Reporter : CHRISTIAN NWANGENE
A Non-governmental Organization, DONBIDD Foundation, has distributed empowerment packages to over fifty indigent unemployed youths in Eke Community, Udi Local Government Area to start up life.
The beneficiaries comprising males and females emerged from the seven villages that make-up Eke Community through ballot.
The Founder of the Organization, Ozo Donatus Oguejiofor, said the gesture was to give back to his community and as a way to reduce unemployment among the people.
According to Ozo Oguejiofor, his Foundation targets over five hundred members of the community for empowerment before the end of 2021.
“I want to give back to the people, I know how I started, in fact, I remembered yesterday. They need it, it is not that I’ve too much money, I don’t even have, but I know that I’ve to suffer myself to make sure that some other people are happy.
“Meanwhile, I’m targeting 500 people in one year by God grace. People are answering me, you can see some people that are giving me N200,000, what am I going to do with it? I will add money and buy more things.
“Some are giving me N50,000, some are bringing N5000, I will just pack all the money and include my own money again and continue forging ahead, I’m targeting 500 people by God grace under one year,” Ozo Oguejiofor said
Earlier in a sermon, the Parish Priest, St. Andrew’s Mount, Awkunanaw, the Very Reverend Father Monsignor Christopher Enem, said the donor had demonstrated God’s injunction, which admonished the wealthy to use their wealth to help the poor and console the downtrodden.
“Since this celebration came in the context of Christmas celebration, and since we know the purpose of Christmas is about restating what God did: love of God, and it has been translated into practice by our friend, Oguejiofor. He made it practical by providing these things to aid and assist the poor. And then, that’s in consonance with the teachings of Jesus Himself, who has special interest with the marginalized, the poor,” the priest remarked.
The Traditional Ruler of Eke Community, Igwe Harry Onuoha, and the Chairman, Eke Progressive Forum (EPF), Dr. Uba Anichebe, who commended the donor for relieving the community of some problems facing it, noted that not every wealthy person had the heart to lift the poor out of poverty.
Two of the beneficiaries, Mr. Kevin Aniekwe and Miss. Queendaline Ifunaya Okeke, said it was a privilege to be among those that received the empowerment packages, and expressed gratitude to God and the donor, for the opportunity.
“The man is God sent, previously we used to go to different villages where they do this kind of thing, I never know that this is real in my community. So, actually, God will definitely bless him. He is a very good man, kind man. Making the poor to feel as if to say they are human beings, I like that. It is good,” Kevin Aniekwe said.
For Okeke Ifunaya, “I thank him and pray for God’s blessings upon him and his family. He is trying and may he continue his good work in Eke.”
Items given to the beneficiaries included, grinding machine, motorcycles, sewing machine, hair dryer, generating sets and Point of Sale (POS) machines.