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CBN Staff Donates Food Stuff, Walking Aids to Special Homes in Port Harcourt, Empowers Abuloma Indigenes

-Precious Ahiakwo

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to the society, staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Port Harcourt branch has donated walking aids and food stuff to various special homes in Port Harcourt.

Seven Special grinding machines were also donated to indigenes of Abuloma Community market to boost their economy and develop their community.

Branch Controller of the CBN Port Harcourt, Kelechi Onuoha, flanked with other staff, while handing over the items to the beneficiaries said the gesture is an annual tradition of the staff  of CBN to always reach out to the less privileged in their host communities.

He said the project was made possible by voluntary donations from staff of the branch.

“we collectively tax ourselves and contribute and get these things. This is one of the places we are giving items to. We do this annually after putting together what we contribute over the year,” Onuoha said.

On his part, Chairman, Corporate, Social, Responsibility for this year, John Akin Sodipo said the intention of the project is to empower the immediate community and there’s no better time to do so than the Easter period.

“We are in a period when people need help and assistance to better their lives and businesses. We are giving wheel chairs to aid movement of those physically challenged, we gave out grinding machines to empower and help boost their businesses. We feel we should empower those that have the skills to use the machines”, John said.

On their part, the women leader of Abuloma Women Forum Erebi Paul-Aminadokiari expressed joy that the women beneficiaries will now be able to assist their husbands in the welfare of the home. She said the gifts to the women came right on time, she commended the staff of the CBN Port Harcourt for the benevolence of the community.

While the President and manager of the Port Harcourt Cheshire Home, Jeremiah Victor said members of the home are delighted to be remembered by the CBN staff especially at the Easter period. He said members of the home will continue to pray for the donors who have added more years to their lives by their kind donations.

Our correspondent reports that organizations that benefitted from the gesture include the Compassionate Home Nkpogu, Cheshire Home Borokiri, Children Homes and some less privileged in the host communities.

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