By Chioma Ndife
The importance of healthy living and human capacity building in curbing crime and other related tendencies have been emphasized by Senator I.G. Abana Foundation through the free medical and empowerment outreach it organized in Enugu-Ukwu Community, Njikoka LGA, Anambra State.
The event which was held at Uruekwo Primary School, Enugu-Ukwu, and organized by Senator I. G. Abana through his foundation, was held in a bid to empower the people and assist the sick. The foundation provided free medical care to 1,700 persons and optical services to 1,400 persons who were also given glasses.
The foundation's special health assistance scheme was given to 4 persons with terminal health conditions. The foundation's scholarship awards went to 24 university students undergoing their first degrees in different universities across the nation and 46 secondary school students. Foodstuffs were also provided to the poor.
Speaking on the rationale behind the programme, the benefactor, Sen. I.G. Abana, disclosed that the programme was not started for any political reason but was his agreement with God.
He expressed satisfaction that some who benefited from his free medical programmes and scholarship awards were testifying what God had used him to do in their lives, promising to sustain the programme.
He maintained that the foundation had no political undertone, saying that he was no longer a member of any political party.
He encouraged wealthy people to embark on such projects and narrated how the foundation was started 8 years ago with about N450, 000.
Addressing the gathering, the special guest and national women's leader, Chief Mrs. Josephine Anenih, created awareness on Alzheimer Dementia, a disease that affected the brain cells leading to defects in some human parts of the body that were controlled by the brain. She maintained that the disease lacked awareness as people who suffering from it were mostly kept behind closed doors. She maintained that effective understanding of the disease was required to assist people who were carriers to manage the situation better.
Speaking at the event, the traditional ruler of Enugu-Ukwu, Igwe Ralph Ekpeh, while thanking the benefactor, disclosed that over 50 persons who were trained in the university through the funds provided by Senator Abana were now professionals in their chosen professions.
He maintained that the programme which was formerly designed for only Enugu-Ukwu indigenes had benefited people from other communities.
For his part, the Prime Minister of the Community, Chief Dennis Aniekwu, revealed that Sen. Abana's Foundation and its yearly empowerment programme motivated him to set up a similar foundation in a bid to touch lives more positively, and called on people to follow the example of Abana.
Also speaking, the member representing Njikoka 1 State Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Ifedioramma, commended the philanthropic gesture of Sen. Abana, saying that his passion and commitment towards others had assisted some persons in achieving their educational needs.
He regretted that most people set up foundations for political motives, saying that people should learn from Abana whose foundation had no political undertone but solely for life transformation.
The PG of Enugu-Ukwu Community, Comdr. Bonny Ozonkwuaku described Sen. Abana as a great philanthropist in the community and advised those manning the foundation to adopt the selfless spirit of Sen. Abana as such would lead towards the actualization of the aspiration of the founder.
Some of the beneficiaries of the foundation, Paschal Amandianeze and Chioma Chukwuemeka, expressed happiness for what they described as the rare opportunity given to them, saying that Sen. Abana had provided a wonderful opportunity for those who could not afford university education.