COVID-19: For Ogboji community, it’s succour from an illustrious son

By Editor on 23/04/2020

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Obidike with the 330 bags of rice

That COVID-19, the current scourge ravaging the world will redefine the world is already an establish fact. One of the ways the phenomenon has done this is by giving impetus to the fact that wealth, by itself assumes the true essence when it is put to a plausible usage, in the light of the biblical expression – to whom much is given, much is expected.

All over the world, people earning mega bucks in sports, music and entertainment, businesses, religious organisations, banks have thrown in part of their wealth into uplifting the less privileged.

Nigeria has witnessed no less as many well-to-do people have also followed the same route, doling out food items, medicines and protective gears to members of the public as their contributions towards flattening the curve of a disease that has been declared a pandemic by the world Health Organisation.

Ogboji, a rural farming community in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, witnessed its own largesse in this regard on Tuesday, April 21, as they drank from the milk of human kindness from one of their own.

It was a day no less than 330 bags of rice were distributed to the various villages in the community to help cushion the effects of the lockdown announced by the state government, to fight the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The gesture came from one of their sons, Chief Joseph C. Ubah, Enyi Na Ogboji an industrialist, versatile business mogul and philanthropist, through his organisation (Enyi Na Ogboji Foundation).

The distribution of the largesse, a total of 330 bags of rice, for the 11 villages of the community, was supervised by the officials of the Ogboji Town Union (OUT), led by Chief Mike Obidike.

Obidike, joined by other Secretary of OTU, Mr. John Obiano, handed down the items, in the presence of the heads of the 11 villages of the community, Hon. Stanislaus Nnaka the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uncle Stan Rice, the local rice producing company and members of the community.

Speaking on the essence of the donations, Obidike, who is the President General (PG) of OTU, said it was part of the measures to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by Covid19 on so many people, but most especially on the indigents and vulnerable indigenes of the community.

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Officials of the town union distributing the rice to beneficiaries

“This stimulus package from our brother and son Enyi na Ogboji is line with the support of the good work of Governor Willie Obiano who initiated the stimulus package in the state. We pray that God will continue to provide to Enyi as he has deemed it necessary to feed his people. We enjoin the entire village heads to ensure that the 330 households receive the package.

“We particularly commend Enyi for patronising our own brother Stan Nnaka rice. Such a gesture is what we need. We believe that such patronage is needed not only to improve the productivity of the Uncle Stan Rice, but also enlarging the employment capacity where our sons can be gainfully employed,” he said.

The Uncle Stan Rice boss, also commended the industrialist for creating the Enyi Na Ogboji Foundation, affirming that such a wonderful non-profit organisation, was a welcome development.

His words: “We believe that such an organisation would create an avenue for constructive competition in the quest to develop our dear town. Let me tell everyone here that Enyi Na Ogboji Foundation has come to alleviate our people in so many ways, such as education, empowerment of the youths and provision of food items to the indigents annually.

“Let me also extend appreciation to other people who have donated one thing or the other to the indigents in Ogboji and also restate that many people are still on the way to donate.

Some of the village heads who spoke on the occasion expressed their happiness over what Chief Joseph Ubah has done. One of the village head, who is also chairman of all chairmen in the person of Mr Ugochukwu Okonkwo, representing Aniru village said that such a huge gesture from had never been witnessed and prayed that God will keep multiplying the donor’s pocket for remembering the less-privileged. 

All the village chairmen, who echoed the sentiments, affirmed that the business magnate, whose operations spans through manufacturing to the hospitality industry, has used his wealth well by helping his people rather than humiliating or fighting them and prayed that God would continue to bless him and the community.





Posted on April, 23 2020

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