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From culture to philanthropy


By Evelyn Osagie

These are trying times indeed”, began the Enachioken of Abiriba, HRM Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu (IV). “No one is left out. Everyone needs a kind word and a helping hand if one is to survive this time. We must all stand by each other.”

He made the statements while addressing some indigenes of Abiriba led by a league of friends of the Onarubi/Ojighirindu Age Grade of Abiriba known as the Enyioma Ena Otutu Enyi at the monarch’s palace.

Over the years, the group has been noted for its cultural activities but has since grown to become even more famous for its diverse humanitarian projects.This time, they were at Enachioken’s palace on another humanitarian mission with some secondary schools’ pupils and their parents.

As part of its selfless services to the community and as a post COVID-19 intervention project to help parents and students in the public schools,the group has awarded scholarships to all students in the exit classes (SSS3 and JSS3) and educational materials.

According to the group’s President, Mr. Akanu Okoro Obasi, the project is aimed at helping parents, whose source of living have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is also meant to challenge the students to work harder as the best graduating students from the schools will be offered scholarships by the group to further their education. It gives us great joy that not only are we donating educational materials but are also awarding these scholarships by paying up the school fees arrears for all students in the exit classes (SS3 and JSS3) of three schools in the community, even as we are refunding the WASSCE fees to parents who have already paid. We thanked the Enachioken-in-Council for their efforts in fostering peace and progress in the community and the Local Government chairman for his leadership,” he said during a handing over ceremony held at the Enachioken’s palace.

The event also attracted dignitaries, including the Ohafia Local Government Chairman, Hon Fred Idika, who was the Special Guest of Honour, Hon Dimgba Ejieke representing Agboji ward at the local government and Mr. Kalu Agbai Ikpenyi (Enyioma Ena, Secretary-General).

HRM Ogbu praised members of the group, for such great and selfless service and called on all other individuals and groups to emulate such initiative for community development.

While reiterating the monarch’s admonition, Idika reassured of his council’s readiness to always partner with them in providing meaningful services to the community.

The Director of Socials of Enyioma Ena Otutu enyi, Mr Frank Ndukwo Edede, promised the community that the group will continue to support educational and other developmental projects in Abiriba.

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