His Excellency the President of the Republic of Somaliland, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud ‘Silanyo’, called an emergency meeting for prominent business community members of Somaliland to apprise them of the drought situation in Somaliland and to discuss ways to rush aid to affected areas.
Following a lively discussion on the issue at hand, chaired by the President, participating business moguls contributed generously to the drought effort as below:
Dahabshiil Group US$200 000
Somcable US$200 000
Oomaar Trading Group US$200 000
Telesom US$ 150 000
Berbera oil group US$ 150 000
Al Harbi Trading US$ 80 000
Bahsane Trading $50 000
Assorted personalities at venue US$ 5000
Grand Total US$ 1,035, 000
His Excellency the Minister of the Presidency, Mohamoud Hashi Abdi, reading out the donations, added that the money collected at the Thursday occasion at the Presidency would be credited to the National Drought Committee account for forward dispatch to distressed communities beset by the harsh clime who are in dire need of timely succor.
Minister Hashi stated that haphazard contributions from relief organizations must cease. Instead, he said, all aid efforts must be addressed to the NDC for best effect and better coordination.
Besides the Presidency Minister, a number of cabinet ministers and NDC members were present.
The Business community donations closely follows another million Dollars the government credited to the NDC on Wednesday.
The founding father of Dahabshiil Group, Mohamed Saeed Duale, and other corporate leaders of the Group attended today’s function at the Presidency. Dahabshiil never failed to heed a social responsibility call that was of critical significance to Somali communities.