Over 5,000 students of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike and Abia State University Campus Umuahia, among other tertiary institutions in the state, were elated owing to the fact that a charitable organisation known as Uche Ogah Charity Apostolate, distributed free lunch to various institutions in the state as part of its philanthropic humanity.
Our correspondent learnt that a truck loaded with free foods arrived the vicinity of the campus with assorted food and drinks, that were distributed instantly under the watch and admiration of both academic and non-academic staff of the institutions.
To many, it was just like a dream because tertiary institutions in the history of the state have never recorded such gesture either by government or individual/group.
Speaking with journalists on the history making event, the coordinator Chief Ezenwa Onwukwe, said the visit was for the first phase of the programme, pointing out that the second and final round would cover other higher institutions in Abia and Okigwe respectively.
According to Chief Onwukwe, the gesture is part of the programme design by the initiator of the Apostolate, Dr. Uche Ogah, to demonstrate his love and encouragement to students at that level, noting that the programme had been on in the state even before Dr. Ogah’s gubernatorial ambition came to limelight, he said.
The coordinator stressed the programme has no political undertone, but personal desire of the initiator to extend his goodwill to the students whom he considers as future leaders.
Some of the students who could not hide their feelings, especially Charity Amakiri, a 300-Level student of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, told Campusbeats that for the free lunch provided them this critical time, students from the state will work hard to ensure success of Dr. Uche Ogah come 2015 general election.
Another student, Joseph Obot, a 400-Level student from Abia State University, described the gesture as God-sent, coming at a time when they hardly afford three square meals daily, and prayed God to reward him in multiple folds.
Meanwhile other students who spoke with schoolwatch.com.ng and pleaded not to be named, expressed their delight, said they are happy with Dr. Ogah’s gesture.
They thanked the philanthropist for his love for Abia students, assuring him that bonevance will not go unrewarded as they’re ever ready to work for his transformation dream of making Abia students to compete favorably among their contemplaries. They urged others to emulate the footprint of Dr. Uche Ogah’s Charity Apostolate foundation in the state.
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