Foundation, NGO donate 2m books to schools
October 28, 2012 16:33
Nnewi (Anambra), Oct. 29, 2012 (NAN) Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) and a U.S-based NGO, Books for Africa (BFA), on Sunday donated two million volumes estimated at N100 million to different schools in Anambra.
The beneficiaries are primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
The foundation also donated books and a Peugeot 406 car to Miss Ebere Anaegbuonu, who is an SEOF scholarship beneficiary.
Anaegbuonu earned a first class degree from the Department of Industrial Physics, Anambra State University, Uli.
Chief Emeka Offor, the founder of SEOF, said during the foundation’s 2nd Annual Books and Educational Materials Distribution in Oraifite, near Nnewi, Anambra, that the donation was one way of ``saying thank you to God for uplifting me.
``We would continue to do what we are doing; we are doing these not because we have quantum of money as a foundation but to alleviate poverty from our people, especially the upcoming generations.
``I would also continue to support widows, orphans and less privileged since God has given me the strength and gave me some people to support all these my works for humanity,’’ Offor said.
Mr Thomas Warth, the founder of BFA, said the NGO was ready to give millions of textbooks to Africa but needed the financial support for the logistics to ship the materials.
``Our primary objective is to quench the thirst for books famine in Africa.
``And this we had succeeded in doing via SEOF foundation, which had shipped these 16 40ft containers of textbooks to Nigeria, where they would be distributed to various levels of institutions in Africa,’’ Warth said.
Sen. Ben Obi, Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, commended the organisations for their assistance to the government to meet the educational needs of the institutions and students.
Prof. Fidelis Okafor, Vice-Chancellor of Anambra State University, Uli, thanked the organisations for the donations to the schools.
``Most especially I want to thank Sir Offor for his scholarship programme to some of my students among other students in the country as well as the award of a car gift to one of my brightest students under his scholarship.
``I would assure you on behalf of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools here, that these textbooks would be jealously protected and deployed to the purposes they are meant,’’ Okafor said. (NAN)