Zenith Bank donates N100m to emergency relief fund for Lagos explosion victims

Zenith Bank

Zenith Bank Plc has donated N100 million to the emergency relief fund set up by the Lagos State Government for victims of the explosion at Abulo-Edo, Amuwo Odofin LGA.

The bank’s Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, made the pledge on Wednesday when the management of the bank visited Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State House, Marina, Lagos to condone with him and the people of Lagos on the explosion which occurred on March 15 leading to the loss of lives and property.

Speaking during the visit, Mr Onyeagwu said: “For us in Zenith, we share in the concerns and the very traumatic experience that Lagos state is passing through. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, those who lost their lives and those who are still in the hospitals, recovering.

“We can only but pray that God will comfort the families. We are also very impressed with the fact that the response from the Lagos State Government was quick, rapid and immediate. There is nothing you can do to quantify the loss of lives. The only thing one can do is to ameliorate the sufferings, the pains and the discomfort of those who have been terribly impacted.

“So, we would like to let Mr. Governor know that we share with him at this moment. We are aware that you’ve also set up a relief fund account and we are willing to make an immediate contribution of N100 million.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu expressed appreciation to the bank’s management for taking time out of their busy schedule to embark on the visit and stand with the state government in this trying moment.

While thanking the bank for the N100 million donation to the emergency relief fund, he also expressed his delight at the bank’s acceptance of the offer to co-house the fund.

Sanwo-Olu had on Monday while speaking with stakeholders and journalists at the explosion site, disclosed that a N2 billion Abule Ado/Soba Emergency Relief Fund had been set up for the victims.

He said the state government had already donated N250 million to the fund and solicited for support from all Nigerians including the private sector.