By Denis Agbo
Abakaliki – Succour has come the way of five widows of Amagu-Ikwo in Ebonyi State as a philanthropist and youth leader in the state, Mr. Chinedu Ogah, through his Chiboy Foundation, has built five units of two-bedroom apartments, one each for the five indigent widows who more or less previously lived under thatched roof huts that leaked water during rainy seasons and quite discomforting for human inhabitation.
Recently the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Professor Chigozie Ogbu in company of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Austin Nwankwagu, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Nora Aloh among other state functionaries commissioned the projects and officially handed the apartments over to the beneficries.
Understandably, the functionaries and the community leaders of Amagu-Ikwo were full of praises and appreciation to Mr. Ogah. But the greatest appreciation came from one of the beneficiary widows who gave her name as Paulina. She said: â€œMy heart is Paulina, Paulina and I prayed God to bless Chinedu Ogah the more so that he can replicate what he has one for us to many others who are indigent like us.â€
Remarkably, it was not only the widowsâ€™ apartments that were commissioned by the government functionaries that weekend.Â Â Â Other community projects like culverts that the Chiboy Foundation constructed for better access to the villages were also commissioned. The Chiboy Foundation had previously distributed wheel chairs to the physically-challenged, paid hospital bills for some patients at Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki and gave scholarships to some indigent students in 41 secondary schools and over 82 university undergraduates in various tertiary institutions.
The Chiboy Foundation also did electricity and solar energy projects at Item Amagu Ikwo where electricity was previously not available and the people needed power more than they needed safe drinking water. Ogah, the Foundationâ€™s President said it is a non-governmental organisation solely nutured and funded by Chiboy Group of Companies â€œwith the sole aim of helping and alleviating the hardship of widows, indigent students, the jobless youths and indeed to assist humanityâ€.
Ogah stressed that the â€œChiboy Foundation engages in various developmental projects and programmes with the aim and desire of assisting the government of Governor Martin Elechi in carrying out his projects which have direct impact on the people of Ebonyi State and non-indigenes resident in the stateâ€.
TheÂ parent body, the Chiboy Group of companies, has concerns in automobiles sales, services, farming and sundry ventures. It is in this capacity that it has been galvanizing and employing the youths of the state but more importantly inculcating positive attitudes in the young people.
Ogah recently celebrated his birthday with the inmates of Abakaliki Prisons, the inmates of Home for Destitute and the Abakaliki Motherless Babies Home. Rather than pop champagne, Ogah shared various gifts, including clothes, wrappers, bags of rice, and toiletries to the needy. To his course mates in the Department of Microbiology, Ebonyi State University (EBSU), he gave a computer set, saying it was a token, giving a bit back to them that gave him much.
Ogah, who is the state PDP youth leader, last year, received Governor Elechi in his farm where youths are employed and trained in various agricultural practices like fish ponds, grass cutter production, among others. He told the Governor that the two-year-old farm clinched the second position in a fish farming competition recently organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
â€œMy venture into farming is my humble contribution to the efforts of government to boost food production, empower and create employment for the youths. We have trained students from universities and colleges of education on industrial attachment, 20 student from the Department of Agriculture, Ebonyi State University recently finished theIR IT at the farm. â€œCurrently 30 students from the Federal College of Agriculture Ishiagu, Ebonyi State are here on training, five others from NDE, 30 others from Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states as well as 15 NYSC members ,â€ Ogar said.