Chairman of the United Bank for Africa Group, Tony Elumelu has donated a multipurpose information and technology centre to Ambrose Alli University, Ek
Chairman of the United Bank for Africa Group, Tony Elumelu has donated a multipurpose information and technology centre to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Edo state. The donation was made through the UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the bank, at a ceremony attended by members of the university’s governing council and staff led by Ignatius Onimawo, the vice-chancellor.
The hall, to be named The Tony O. Elumelu multipurpose hall, is furnished with computers, desks and chairs, measures 839 square meters and has adjoining offices and conveniences.
“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 UBA chairman said.
In his remarks, Chris Ofikulu, UBA’s directorate head for south bank, said Elumelu is conscious of the need to give back.
“The UBA Foundation actively promotes the socio-economic 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’ he stated.
“Tony Elumelu is a product of this great university and is conscious of the need to give back and there is no substitute for world-class educational infrastructure, and this is what has informed the construction of these facilities, that will help equip the future leaders of our great nation Nigeria.”
Ignatius Onimawo expressed his gratitude saying one of the university’s most pressing needs for 2020 had been met.