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Emeka Offor donates books to Nigerian, other African varsities

Oct 11, 2018
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By Soni Daniel, Abuja

Oil and gas magnate  and philanthropist, Sir Emeka  Offor, has donated  books  and supplies worth  N 9 billion to selected   tertiary institutions across Nigeria and some African countries.The education materials  which were presented to 40 benefitting institutions at a colourful ceremony at the head office of  Emeka Offor Foundation in Oraifite, Anambra State, was done in collaboration with Books For Africa and cover many areas of learning . Apart from books , the benefitting schools  went away with computers and accessories to assist them in automating their libraries and making reading materials readily available to researchers in their institutions.


According to a statement released to Vanguard in Abuja on Tuesday by the Foundation’s  Spokesperson ,Alex Aghome, Sir Emeka Offor  aims  to inculcate better reading culture in schools, provide better research materials for students and reduce the financial burden on parents.Speaking at the ceremony,  Sir Offor, who was represented by Dr. Steve Dike, said  he was worried by the declining academic standard in the country arising from inadequate research and reading materials for students and  that he decided to take a bold step to address the inadequacy by making the books available to  schools.

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From left:   Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, the Vice-chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University  and Steve Dike representing the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation during the 5th donation of books, computers and other education materials to tertiary institutions at the foundation  headquarters in Oraifite, Anambra State.  PHOTO BY ALEX AGHOMI
From left:   Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, the Vice-chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University  and Steve Dike representing the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation during the 5th donation of books, computers and other education materials to tertiary institutions at the foundation  headquarters in Oraifite, Anambra State.  PHOTO BY ALEX AGHOMI

Offor said it was embarrassing  for Nigeria to rely on foreign nations for its manpower needs, pointing out that the economic development of a country can best be sustained when there  is solid human capital to support it. “It is in a bid to earnestly develop the human capital of Nigeria that I and my foundation have come out today to make these very essential books and other vital resource materials available to the schools,” Offor explained.The Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, said there was need for students to pay more attention to reading not just to pass examinations but also to acquire requisite knowledge to help in developing the country.Ahaneku said that the books distributed by the foundation would be useful to those who are development-oriented and facilitate the accreditation of  courses in the benefitting institutions. Among the beneficiaries are Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu, Ebonyi State; University of Ibadan;University of Abuja; Federal University, Lokoja and its Taraba counterpart. Recall that Sir Emeka Offor, in collaboration with Books for Africa, in 2013, started the project with a view to giving Africans an academic advantage.

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