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Monday, 1 January 2018

Gov Umahi, Ebonyi Deputy Gov, Others Partner NGO To Empower Communities

David Umahi
Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi,
his Deputy, Barrister Eric Kelechi Igwe, the
South East Zonal Vice Chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief
Austine Umahi among other prominent
Ebonyians on Sunday 31 December 2017,
joined Ebele & Anyi Chuks Foundation to
empower widows, youths and indigent
students from Old Ohazara and Ebonyi
South Senatorial zone of the state.
Ebele & Anyi Chuks Foundation is a
humanitarian organisation owned and
funded by Isuechara-Onicha born business
mogul and CEO of Orient Global Nigeria
Limited, Chief Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii,
popularly known as AnyiChuks, towards
emancipating humanity from
underdevelopment and poverty through
youths empowerment, social security and
economic liberation.
Speaking at Isuechara Primary School in
Onicha Local Government Area, the venue
of the event, Governor David Umahi, who
was visibly happy, described the business
mogul and philanthropist as a large-
hearted friend who has endeared himself to
him and many Ebonyians through
humanitarian gestures.
Umahi specifically commended the
philanthropist for what he described as his
uncommon and unflinching support for his
administration, describing him as a
member of the caucus of his government
even though he does not hold any political
appointment.
“As you can see the heavy presence of
government functionaries here. From
Coordinators of Development Centres,
Council Chairmen, Exco members, Speaker
and members of our House of Assembly
and leaders of our great party, PDP. This is
to show you that Anyi is a member of the
caucus of our government. He has been
with us even from the campaign period to
this period.
“So, on behalf of my government, I want to
thank Anyi Chuks and his family for their
support to us especially during the
campaign. He has been a source of
support to us, fighting for, assisting us
and supporting in all ways. We are here to
express our gratitude to him and his
family and pray that God will continue to
bless him.
“There is no doubt that he has been a
source of succour and help to the less
privileged in this community and Ebonyi
state in general. It is not easy to build a
two-storey building of six classrooms and
furnish it with laboratory and ICT Centre
and donate to the people.
“There are many here and among us who
have more money but they can’t do it.
Anyi is a good man; he is a kindhearted
man and I am proud to say that he is my
friend and a friend of our government.
He further promised to liaise with the state
Commissioner for Education, Prof. John
Eke, in line with all relevant procedures to
ensure that a secondary school is
approved and granted to the community,
which he said, would commence from the
new two-storey building before government
erects new structures to support the
school.
He noted that his administration was
ready to work with any individual or group
with passion for speedy and holistic
development of state like Chief Ifeanyi
Chukwuma Odii.
In his remarks earlier, the Chairman of the
occasion and Zonal Vice Chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party, South East,
Chief Austine Umahi, said that wealth
accumulated for the purposes of self is
useless and called on the wealthy men of
the society to emulate the generosity of
Anyi Chuks and his wife Ebele in order to
make the society a better place for all.
In his welcome address earlier, the
Founder of the Foundation, Chief Ifeanyi
Chukwuma Odii, opined that Ebele &
AnyiChuks Foundation which started over
a decade ago, was founded as part of his
vision and passion to contribute in the
development of his community and Ebonyi
state in general, adding that there is no
deeper feeling of satisfaction than putting
genuine smiles on the faces of the people
on account of how well their lives have
been impacted.”
Commenting on why his foundation built
the two-storey classroom blocks with
modern facilities for the community, Anyi
said that it was upon the understanding
that education remains the surest and
fastest route to intellectual salvation and
economic prosperity.
He said: ‘It is indispensable that the new
school edifice would not only add
aesthetic glamour to this community, but
in a great deal improve and deepen the
quality of teaching and learning within it.”
The philanthropist appealed to the
governor to graciously approve a new
secondary school for the community,
noting that his people have suffered since
the colonial era to date because of lack of
lack of secondary school in the area.
He said his people have had to walk long
distance into neighbouring communities to
get secondary education for many years
now.
The business mogul, in addition to the
newly constructed and equipped school
building, also distributed 50 motorcycles,
50 sewing machines, 50 grinding
machines, 1,000 bags of rice, 500 pieces
of wrappers and 20 pieces of hairdryers to
mark the 2017 edition of Ebele &
AnyiChuks Empowerment Programme.
500 pieces of wrappers, 50 sewing
machines, 50 Hairdressing equipment, 50
grinding machines, 50 Ladies’ Motorcycles
were also given out to the less privileged.
The Eze Elect for the community, H.R.H
Eze Idika Ajah and Mr. Nweze Reuben
President General of Isuechara Community
in their separate interviews with the
INDEPENDENT commended the business
man and his wife for their philanthropic
gestures in the community and prayed God
to continue to bless them.
Other dignitaries who graced the occasion
included the First Lady of the state, Mrs.
Rachael Umahi; Wife of the Deputy
Governor, Mrs. Nnenna Igwe;
representatives Linus Abaa Okorie
(OHANIVO) Idul Igariwey (Afikpo North/
South) Chukwuma Nwanzuku (Ohaukwu/
Ebonyi and a former Senator Chief
Silvanus Ngiji Ngele among others

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