By Samuel Amah-Ugbor, Abakaliki
The Ebele and Anyi Chuks Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has said it planned to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in its bid to extend humanitarian services to the poor.
Founder of the foundation, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Odii, stated this at Isuechara community, in the Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi, on Monday, while distributing food items, cash gifts, amongst others, to indigent people of the area to celebrate the New Year.
Odii said there was much gap between the rich and poor in the country, which according to him, had created inequality and discontent among the people.
He said, “The foundation has been assisting the needy and empowering people for over 15 years and was motivated by God’s selflessness in sacrificing his only son to save mankind.
“We have built 77 houses for indigent persons, six churches to assist in propagating God’s word and a palace for the tradition ruler of the area.
“I have added another 23 houses to the 77 houses we built and they would soon be handed over to the beneficiaries.”
Dr Odii said he built the houses with the same quality he used in building his house in Lagos, saying this was to give the beneficiaries a sense of belonging.
“This is to make the children of the beneficiaries appreciate God’s kindness on them and make them offer nothing less when they want to assist others.
“Nigerians always offer leftovers to others, but at the Ebele and Anyi Chuks Foundation, we selflessly offer all we have with the fear of God.”
He noted that the foundation’s activities did not have political undertones as the United Nations had always identified with its ideals.
He added, “Everyone cannot be in the forefront of politics and there would be people who would operate at the home front to organise things.
“We pray for God’ continuous guidance and capacity to impact positively on the society and once such grace continues, our efforts would be relentless.”
Ebele and Anyi Chuks Foundation’s Coordinator in Ebonyi State, Mr Christian Onu, said that its staff were motivated by the zeal shown by the founder and his wife Ebele, to assist humanity.
“We are presently distributing over 15, 000 bags of rice, over 2000 bales of wrapper, cash running into millions of naira and also empowering youths to be self- dependent during this exercise,” Onu said.
Pix: Eonyi state governor, Dave Umahi