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Philanthropist urges wealthy Nigerians to help reduce poverty

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.

Anyim (centre) flanked by some graduates of the NAESI scholarship scheme and their Coordinator.

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.

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