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emeka o Nigerian Philanthropist and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Chrome Group, a Nigerian oil and gas conglomerate, Emeka Offor has given a sum of $1 million to Rotary’s PolioPlus program, supporting global efforts in eradicating the dreaded disease. Sir Emeka Offor’s personal commitment to the eradication effort of polio is close to home as he is a citizen of one of the countries where the wild polio is aggressively fought against; the other two being Afghanistan and Pakistan. He explained, “Polio was common during my childhood in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria. My friends, classmates, and their siblings all fell victim to this terrible disease.  As a young man, I vowed I would someday do something significant to end polio in Nigeria.” His commitment to the eradication of this dreaded disease is shown as he has given adding last year and this year, a total sum of $3.1 million to the cause. Beyond his financial contributions, Emeka Offor is increasingly active as Rotary’s PolioPlus Ambassador in Nigeria. He works with a team of Rotary leaders to liaise with the Government of Nigeria through the federal and state health systems and primary health centres in local government areas where polio eradication efforts are most needed. They also work with religious and traditional leaders whose support is needed for successful immunization campaigns. Two months ago, he opened a PolioPlus Ambassador’s office at no cost to Rotary in Abuja, Nigeria.  This office, commissioned by Rotary Trustee Chair Dong Kurn Lee, serves as a hub for his PolioPlus ambassadorial activities in Nigeria and supports the work of Rotary’s National PolioPlus Committee. Past Rotary Vice President, John Germ who leads Rotary’s fundraising efforts for polio eradication says of Emeka Offor’s support, “Rotary is proud to be working with a business and humanitarian leader like Sir Emeka Offor. With Sir Emeka’s support, Nigeria has made significant progress and is closer than ever to eliminating polio within its borders. We are confident we will eliminate this disease from the world and ensure no child ever again has to suffer from its crippling effects.”  

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This article was first published on 3rd June 2014

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