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April 17, 2024

Foundation seeks to bridge poverty-gap in Nigeria

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By Chukwuemeka Opara

The Ebele and Anyi Chuks Foundation, a non-governmental organisation says it seeks to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor with its humanitarian activities.

Dr Ifeanyichukwu Odii, founder of the foundation made the disclosure at Isu, his hometown while distributing food items, cash among others to the people of the area to celebrate the Christmas and New Year.

Odii said that there was much gap between the rich and poor in the country, which has created inequality and discontent among the people.

“The foundation has been assisting the needy and empowering people for over 15 years and was motivated by God’s selflessness in sacrificing his only son to save mankind.

“We have built 77 houses for indigent persons, six churches to assist in propagating God’s word and a palace for the tradition ruler of the area.

“I have added another 23 houses to the 77 houses we built and they would soon be handed over to the beneficiaries,” he said.

The foundation’s founder said that he built the houses with the same quality he used in building his house in Lagos and this was to give the beneficiaries a sense of belonging.

“This is to make the children of the beneficiaries appreciate God’s kindness on them and make them offer nothing less when they want to assist others.

“Nigerians always offer leftovers to others, but at the Ebele and Anyi Chuks Foundation, we selflessly offer all we have with the fear of God,” he said.

He noted that the foundation’s activities do not have political undertones as the United Nations has always identified with its ideals.

“Everyone cannot be in the forefront of politics and there would be people who would operate at the home front to organise things.

“We pray for God’ continuous guidance and capacity to impact positively on the society and once such grace continues, our efforts would be relentless,” he said.

Odii said that the foundation’s activities extend beyond the frontiers of Ebonyi and Nigeria as it has supported people with empowerment packages, scholarships among others.

“We constructed over 2.2km of asphalted road with drainages in Magodo Estate Lagos, while distributing COVID-19 palliatives to people in 11 states of the country,” he said.

Mr Christian Onu, The foundation’s Coordinator in Ebonyi said that its staff were motivated by the zeal shown by the founder and his wife Ebele, to assist humanity.

“We are presently distributing over 15, 000 bags of rice, over 2000 bales of wrapper, cash running into millions of naira and also empowering youths to be self- dependent during this exercise,” he said.

He said that the foundation strictly observed COVID-19 protocols: use of face masks, hand washing and use of sanitisers during the distribution while restricting the number of attendees.

Sen. Amah Nnachi (PDP-Ebonyi South) commended the foundation for its philanthropy to people in his senatorial zone, noting that its gestures do not have political undertones.

“Dr Odii has done the senatorial zone proud and his actions should be emulated by all especially those involved in politics,” he said.

Mrs Vivian Nwaje, one of the beneficiaries thanked the foundation for the gesture and prayed that God gives it the enablement to sustain good works.

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