ECUDOMEF, PROFOUND Collaborate to Boost Education, Health, Housing in Rural Nigerian Communities

Imo State, Nigeria Dec 31, 2014 :  The Eze Cletus and Ugoeze Dorothy Oparaoji Memorial Educational Foundation (ECUDOMEF) and the Professor Celestine Onwuliri Foundation (PROFOUND) jointly organized an elaborate all day outreach program that included award of scholarships to six deserving students, free health fair for over 1000 patients which was partly sponsored by Americares Foundation, presentation of various housing projects and the distribution of treated mosquito nets, to name a few.

Patients being attended to at the free Health Fair

The day started with  mass at the St Jude’s Catholic Church Amuzi, Ahiazu, Imo State, Nigeria, in remembrance of Their Royal Highnesses, Eze Cletus and Ugoeze Dorothy Oparaoji, the Late parents of Professor Edward Oparaoji, the founder of ECUDOMEF (in honor of his late parents), and Professor (Mrs.) Viola Onwuliri, Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of State for Education-the Founder of PROFOUND (in honor of her late husband, Professor C.O.E. Onwuliri). The church service was also in memory of Professor Celestine O.E. Onwuliri, the late husband of the Honorable Minister, for whom PROFOUND was established. The service concluded immediately after the ECUDOMEF scholarship winners for 2014 were unveiled. The visibly elated winners were John Onyekwella, Anaejionu Tina Mary Ada, Obasi Emmanuel, Ago Mayriam, Opara Chidalu and Amadi Cynthia. Five of the six Scholarship Award recipients

Five of the six scholarship winners pose for photograph.

Following this was the “Food for the Needy” segment of the program which served nutritious hot meal to over 500 needy elderly, children and widows. 

Felix Chukwu, Chairman Federal Road Safety Commission (left) and Her Excellency, Professor (Mrs) Viola Onwuliri, Minister of State for Education (middle) at the ‘Food for the Needy’ section.

While this was still going on, a select team of ECUDOMEF and PROFOUND staff, joined by some dignitaries including the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Rev. Ifeanyi Nwoye, the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, MacJohn Nwabiala, Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe Univrrsity, Awka, Prof. Joseph O. Ahaneku, a former military administrator, Air Commodore Luke Ochulor (rtd), Chairman of Federal Road Safety Corps, Chief Felix Chukwu and others, proceeded to conduct inspection and commissioning of some projects executed by PROFOUND.  These included a three-bedroom bungalow for a widow, Mrs. Juliet Akanwa and a Community Town Hall for the Umu-Okoro village. Also in display were items(community-made snacks, detergents, cakes etc) produced by beneficiaries of PROFOUND Youth Empowerment and skills acquisition Projects.

Onwuliri Commisions PROFOUND projects flanked by Prof and Mrs. Joseph .O Ahaneku (Vice Chancellor  Nnamdi Azikiwe University).
The 2014 volunteer medical staff of more than 50 which comprised General Practitioners, Internists, pediatricians, pharmacists, ophthalmologists, gynecologists, optometrist,s nurses, Laboratory technicians etc. evaluated and treated patients for high blood pressure, diabetes, gastrointestinal ailments, joint pains, malaria, eye disorders and other illnesses..
In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Rev. Ifeanyi Nwoye commended ECUDOMEF and PROFOUND and their sponsors for their positive contributions to improving the quality of lives in rural communities in Nigeria. He said “This is a vivid proof that improving the lives of our people must not be dependent on government alone. Organizations like these and people of goodwill have a role.” The Hon. Minister Professor Viola Onwuliri who doubles as Board Chairman for ECUDOMEF and as founder of PROFOUND, said “we will give glory to God for the success of today’s program. While our organizations will continue to do our best to alleviate the hardship in rural communities like these, partnership with a caring government is vital. In this regard, I wish to commend President Goodluck Jonathan, whose transformation agenda continues to provide an enabling environment for donor or sponsor organizations to get involved. I urge you to support him and vote for him in the upcoming election.”

Also speaking on the occasion, elder brother of the minister, Prof. Eddy Oparaoji,  disclosed  that over 300 indigent school children have benefited from the ECUDOMEF scholarship scheme since inception 25 years ago. He disclosed that six new persons are benefiting from the 2014 scholarships and congratulated them on emerging successful in the screening exercise and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity.According to him, the beneficiaries will continue to have access to their organizations career and educational counseling resources for as long as they need them.ECUDOMEF Founder/CEO Prof Eddy Oparaoji Speaking at Event. (From left HMSE, Prof Mrs V.A Onwuliri, Deputy Gov Enugu State Rev Ifeanyi Nwoye, Dr. Mrs M. N. Oparaoji, and VC of NAU Prof J Ahaneku).
Encouraged by the concrete accomplishments of both foundations. Mr. Donatus Okwu of the Managed Health Care Services Ltd, Lagos, said his establishment, which commenced operation in 1997, would partner with them to execute the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). He then gave a N50,000 grant, enough to enroll 3 persons into the NHIS program for one year!
Other officiating board members of  ECUDOMEF team present were Dr (Mrs) Marcellina Oparaoji –co-founder, Mr. Ndubuisi Oparaoji, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Nwigwe, Mrs Nwamaka Oparaoji, Dr (Mrs) Ijeoma Dozie, Dr Chinemerem Onwuliri, Mr Emeka Oparaoji, Engr Ken Onwuliri, Engr. Tochukwu Onwuliri, Engr. George Nwigwe, Professor Ignatius Onyeocha and Dr (Chief/Mrs) Franka Onyeocha.

 

 

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