, was equipped with com­put­ers, desks and chairs, mea­sured 839 square me­ters and had ad­join­ing of­fices and con­ve­niences.

Elumelu high­lighted his mo­ti­va­tion, “Ed­u­ca­tion is cru­cial to Nige­ria’s hu­man cap­i­tal – whether our young peo­ple join our na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, the pri­vate sec­tor or, as i did, take the en­tre­pre­neur­ial path, no one can af­ford to be cut off from the dig­i­tal world.

“it has been a per­sonal mis­sion to en­sure that the hall was de­liv­ered to spec­i­fi­ca­tion, for the ben­e­fit of the stu­dents at the AAU. Suc­cess brings with it the duty to give back, and i am just grate­ful that i am now in a po­si­tion to mean­ing­fully help the next gen­er­a­tion.”

The bank stated that the mul­tipur­pose hall was for­mally handed over to the author­i­ties of the in­sti­tu­tion at a cer­e­mony at­tended by mem­bers of the Univer­sity’s gov­ern­ing coun­cil and staff, led by vice-chan­cel­lor, Prof ig­natius On­i­mawo.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion, UBA’S Direc­torate Head, South Bank, Mr Chris Ofikulu, who rep­re­sented the UBA Group chair­man, high­lighted the con­tri­bu­tion of UBA, through its foun­da­tion, to ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment across Africa.

He stated, “As a panafrican bank, op­er­at­ing in 20 coun­tries across our con­ti­nent, UBA is com­mit­ted to be­ing a so­cially- re­spon­si­ble in­sti­tu­tion, and a role model for busi­nesses in Africa.

"The UBA Foun­da­tion ac­tively pro­motes the so­cioe­co­nomic im­prove­ment of the com­mu­ni­ties in which UBA op­er­ates, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ment in the ar­eas of ‘ed­u­ca­tion, En­vi­ron­ment, and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment’.

"We be­lieve in in­ter­ven­ing and build­ing ca­pac­ity within com­mu­ni­ties, fa­cil­i­tat­ing projects that will act as cat­a­lysts for so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.”

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