At least 3,000 persons in Obeledu community in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State are to benefit from a three-day medical outreach by the Okwuanyionu Foundation Centre.
The people of the community will also benefit from scholarships and skills acquisition programmes, including computer training, under the foundation championed by an octogenarian, Dr Josephat Okoye.
Chief Okoye said the gesture was in appreciation of God’s benevolence upon his life and expression of gratitude to the community for the rare chieftaincy title bestowed on him.
He said, “The president general of my town had informed me of the community’s plans to bestow on me the highest title: “Akaoma jide aku”, no other person had and will ever be given.
“As I thought of what to do to my community in appreciation for such an honour, I remembered the needy and downtrodden and decided to set up a foundation for medicare, scholarship and skills acquisition for them.”
The Chairman of the Planning Committee of the medicare programme, Chief Emeka Obegelu, said the locals, including the elders, youths and children, were being attended to by a team of medical experts led by Dr John Obegolu from San Francisco, California, USA.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Chijioke Oragwam, appreciated the benefactor for the gesture and prayed for long life and sound health.