Elumelu Bags Belgium’s Highest Honour




The Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC, Tony Elumelu, has been conferred with Belgium's highest honour, Officer in the Order of Leopold.
 
The Ambassador of Belgium to Nigeria, Ambassador Daniel Bertrand, presented the royal decoration on Sunday, November 15, the Belgian King’s Day and a symbolic national day of celebration, at the Belgian House in Abuja, with public and private sector leaders witnessing the ceremony.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who was at the event, said: “Your Excellency Ambassador Daniel Bertrand, Ambassador of Belgium, let me, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, express our deepest appreciation to the King and Queen of Belgium for recognising the wonderful work of Mr. Tony Elumelu and what he is doing in our nation and on the continent of Africa by prioritising the empowerment of our youth”.

Commenting further, he said: “Mr. Elumelu, I listened to your priorities, which include; eradicating poverty, creating jobs and improving access to electricity and I can assure you that this was the motivation of President Muhammadu Buhari when he spoke about lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

"When we identify somebody in the private sector who believes in that core mandate, the government has no option but to continue to support your endeavours, and I can assure you that on behalf of the President, you will continue to receive it."  

Mustapha concluded, “As Nigerians, we stand here today very proud of the excellent work Mr Elumelu has done in Nigeria and on our continent and we ask him to do more.”
 
The founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Monday morning had taken to his verified Twitter page to share the news tweeting: "Last night, the Kingdom of Belgium conferred on me with the honorary distinction of Officer in the Order of Leopold, the country’s oldest and most important National Honour.

"I am humbled by this recognition of the work Tony Elumelu Foundation in catalysing entrepreneurs across Africa and will continue to drive the economic empowerment of our brilliant young #Africanentrepreneurs to propel development in Africa.

"Thank you @MonarchieBe @BEinNigeria and as Belgium reflects on and resets her relationship with Africa, we look forward to further partnership."

Earlier in 2019, Elumelu was conferred with the National Productivity Merit Award in Nigeria and had recently featured in the 2020 Time 100 most influential people in the world alongside Nigerian-Greek professional basketball player, Giannis Antetokounmpo; Bestselling Nigerian-American novelist, Tomi Adeyemi and Cardiologist, Dr. Tunji Funsho.

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