Appolus Chu Foundation was inaugurated recently to reposition the less privileged of the society to become self-reliant, writes Mary Ekah
For Egbere Emere Okori Eleme, Chief Appolus Chu, every successful person has a painful story to tell and every painful story has a lesson. He said this to the beneficiaries of his newly inaugurated charity organisation, HRH Appolus Chu Foundation, which held recently in Okori Town Square, Eleme, Rivers State.
The occasion was special in various ways, one of which was that it was the first registered foundation to be inaugurated with a track record of achievements having impacted on the lives of the community in the past years. The occasion also witnessed the donation and presentation of various items to individuals and groups in the community. This included the presentation of brand new Patrol Vehicle and a Mobile Cell Van to the Nigeria Police, Eleme Divisional Headquarters and award of scholarships to nine Eleme undergraduates in specialised areas of studies for each session while each student went away with N800, 000.
That was not just all; the event also witnessed the empowerment of 50 petty-traders, which cut across both indigenes and non-indigenes at Akpa-oeh market, Ogale as well as the issuance of 100 brand new laptops to 100 graduates of the Foundation’s free computer literacy programme.
A landed property with total area of 1,453.88 square metres worth N22.5 million was presented to the community to use as the Okori Town Square.
The formal inauguration of the HRH Appolus Chu Foundation, with a public lecture that addressed sensitive societal issues, also featured the presentation of a Mobile Clinic/Health Delivery Van to assist some patients that require immediate attention within Eleme land.
The van, the Foundation Coordinator, Mr. Ngbala Okpabi said, would be managed by the Foundation in collaboration with Rivers State Hospital Management Board. The event was conceived by members of the Okori community and the entire Eleme, as ideal and most desirable as it was aimed at alleviating the plight of the less privileged of the society.
The thought of floating a foundation was conceived by the Egbere Emere Okori 1 and President/Founder, Chief Appolus Chu, in August 2011 and like any other project, the thought went through the process of maturation and having fully developed, it was thereby inaugurated on April 27, 2013.
The desire to establish a foundation, Chu said, was necessitated by the pains the less privileged of the society go through on a daily basis without any glimpse of hope forth coming. Informed by this ugly situation, Chu thought of floating a foundation through which he could assist them find succour and relief so that they can live meaningful and happy lives.
The foundation is a non-governmental organisation that is poised to reposition the less privileged of the society to function at full capacity and also to contribute meaningfully to the development of the society.
The foundation since its inception has impacted positively on lives though not in an organized manner as it was being done on the day of its inauguration. Through the foundation, its founder, Chu has demonstrated that the true test of knowledge is not in words but in action by spending his fortune to improve the lives of the less privileged and those in critical condition. Chu’s magnanimity cuts across various spheres of life – religious, socio-economic, education and so on. The kind gestures knew no bounds as both indigenes and non-indigenes were given an opportunity to develop.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, Chu’s advice was that since they have been given a net to fish, they should all put their nets to fish and never keep their fortune to depend on others, adding, “My candid advice to everyone is to be self-reliant, which is the best way to grow in life.
“You all have been given a net to fish, note that not all achievements in life needs a sacrifice. I, therefore, encourage you all to put your nets of today to fish and never keep your fortune to depend on others”, said Chu who added that the opportunity given to them would give birth to bigger ones if managed properly.
Recalling what informed his decision to establish a foundation, he said, “ When I considered how nine communities that constitute Okori community come every year to appreciate and celebrate me as their paramount ruler during the festival time and my birthdays, I realised that my people are actually taking cognizance of my support and the developments I have brought into the community. Then the thought to formalise this foundation came to my mind.”
Before the foundation came to this stage, Chu said he has trained over 25 people some of whom have graduated while others are still in school and having gone through these philanthropic records, he decided to formalise the foundation. Apart from his support for individuals and the community, the government has likewise felt his generosity.
Chu’s vision, he said, is to train 1,000 people to qualify in different fields between now and 30 years to come when he will celebrate his golden jubilee. And also, to “train 2,000 people who I can call my children that would be positioned to absorb opportunities whenever they come in order not to set our community backward.”