By: Ngozi Aghabie
Sir Clement Chuku Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation with head quarters in Mbaise, says it has sponsored the registration of 100 students for the year 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
The founder, Bar. Ekeleoma Chuku, made this disclosure to journalists in her hometown of Onicha, in Ezinihitte Mbaise Council Area of the state on Thursday.
Ekeleoma, a US-based lawyer, who was represented by the foundation’s Director of Protocol and Logistics, Mr. Dennis Osum said that the beneficiary students were drawn from Umuevu, Umuaghara and Umuvu villages, in Onicha Nwankwo Community as well as from Obokwu Obizi village.
She also informed that the beneficiaries had enjoyed free preparatory classes since January 2023, adding that the Foundation did the same for 30 students in 2022, who performed excellently in the WASSC examinations.
According to her, the gesture was borne out of a desire to preserve the legacies of her late father, who had a strong passion for education but unfortunately lost the battle to prostate cancer.
“Our Foundation offers free WASSCE registration and free test and treatment for prostate cancer patients in memory of the late Sir Clement Chuku who died of complications from prostate cancer,’’ he said.
“We are well-established in the United States and we have concluded arrangements to kick off operations in Malawi just like we have here in Nigeria,” she said.
Speaking also, the Coordinator of the preparatory lesson centre, Mr. Ugochukwu Echehie, explained that the centre employed the services of teachers who specialise in teaching the humanities, sciences and business management areas to accommodate students’ areas of concentration.
One of the beneficiaries, Alphonsus Okoro, a student of Onicha Secondary School, Ezinihitte Mbaise, said he would pay back the foundation by working hard and excelling in the examinations.
Another beneficiary, Miracle Ofoma of Mbaise Girls’ High School, Onicha, thanked the group for the “great opportunity” and prayed to God to reward the founder.
Similarly, the foundation’s Director of Human Resources, Mr. Chinonye Ezurike, revealed that the NGO provided cash for 40 women of Onicha town during the period of a cash crunch brought about by the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
She expressed confidence that the government would partner with the foundation in the near future to consolidate its successes.
Chief Barr. Ekeleoma Nwakaego Chuku is passionate about the vulnerable in our Society especially the old people and in education.
According to her, she said the government did not factor the care of the elderly in their development plan as many of our elderly die early due to lack of adequate care in their activities of daily living.
The Founder, ‘Sir Clement Chuku Foundation’ aims at creating awareness of prostate cancer disease and educational empowerment
Annually, through the foundation, Barr. Ekeleoma encourages school children in her community and State by registering the students for the yearly West African Examination (WAEC), in a bit to meet up with her robust plans towards the care of the elderly and education too.
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