By Jude Atupulazi
Date was Sunday November 11 and the venue was St Mary's Catholic Church, Ifitedunu, Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State. It was the day one of the parishioners, Prof Peter Uwadiegwu Achukwu, decided to give back to his immediate society what he had gained from God. That gift was the attainment of the biggest feather on his academic cap which was becoming a professor.
A lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Prof said that having observed the condition of his people in the face of the country's harsh economic climate, he felt that rather than keep offering them money, it was best to empower them to make that money, which, at the same time, translated to giving back to his society, starting from his home parish.
The items he donated included two vulcanizing machines; five hair driers; five sewing machines, cosmetic and scarf making kits, among others.
Achukwu who is in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, harped on the need for people to appreciate God when blessed.
In his response, the parish vicar, Rev Fr Charles Ezeugwa, thanked the donor on behalf of the parish and described the gesture as a demonstration of Achukwu's faith and urged others of like mind to emulate the gesture. He noted that if more people were to do that, things would be made easier for all.
The priest, whose sermon centred on appreciating God for His blessings through unconditional giving in faith and through acts of charity, announced that the items donated by Prof Achukwu would be part of the vocational institute to be set up by the parish, even as he noted that it had opened employment opportunities for the parishioners.