Over five hundred million naira was raised at the launching of Imo Foundation which took place in Owerri, the Imo State capital recently.
In a speech at the occasion, the Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha said that the establishment of the foundation is a fulfillment of his covenant with Almighty God and noted that keeping faith with God would enable him to live up to his responsibilities to the people of Imo State.
He disclosed that life is not complete without charity work, pointing out that Imo Foundation would be genuinely committed to the welfare of the deprived, the homeless as well as those whose health condition require treatment abroad.
Speaking further, the governor stated that “wealth not shared is wealth condemned” and urged the people of Imo State to see the establishment of the Imo Foundation as a gesture of his spiritual accomplishment rather than his political achievement.
He commended Imo state legislators for passing the bill on the establishment of the foundation and assured them that the project will stand the test of time.
Presenting her address at the occasion, the Director General of Imo foundation, Mrs. Ngozi Njoku stated that the establishment is a body devoid of bureaucratic bottle-necks which is meant to cater for the poor people in the society.
Mrs. Njoku explained that the aims and objectives of the foundation are to coordinate the humanitarian activities of the State government and to serve as a bridge between the rich and the poor through the provision of emergency relief services and assistance to internally displaced persons.
Earlier in a speech, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state who happened to be the Chairman of the occasion said the foundation is a project that is geared towards taking care of the people of Imo State, and urged the people to pray for a better Nigeria.
Also present at the launching was an Industrialist, Chief Arthur Eze who donated the sum of 250 million naira and a London based Medical practitioner, Dr. A.B.C. Ojiakor among others.
Written by: Government House, Owerri (Media Unit)
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