Again, Tony Elumelu shines
Tony Elumelu, Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Heirs Holdings, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation recently received a recognition award, which was handed out by President Muhammadu Buhari himself, at the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Sokoto.
Elumelu was recognised alongside Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, Col Hameed Ali, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, and Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, a former Chief of Army Staff. All these people had made salutary impact on the Nigerian Army in different ways.
Though his foundation, Elumelu carried out entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities for Nigerian soldiers, both living and dead. He organises and funds skill acquisition trainings for the army, extending his bowels of mercy to both the living and the dead. The Foundation also cares for widows and children of deceased soldiers, and no less than 220 widows have been given succor, without a prompting.
After being trained, each widow is given a start up capital of two thousand dollars, while job opportunities are also given to retired and ex-service personnel in the conglomerate headed by Elumelu. This goes a long way to boost the morale of serving troops.
Elumelu has been named one of the winners of TIME 100 Impact Awards for 2022, for his selfless humanitarian activities and support for business upscaling for Africans in Africa. He had in 2020 also been named on TIME’s list of 100 most influential people in the world.