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NIGERIAN NEWS UPDATE
« on: January 10, 2008, 07:59:49 PM »
NIGERIAN NEWS UPDATE


Nigeria: DHL Donates N6.5 Million to Country's Polio Eradication Project

9 January 2008
Posted to the web 10 January 2008


Lagos

DHL International Nigeria Limited recently raised the bar in corporate social responsibility when it handed over two cheques totalling N6, 5 million to UNICEF Nigeria.

This donation which is a contribution to UNICEF's immunization programme was specifically for polio eradication.


A breakdown of the sum shows that the management and staff of the company contributed N3.250 million each. The initiative is the result of a unique collaboration between UNICEF and DHL Nigeria employees who donate a percentage of their monthly salary with DHL Nigeria matching the staff donation and remitting the total amount to UNICEF yearly.

Speaking during a ceremony held at the company's headquarters to hand over the cheques, Mr. Grant Mowat - Country Commercial Manager, reiterated DHL's commitment to support the eradication of polio in Nigeria. He thanked the staff for sustaining the fund, urging them not to relent. He called for collaborated efforts from the private sector, non-profit organisations and governments to eradicate polio in Nigeria by 2010, adding that it was only through such concerted efforts that the child killer diseases could be eliminated.

On his part, UNICEF's Chief of Lagos Office, Mr. Karim Akadiri who was represented at the event by Mr. Narendra Shrestha, Supply and Logistics Officer and Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Private Sector Fundraising Specialist expressed appreciation for the contribution, stating that funding is one of the challenges facing eradication of polio in the country because, according to him "polio eradication requires regular immunization activities to ensure that each and every child is reached many times by the vaccine to be fully protected against the disease."

He affirmed that DHL is the only company where staff contribute from their salary to support UNICEF's mandate for children in Nigeria, saying that this is a testimony of DHL's love for and commitment to children. He expressed his excitement and requested other companies to emulate this laudable practice for the benefit of Nigerian children.

He thanked the company for the donation, assuring that the funds will be well utilized to save children from preventable diseases.

The DHL UNICEF partnership dates back a long time ago. In the 2002, the staff of the company started contributing a percentage of their monthly income which is collated and delivered to the world children's body to help in its work of saving children.

Speaking on behalf of fellow staff of the company, Segun Owootori, President, Senior Staff Association, DHL and Idowu Akande, Chairman Maritime Workers'Union (DHL unit) said they were happy for the opportunity offered them to help children, adding that they were even ready to do more. Others present at the ceremony include Mr. Victor Ekundayo, Human Resources Development Manager, DHL and Mrs. Ebun Olapoju, Communications Manager, DHL among others.

SOURCE: http://allafrica.com/stories/200801100216.html
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