Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
In line with its poverty alleviation programme, the Alexander Igwe Ajoku Education and Poverty Alleviation Foundation have stepped up efforts to empower the more youths and women in his community, Igbo, in Owerri West council area of Imo State. It said when the groups are fully empowered; they would be in a position to encourage others to be useful to the society.
Already, the foundation has presented 15 tricycles to some youths of the community and would soon grant revolving loans to petty women traders in the community. Speaking at the presentation ceremony yesterday in Owerri, the executive director of the foundation, Barr. Obinna Ajoku said the initiative was to empower the youths and the women economically to be more useful to the society and by extension reduce crime that would have resulted from them being employed.
A breakdown of the items showed that seven tricycles were given out last and eight were given out this year to the five villages that make up Egbu Community. He disclosed that the gesture was meant to be revolving said that beneficiaries were expected to repay the exact amount with which the tricycle was bought— N415000 only— instead of the usual higher purchase which business men gave out. While answering questions on what informed his decision to float the foundation, Ajoku said the foundation was founded as a means of gratitude to God.
“I have no reason not to be grateful to God because of the numerous blessings he has bestowed upon this family. My father is almost 85 years and my mother is 80 years, but all these years, there has not been any day that I took them to hospital. But most of my friends always send their parents to India, America and London because of ill health with millions of naira that they spend along.
So, I should be grateful enough to use part of the money with which I would have taken my parents abroad for medical treatment to sort out some poor people to be a bit comfortable”, he said. He promised that much as God continued to make him prosper, he would continue to increase the annual empowerment items Speaking earlier, the traditional ruler of the community, His Royal Highness, Eze Felix Egbukole expressed happiness that one of his subjects had used part of his resources to empower the less privileged members of the community.