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UBA Group Chairman, Elumelu, donates IT Centre to alma mater, Ambrose Alli Varsity

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Another intervention in the nation’s education sector has been made by the UBA Group Chairman, Mr Tony Elumelu, with the donation of a multi-purpose lnformation Technology (IT) Centre to his alma mater, Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma in Edo.

The centre named, ‘The Tony O. Elumelu Multi-purpose Hall,’ has computers, furniture, offices and conveniences.

Elumelu made the donation through the UBA Foundation, its corporate social responsibility arm.

Elumelu said: “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”.
PerSecondnews reports that the centre was handed over to the university at a ceremony attended by members of the Governing Council and staff led by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo.
Highlighting the contributions of UBA to education and development across Africa including Nigeria, UBA’s Directorate Head, South Bank, Mr Chris Ofikulu, said: “As a pan-African 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 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.”

Prof. Onimawo said Elumelu is a product of the university and is therefore  conscious of the need to give back, adding  “there is no substitute for world class educational infrastructure.

“This is what has informed the construction of these facilities, that will help equip the future leaders of our great nation Nigeria.”

Onimawo, who expressed his gratitude the UBA Group Chairman, noted that one of the most needs of the institution had been met.

He urged students to make proper use of the facilities provided by UBA, and to ensure that they emerge great leaders and mentors like Elumelu.

He pointed out that his commitment to catalysing entrepreneurial growth across Africa, through the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and institutionalising African philanthropy, had created a strongly positive role model.

“We at Ambrose Ali University are so proud of our son,Tony Elumelu, and every time we see him doing good across Africa, we feel joy and accomplishment.”

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