A renowned philanthropist, Dr Emeka Offor has received praises from President Bola Tinubu, Anambra state Governor, Dr Chukwuma Soludo and others for splashing over N5 billion on charity.
The philanthropist had at the weekend distributed 40, 000 bags of rice and other items to the less privileged in the society as part of activities to mark his 65th birthday.
The entrepreneur who recognised the needs of the people in the rural areas, distributed the food items at his hometown in Oraifite, Anambra State. About 179 communities benefited from the gesture.
The programme organised by the Emeka Offor’s Foundation, also distributed books to over 200 tertiary, secondary, and primary schools across communities and states in the country.
Commending the philanthropist, President Bola Tinubu, said the event was remarkable humanitarian interventions and tireless dedication to important causes.
The President who spoke through his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, described Offor’s instrumental role in eradicating polio in Nigeria through his foundation.
Tinubu expressed gratitude for Offor’s outstanding contributions to society and wished him many more years of joy and fulfillment.
In his speech at the event, Anambra State governor, Soludo commended Offor for his commitment to uplifting lives.
“It’s not how long you live but how well. Emeka Offor has demonstrated this essence of life,” he stated.
He expressed that Offor’s choice to celebrate in Anambra is a testament to the state’s progress and his dedication to supporting students, the widows and the vulnerable.
Soludo acknowledged the current food inflation challenges and praised Offor’s contribution of 40,000 bags of rice to widows as an unprecedented display of public-private partnership.
He also commended Offor’s donation of educational materials to schools, emphasising the importance of inclusive development.
The governor urged other wealthy individuals to emulate Offor’s generosity and contribute to the state’s development, just as he declared him a prime example of the “Anambra spirit” of philanthropy and community service.
In his remarks, Offor thanked everyone for traveling from Anambra and other parts of the state to honour him on his 65th birthday.
Offor thanked Soludo for his developmental strides in the state and also advocated for PPCP (Public-Private Community Partnership).
He explained that the vision of his foundation was to reduce poverty, create life-improving economic opportunities, deliver healthcare services, implement youth empowerment programs, and contribute to infrastructural development.