Nigeriaâ€™s Second National telecoms Operator, Globacom , has launched an appeal to raise funds to support the rehabilitation of the unfortunate victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti .
Described as one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent human history and more massive in repercussion than the Asian tsunami, the Haitian earthquake disaster has seen almost total destruction of the Haitian capital, Port_au_Prince and the loss of an estimated 200,000 lives.
Announcing the commencement of the fundraising programme in Lagos , Globacomâ€™s Group COO, Mr. Mohamed Jameel said the appeal was being made in order to ensure that Nigerians have an opportunity to contribute their own quota to the salvage and rehabilitation effort being launched globally for the people of Haiti .
â€œThis is a human disaster of almost unimaginable proportions and most Nigerians who are willing to help do not know how to contribute towards the relief effort. To this end, we have decided to launch this appeal by the creation of a short code through which Nigerians can make donations to help the Haitian peopleâ€, he said.
He said the company is calling on all Nigerians, especially its subscribers to make contributions of a minimum of N50 by sending the word HAITI to the short code 33090 which has been specially created for the purpose. Subscribers, however, are free to donate as many times as they wish to the relief effort by sending multiple SMS at the cost of N50 per SMS.
Jameel said that all donations made by Nigerians through the short code will be presented on a monthly basis on behalf of the Nigerian people to the Nigerian Red Cross which is already on ground in Haiti through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He also promised that none of the proceeds will be withheld as the project is being undertaken on compassionate grounds and in line with Gloâ€™s corporate responsibility obligations.