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NO NETWORK; FUEL SCARCITY: Telecoms companies, oil firms boycott fundraising for flood victims

Telecommunications service providers as well as oil and gas giants in the country on Thursday evening boycotted a fundraising dinner organised by the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation.

The committee, co-chaired by business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), was inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of the floods that ravaged most parts of the country to raise fund for the needs of the victims.

At the dinner which saw construction companies and some other business concerns and individuals donating generously to help the victims of the floods, none of the telecommunications firms was represented.

After making several announcements without response from the firms, Dangote, who anchored the donation segment of the programme, had to extract a commitment from the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, that she would reach out to the firms and collect their donations.

Dangote extracted the same commitment from the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who promised to reach out to oil and gas firms.

None of all the banks in the country also made donation at the event.

In all, about N11.35bn was realised at the event, which saw Dangote emerging as the highest individual donor with N2.15bn.

The business mogul said he had earlier donated N200m to Kogi State and had made N150m available to the committee to run its secretariat.

Thursday’s gesture brought its total donation to N2.5bn.

Jonathan announced a donation of N2.5bn on behalf of the Federal Government, while Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State announced a donation of N1.8bn on behalf of the 36 governors.

Telecommunications service providers as well as oil and gas giants in the country on Thursday evening boycotted a fundraising dinner organised by the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation.

The committee, co-chaired by business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), was inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of the floods that ravaged most parts of the country to raise fund for the needs of the victims.

At the dinner which saw construction companies and some other business concerns and individuals donating generously to help the victims of the floods, none of the telecommunications firms was represented.

After making several announcements without response from the firms, Dangote, who anchored the donation segment of the programme, had to extract a commitment from the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, that she would reach out to the firms and collect their donations.

Dangote extracted the same commitment from the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who promised to reach out to oil and gas firms.

None of all the banks in the country also made donation at the event.

In all, about N11.35bn was realised at the event, which saw Dangote emerging as the highest individual donor with N2.15bn.

The business mogul said he had earlier donated N200m to Kogi State and had made N150m available to the committee to run its secretariat.

Thursday’s gesture brought its total donation to N2.5bn.

Jonathan announced a donation of N2.5bn on behalf of the Federal Government, while Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State announced a donation of N1.8bn on behalf of the 36 governors.

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  1. God bless Dangote and other member of the committee.

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