A businessman and philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor, has through his foundation, Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, donated books and educational materials worth about $2 million to the Imo State Government to encourage it in its free education programme.
Receiving samples of the books and other educational materials at the Government House Owerri on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, told the donor, “Imo State is known for education and the only industry in the state is education.
“So whatever contribution anybody makes to the educational development of the state is music to our ears. Emeka, you have come to the right place. We appreciate this partnership and we hope it will advance the educational interest of the state and beyond”.
Okorocha further stated: “I have known Sir Emeka Offor for many years. I often say that the name Emeka Offor is synonymous with giving and philanthropy. This, he has continued to demonstrate by encouraging reading and driving away illiteracy in our society.
“This is something worthy of commendation. Thus, the Imo government commends you for a job well done”.
The Imo State government also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with “Sir Emeka Offor Foundation” for partnership, with Governor Okorocha, adding that Imo State has many schools and with the school enrolment rising to more than 800,000, courtesy of the free education programme.
He added, “Reading is not only for students or small children, as whenever you stop reading, you start dying. Reading is inevitable. We must introduce the reading culture in our society if we must have a prosperous society. Imo government will fulfill its own side of the MoU as the state has a lot to benefit based on the multitude of schools in the state”.
Offor had thanked the governor, and said he came specifically to donate books and other educational materials to Imo State Government and for his Foundation to sign MoU with the government for partnership because, according to him, they needed to encourage Imo students and bring back the reading culture to Imo people and equally ensure that no Imo child will be seen on the street hawking”.
Offor promised to honour the MoU.
According to him, the monetary value of the first sets of book and other educational materials brought into Imo State which is about ten to forty feet containers is about $2m.