Emeka Offor's Tireless Humanitarian Gestures Rewarded......As President Buhari Pays Homage
A popular quote on Giving ( humanitarian deeds ) says " No one has ever became poor by giving the less privileged "
Such is the attitude of business mogul and tireless philanthropist, Chief Sir Emeka Offor - his case is legendary
Little wonder, last night President Muhammadu Buhari openly congratulated the businessman and philanthropist, on receiving The Sun Newspaper Humanitarian Award, describing his nomination as well-deserved.
In a reaction to the letter notifying him of the award, President Buhari said: "I am elated to learn that you have been nominated for this humanitarian award by The Sun Newspaper, and I will say without any fear of contradiction that they couldn't have made a better choice."
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)Garba Shehu; quoting the President
"Chief Offor has dedicated himself for years to humanitarian causes including the eradication of polio and river blindness, and I urge other rich men to emulate his noble deeds."
President Buhari said that "using your wealth to touch the life of others in society is one of the greatest demonstrations of selflessness and compassion."
He added that Chief Offor "will have his name etched in gold by posterity and history because of his philanthropic activities in the country."
*Sir Offor : A life of tireless Giving
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a non-governmental philanthropic organisation, was established in 2006 in Nigeria.
The foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged in society through philanthropy, and focuses primarily on giving support and hope to those in need.
Working on the principle that the very poor and needy can become active and productive members of society, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is committed to human and material capacity development; skills acquisition and transfer at the grassroots level, leading to the establishment of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), cooperative societies and small scale businesses, for the less privileged.
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has so far committed over N750 million (USD 4.9m) to charitable projects.
The Foundation’s intervention programmes are through the following schemes:
Youth Empowerment Scheme
Widows Cooperative Scheme
Education Scholarship Scheme
Health Scheme Services
Infrastructure Development Scheme
Sir Emeka Offor is also a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.
© A Cerutti Humanitarian world report by Mike Cerutti Osagie