Fortune Club International, a Non-Governmental Organization is aiming to sign on over 50, 000 individuals from within and outside Nigeria to assist less privileged people across communities in Nigeria.
The initiative, the club saidÂ is aimedÂ Â at bringing succour to individuals in pursuit of the organizationâ€™s commitment to affecting the lives of the needy.
In a statement, Mr. Maurice Ukpong, President of the club said the initiative is aimed at assisting indigent students and people aspiring to acquire education in Nigerian communities without the wherewithal to realize their aspirations. He noted that the initiative, named, â€˜Project Restorationâ€™ would help to restore hope to millions of young people in Nigeria who have seen their ambitions slipping as a result of the encumbrances surrounding their families and communities where they live.
According to him, â€œproject restoration seeks to mobilize over 50,000 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria at home and in the diaspora to support the course of alleviating poverty and suffering, especially denial of access to education and basic needs among other thingsâ€
He informed that the project will begin with a pilot in Oron, Akwa Ibom State , following which it would extend to other parts of Nigeria , adding that every Nigerian who is deprived of access to quality education stands to benefit as the project would be replicated from proceeds accruing from the initial launch in July this year.
â€œThe fact that many Nigerians have signed on to the project and many more are willing to be a part of this initiative is a huge endorsement for the project and we are convinced that the outcome of the July and the judicious utilization of the launch proceeds would convinced other well_meaning individuals to join usâ€, Maurice observed.
He further said that participation on the project is gathering momentum through the on_line mobilization ahead of the planned launch in Lagos later this month.
In a letter posted on the associationâ€™s on_line portal, the leadership of Fortune Club International had indicated that the core essence of Project Restoration is aptly expressed in the project tag line which is â€˜keeping the dream aliveâ€™
The letter further said, â€˜our target is to have 50,000 people sign on for this project with as little as N1000.00 contribution. The funds realized will be managed by eminent personalities in our society who are not members of the club but people with impeccable character, proven integrity and track record of achievementâ€™.
While lamenting the condition of many brilliant secondary school leavers whose dream of acquiring higher education hangs in the balance due to no fault of theirs but to socio_economy environment, Fortune Club said it is using the project to assist these category of people among many other lees privileged Nigerians to attain their aspirations. Essentially, Fortune Club is hoping to draw attention to the state of the worldâ€™s poor especially those in communities identified in Nigeria with a view to finding a common ground for assisting them to have access to descent life livelihood. The Club also plans to provide instructional materials to schools and assist in terms of accommodation, noting that priority will be given to pupils who have become exposed to danger as a result of studying under dilapidated and poor facilities.
On the rationale for selecting Oron in Akwa Ibom State, the club in its statement of intention said it is spurred by the believe that something good must start from somewhere and the selection only underscores the urgency to come to the aid of communities in that part of Nigeria where many indigent students continue to face deprivation, stressing that Oron represents the challenges faced by people in other communities in Nigeria.