- Category: News and Events
- Published on 27 April 2016
ABUJA, NIGERIA, April 26, 2016— Sir Emeka Offor, an Abuja-based businessman and Philanthropist and His Excellency, Aminu Bello Masari, the Executive Governor of Katsina State have on this day, the 26th day of April 2016, signed into effect a Memorandum of Understanding between The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) and the Katsina State Government where the Foundation has committed to providing books and computers to higher institutions in the state.
The initiative is part of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation’s continuing effort to promote literacy in the country and the continent of Africa. The Foundation’s active partnership with an Atlanta based non-governmental organization, “Books For Africa”, have successfully facilitated the supply of books, reading materials and computers worth more than $22 million to schools in over 18 countries in the continent including Nigeria since its inception.
“Today marks a beginning of the good things that will happen between the foundation and the Katsina State government. We've come to support the government, having seen the good works, and having evaluated the quality of the person of the governor of Katsina State, the way the affairs of the state is being run, said Sir Emeka.
“ We are going to support him in a lot of areas, starting with educational institutions, from secondary to tertiary institutions. We are going to be flooding this state with a large consignment of books; that will start coming within the next fortnight, and that will be followed by desktops and laptops. I`m happy that the Chief of Staff and other members of your team were in our headquarters in Anambra State yesterday, to see for themselves, and I think they were very happy with what they saw on the ground. And that's why we want to support the Katsina State government to see that it is done, he further stated.
In his remarks at the signing ceremony, His Excellency, Governor Masari said, “Today, we mark the beginning of a very fruitful journey for Katsina and Sir Emeka Offor Foundation. You know, in Katsina we believe the issue of education is our number one priority, so what Sir Emeka has done, or is doing to Katsina in the area as towards our educational status is more than words can express. ... is what you can call an endless journey because it is knowledge that will be acquired and passed through generations.”
The Governor acknowledged that such philanthropy would assist in human capacity development in the state and that by “developing individuals, institutions naturally will be developed”. He commended Sir Emeka for his care towards humanity saying that this act shows that Sir Emeka has “a social conscience.”
Stating the government commitment to abide by the tenets of the MOU in ensuring that books reach the end users as quickly as delivered, Governor Masari assured Sir Emeka that “Katsina will not fail you, will not disappoint you.”
“And so accept on behalf of the people of Katsina State our sincere thanks and appreciations, and also in the name of humanity, for what you are doing, you are doing it (for) humanity.
SEOF plans to commence delivery of books to Katsina State within two weeks from the date of signing the MOU.
About the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Oraifite, Anambra State, Nigeria. The Foundation seeks to alleviate the sufferings of the less privileged through philanthropy, and focuses primarily on giving support and hope to those in need irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and nation. The Foundation has affected the lives of many Nigerians through its domestic programs and projects, which include youth empowerment, Widows Cooperative, education, and health services and infrastructural development. For more information, visit http://sireofforfoundation.org or like us at https://www.facebook.com/siremekaofforfoundation.