Following the August 14 disaster, Tony Elumelu, Founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), yesterday donated $500,000, about N185 million to the people and government of Sierra Leone.
Elumelu who was on a visit to the country to commiserate with the government and people of sierra Leone over the loss caused by devastating mudslides and floods that claimed hundreds of lives and left many more still missing.
Elumelu who was in the company of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and Sierra Leonean President Ernest Koroma, visited some of the survivors at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown upon arrival in the country.
“Later on at the Sierra Leonean State house, Mr Elumelu made a donation of $250,000 on behalf of the Tony Elumelu Foundation and another $250,000 on behalf of staff, management and directors of United Bank for Africa (UBA) as emergency aid grants for victims of the mudslides,” information on the event said.
The Sierra Leonean President commended Elumelu’s presence in the country’s times of need, stating, “In you we have a brother and someone we can rely on.”