By Soni Daniel, Abuja
Oil and gas magnate and philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor, has donated books and supplies worth N 9 billion to selected tertiary institutions across Nigeria and some African countries.The education materials which were presented to 40 benefitting institutions at a colourful ceremony at the head office of Emeka Offor Foundation in Oraifite, Anambra State, was done in collaboration with Books For Africa and cover many areas of learning . Apart from books , the benefitting schools went away with computers and accessories to assist them in automating their libraries and making reading materials readily available to researchers in their institutions.
According to a statement released to Vanguard in Abuja on Tuesday by the Foundation’s Spokesperson ,Alex Aghome, Sir Emeka Offor aims to inculcate better reading culture in schools, provide better research materials for students and reduce the financial burden on parents.Speaking at the ceremony, Sir Offor, who was represented by Dr. Steve Dike, said he was worried by the declining academic standard in the country arising from inadequate research and reading materials for students and that he decided to take a bold step to address the inadequacy by making the books available to schools.
From left: Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, the Vice-chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Steve Dike representing the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation during the 5th donation of books, computers and other education materials to tertiary institutions at the foundation headquarters in Oraifite, Anambra State. PHOTO BY ALEX AGHOMI