By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA- A philanthropist and Founder, Nyerere Anyim Education Support Initiative, NAESI, Dr. Nyerere Anyim has called on wealthy individuals to assist the less privileged to reduce the high rate of poverty in the country.
Anyim, who made the call while receiving the eleven graduates of his scholarship programme who came on a thank you tour to him in Aba, said the society could become better if more wealthy individuals and corporate organizations would invest in scholarship and empowerment programmes to reduce poverty.
The students, who graduated in 2016, comprise four university graduates and seven secondary school students sponsored through studies by NAESI, commended their sponsor for his care. According to Anyim, “”It is about service to God and humanity; touch lives and give hope to the hopeless. It is just my little contribution to the development of the society to assist indigent students who wish to be educated but do not have the finances. We are not celebrating what we have been doing; our work has always spoken for us. It is not for us to have our millions in the bank while our next door neighbours are unable to send their children to school.
Sponsoring ofindigent students
I’m of the opinion that your wealth only has value when you use it to help the poor and needy. More wealthy Nigerians and corporate organizations should be able to assist people with the wealth God had blessed us with.
“This is our 11th year of sponsoring indigent students in various schools and skill acquisition centres. For the past 11 years, in our little capacity, NAESI has sponsored these indigent children particularly orphans, whether in the university or secondary school, fully including school fees, boarding fees, books, etc, without making noise about it. We have four students who just graduated from the University. A good number of the beneficiaries of the NAESI scholarship scheme in the University category are now working and earning a living for themselves and their families.
“It has been a great joy watching them grow from almost hopeless children to secondary school and university graduates. But for our intervention, whose knows where or how they would have ended up. We give God all the glory.
Earlier, Coordinator, NAESI, Mrs. Blessing Eze, had explained that that the Foundation has trained 15university and 121 secondary school graduates and empowered 65 youths through skill acquisitions and entrepreneurship development.
She disclosed that beneficiaries of the scheme had always come out in flying colours, commended Anyim for caring for the less privileged of the society, and urged wealthy individuals in the area to emulate him.