The article, "Emeka Offor boosts reading culture...Distributes books to 200 schools, libraries," in the Daily Sun, reporting on the good works of the Emeka Offor Foundation.
The story describes the distribution of more than one million volumes of books to various universities, polytechnics, secondary schools, primary schools and states as well as community libraries in the country.
On the whole, 30 universities, 80 secondary schools, 80 primary schools and 15 libraries in the country benefited in the first phase of the books distribution which took place at Oraifite Civic Centre, Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Chairman of the event was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim. Among the dignitaries were the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof Boniface Egboka and Rector of Federal Polytechnic Oko as well as several other important personalities.
Chief Emeka Offor has a reputation for philanthropic activities. Saturday, June 26, this year will stand out as a day to be remembered not only by Oraifite people, but by everyone at the event. Indeed, Chief Emeka Offor has, through his foundation, assisted many governments in providing reading materials for students over the years.Many of the guests could not hide their admiration for the foundation, noting that the books distributed were not just multiples of few volumes, but in multiples of more than one million volumes worth over one billion naira. At the event, Chief Emeka Offor said more books and computer equipment will arrive in the country in the next few months.
It was great to read with the Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, whose state and private schools were some of the beneficiaries of the book distribution, had to say. He called on others to follow Sir Emeka's lead and assist others who are less privileged.
“Life is meaningless if it cannot impact positively on other people,” the governor said. “Anyone who is wealthy but cannot help others with his wealth is poor.”
The youths, he noted, were no longer reading books because there were no books to read. He asserted that everyone had been challenged with the supply of books by Chief Emeka Offor and his foundation, backed up by Book for Africa, USA.