The Eze Mitchell Egbukole Foundation at the weekend doled out N5.9million to eight youths of the Egbu Community in Owerri North LGA of Imo State. The foundation gave out the cheques to beneficiaries at the country home of the late monarch who on 20 years ago.
HRH, Eze Mitchell Egbukole was a top civil servant that rose to the rank of Director. Small scale industries in Imo State before ascending to the stool of his forefathers. The Foundation Board of Trustees comprises Prince Uchenna Egbukole, Barr (Mrs.) Uzoaku Ike, Mr. Lawrence Nze and Princess Jennifer Egbukole.
One of its mission is to adopt the practice of empowerment to assist curb the challenge of poverty and unemployment experienced not just I the Nigerian society but Africa at large. This maiden edition of the empowerment program kick-started by focusing on the youth of Egbu accommodating one member each, from the five villages that make up the community.
Each of the five beneficiaries went home with the sum of N1m. they are God’s light Chidiebere Obiyo, Anuforo Onyekachi Helen, Victor Oguguo and Dozie Osuji Ezinne. Three beneficiaries namely Ajoku Ugochukwu Promise, Chile Chinedu, Ijeoma Stephanie were also given an additional sum of N300, 000 each.
To qualify for the empowerment they passed through two levels of screening conducted by Egbu Town General Assembly and an international group that screened qualified their business plans. They have earlier received training on how to draw up a business plan as well as run a business organization.
According to one of the trustees and the first child of the late monarch, Prince Uche Egbukole, the beneficiaries were drawn from those born within the year 1985-1999. He said; “he reigned from 1985-1999 and so all the children born between periods should qualify for selection because we felt they all should have graduated from school, so we decided to encourage them”.
Another trustee member, Jennifer Egbukole said that the next edition of the program will move to capture Owerri North LGA, later the state, Nigeria, and Africa. The President General of Egbu Town General Assembly, Sydney Onyeagu thanked the organizers remarking that this is the first of its kind in Egbu.
He expressed delight that it is happening during his tenure as the leader of the community.
Onyeagu observed that one million nairas are good enough to generate itself within one year if properly utilized. He advises beneficiaries to be prudent and urged the foundation to monitor the utilization.
One of the beneficiaries, Oleru Theophilus, said the empowerment is a blessing to them, stating that he has since longed for the support that never come. He promised that by next time around they would be contributing to the foundation in appreciation.