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Red carpet being rolled out in anticipation of Jonathan’s touch down

 

 

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Ugo Daniells

 

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Former Bayelsa Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

 

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Billionaire businessman Sir Emeka Offor exchanging pleasantries with Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

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Sir Emeka Offor and Tompolo, flanked by Dubem Obaze (former SSG Anambra) and Alamieyeseigha

 

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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State waving to the crowd

 

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The First Lady of Bayelsa State, Dr. Rachael Seriake Dickson

 

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Friends of Goodluck await the touch down of the presidential helicopter

 

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Kanayo Agbafe (in black), PA to Sir Emeka Offor..and friends

 

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Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko exchanging pleasantries with the Bayelsa first lady

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company was officially handed over to Interstate Electrics Limited, at an official ceremony in Enugu on the 1st of November, 2013. The Interstate Chairman Sir Emeka Offor, the MD/CEO, Robert Dickerman, representatives of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority(MEA) Thailand, the Interstate Board members were all present during the hand over ceremony . Some of the Board members include former Defence Minister Adetokunbo Kayode(SAN), Senator Ken Nnamani, Dr Steve Dike as well as Barrister Kester Enweronwu. The Vice President Arc Namadi Sambo was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum, Dr Danladi Kifasi.

 

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 Emeka Offor is a man who rarely talks; rather he prefers his philanthropy and hard work to speak for him.  This son of a Policeman who was born in Kafanchan braved the odds to become the successful businessman that he is today. He has dealt poverty a great blow and has tried his best to ensure that the pangs of poverty does not hinder the dream of the average Nigerian child today. Recently he gave a whooping 1 million dollars in addition to the initial 250 thousand dollars he donated to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus programme, for the eradication of polio in Nigeria. Unfortunately, Nigeria is the only country in Africa where the incidence of Polio is still being recorded. Would it not be good news for us as Nigerians if zero cases of Polio is recorded by the end of 2014 in Nigeria, as is being projected, courtesy of our own Sir Emeka Offor? Why would Bonny Okonkwo and a group of persons under the “Mbala Obodo” forum castigate and vilify him for this kind gesture to humanity? Wait a minute!, is it not Sir Emeka’s $1 million we are talking about here? Does he need to get approval  from “Mbala Obodo” on how to spend it? What have they as a group or as individuals contributed towards bettering the lives of Oraifite indigenes? Has anybody bothered to ask yet?
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The speakers in the acclaimed “Mbala Mbodo”  forum alleged that there is no clean drinking water, electricity, or hospitals in Oraifite, but I must say here that this  claim is totally fallacious. Sir Emeka Offor has a charitable foundation, The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF- http://www.sireofforfoundation.org) that has touched the lives of Oraifite indigenes and indeed the whole Nigeria at large.
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His numerous philanthropic  gestures have gone unnoticed because he is not a trumpeter. He signed a 7million-dollar contract with Books for Africa (BFA) for the delivery of 32, 40 ft HQ containers of primary, secondary and University texts from November 1 2011- November 1 2014. It is expected that 640,00 books , assorted computers and school supplies would be shipped under this agreement. Sir Emeka Offor has lived up to this promise as he ensures that these books are distributed annually to all these institutions of learning. I was present at last year’s book sharing exercise; it was possible for one to confuse the venue for a motor park as hundreds of buses from various institutions across the federation were parked waiting to receive their share of books. The high point of the occasion was the donation of a brand new 2012 Toyota Corolla car valued at 4.2 million naira and an automatic employment to Miss Ebere Anaegbuonu a beneficiary of his scholarship scheme, in fulfillment of the vow he made to provide a brand new car and automatic employment in his chain of companies to any beneficiary of his scholarship scheme who graduates with a first class from any discipline. Presently over 120 students are enjoying Sir Emeka Offor’s scholarship at various educational levels.
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 In December 2012, his foundation sponsored a delegation of  about 20 widows from Oraifite on a  three week study visit to the Talent Research Foundation in India. This group of women learnt a lot about practices and activities that enhanced the economic, social and political lives of the rural Indian populace. Areas of interest included skill acquisition centers, small holder farms, orphanages, rehabilitation centres and designated rural health centers. The SEOF Widows Cooperative which as of date caters for over 2000 widows doles out on a yearly basis, bags of rice and other food items to these women.
He also gave out 7 million naira through his charitable foundation to one Miss Stella Eze from Nsukka, Enugu State for her kidney transplant. She is presently in India for the surgery.
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It is on record that Sir Emeka Offor’s company, Kaztec Engineering Limited rescued  2 of the survivors of the Calabar boat mishap that happened earlier this year. He also took it upon himself to visit them at the Bakor Medical Centre, Calabar where they were hospitalized, with food items as well as cash donations. He even went as far as offering them employment.
Just a few months ago, Sir Emeka through his foundation donated $4,000 USD to save Baby Kehinde’s life. Kehinde Olaniyi was born two months ago in a very bad shape, with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) at the Garki General Hospital, as against his twin Taiye who is in perfect condition. Kehinde also suffers undescended testicles, inguinal and lumbar hernia, plus Scoliosis; a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. The donation was to assist in a corrective surgery abroad.
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The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in her efforts to help eradicate some ravaging diseases in Nigeria recently donated $250,000 to the Carter Center, in support of her River Blindness Control Programme in the South East states of Nigeria. It will also be recalled that the SEOF has donated so far the sum of €250,000 to endow a professorship of glaucoma in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Mainz, Germany. This is to assist research on the early detection and treatment of glaucoma.
In all fairness, how does these charitable gestures culminate in terrorizing the people of Oraifite?
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Sir Emeka Offor understands that Charity begins at home, so when he decided to build a radio station in Nigeria, he did not consider Abuja or Lagos or Port-Harcourt, he decided to bring it back home to provide entertainment, information and above all employment to his dear people of Oraifite. Blaze 91.5FM organizes and hosts the Blaze Blast Concert on the 30th and 31st December of every year, a platform which brings together youths from the south-east and affords them the privilege of celebrating  Xmas with the best of the best in the Nigeria Entertainment Industry. And guess what..IT IS FREE! For example, 2face Idibia, Psquare, Ill Bliss, Phyno, Basketmouth, Gbenga Adeyinka, Wande Coal, Flavour, Chidinma, Bracket and over 30 other artistes all graced last year’s Blaze Blast Concert. This year’s concert promises to be even better than the last as  Kcee of the Limpopo fame, Lynxx, Olamide, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Akpororo, Okey Bakassi are some of the names that are being  lined up for the concert. Where else in Nigeria will you get to watch an assemblage of artistes of this magnitude for free?  You may consider spending Xmas this  season in Oraifite to have a feel of what i am talking about.
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Many do not know this, but Sir Emeka does not joke with his relationship with God, little wonder he was instrumental to the erection of the All Saints Anglican Church, Oraifte; a magnificent edifice to behold!
Emeka Offor has brought a lot of development to the Oraifite community so much that once you mention you are from Oraifite the next question you are being asked is “Are you related to Emeka Offor?”. “Sir E” as he is fondly called was instrumental to the construction of the the first access road from Oraifite to Nnewi- the now “Emeka Offor road”. Besides being the brain behind the constant power supply and the eradication of kidnapping in Oraifite, he also plays a substantial role in the sponsorship of the New yam festivities “Afiolu” in Oraifite which has become very popular over the years beyond the shores of Anambra State.
 Sir Emeka Offor has done a lot in the development and transformation of his beloved hometown Oraifite and should not be paid back with defamatory comments.
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 For all those who have nothing to offer to Oraifite and instead of supporting those who are, have resorted to peddling negative stories about “Sir E” in order to deter him from his charitable works, PLEASE STOP! The least you can do is to encourage him to do more.
But be that as it may, the decision by some group of people to take out their time to disparage the character of this God sent man cannot be condoned, for as the saying goes… “It is within the rights of every man, wealthy or not, to protect and preserve his reputation. This is because a man is no better than his name, perception being cognitive reality. To this end and in the protection of every man’s interest in his good reputation, the human society developed the law of defamation of character.”

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Sir Emeka Offor, Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist donated $1million to PolioPlus, for Polio eradication in Nigeria and in Africa during the Rotary convention which took place in Lisbon between 22nd-26th June, 2013.

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14-year old Hafsat from Benin Republic and 27-year old Togolese Sani Kieve, are 2 of the survivors who were rescued by Kaztec Engineering staff offshore, after a boat carrying an estimated 128 people capsized off Nigerian coast of Calabar last week.
The boat set off on Friday from neighboring country Benin, overloaded with passengers who had hoped to find work in Gabon, said the head of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Vincent Aquah, citing survivor accounts.

The vessel had stopped at the Nigerian port of Oron to collect more passengers, but two hours after returning to sea the engine began taking on water.

The captain told passengers to pray, telling them “we are in serious trouble”, according to Aquah.

As the boat began to sink, passengers jumped into the water, with the captain and three others grabbing hold of the floating cylinder.

Only two of the four survived, including Kieve Sani and Hafsat who are both being treated at the Bakor Medical Centre Calabar, Cross River State.

At the hospital, Sani who is a commercial motorcyclist, confirmed to Oversabi Republic that the captain “and another lady held onto the cylinder with us, but as time went by (the captain) could not continue and told us he was going.” Later the woman also let go and slid beneath the surface.

As Sani and the teenage girl drifted together while clutching the cylinder, they saw a flame coming from an offshore oil field operated by Kaztec Engineering Limited, contrary to reports that the oil field was from Addax. The Kaztec Kaztec Logostaff who were on that vessel quickly dispatched another vessel to rescue Hafsat and Sani.

According to Sani, who had stayed in Oron for a few weeks from where the boat stopped to pick him, “It was just a miracle how we survived. We were so lucky that in that three days we clung to the gas cylinder, no fish came to swallow us. From nowhere i saw a can of coke and an energy drink afloat in the water and i quickly grabbed it while still holding on to the cylinder and Hafsat. We clung to the gas cylinder for three days before the Kaztec people came to our rescue”. Sani went further to tell Oversabi Republic that someone had promised to give him a job in Gabon if he could save up to 5, 500 Cepha that would take him from Oron to Gabon.

Although the wreckage of the ship is yet to be located, 27 other people have been rescued in Oron, Akwaibom State from the rescue operations which started on Sunday, bringing the total number to 29. 9 bodies have been recovered so far out of the estimated 128 people on board the capsized boat.

In a related development, founder of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (a philanthropic and charitable organisation), Sir Emeka Offor, whose Company Kaztec Engineering Limited rescued Hafsat and Sani, visited Bakor Medical Centre on Thursday, to know how they are fairing, made some cash donation as well as food items. While donating the food items on behalf of the SEO foundation, Sir Offor thanked the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Ebaye for taking care of them so far while appreciating the miraculous way God used his company Kaztec to rescue them. He offered to employ the two of them (Sani and Hafsat) in his company as soon they are discharged.
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Sir Emeka Offor (AKS member) and Felix Obadan (Governor-District 9125)

Sir Emeka Offor (AKS member) and Felix Obadan (Governor-District 9125)


Philanthropist and Vice-Chairman of Chrome Group, Sir Emeka Offor, has assumed the status of Africa’s single largest donor to the Rotary International with an endowment of $1.31 million into four different causes of the charity organisation.

The endowment, which has also elevated Offor into the prestigious status of the Arch C. Klumph Society (AKS) reserved for highest donors to the Rotary cause, will be invested in further pursuit of global peace at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, eradication of polio and guinea worm across the globe and Nigeria in particular, maternal and child mortality rate as well as women empowerment programmes.

Offor, who was honoured at a ceremony during the weekend in Sheraton Hotels Abuja by Rotary International District 9125, Nigeria, became the fourth Nigerian to be inducted into Rotary’s AKS, other Nigerians are former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Mike Omotosho and Kenneth Gbagi; they have variously and singly contributed more than $250,000 to the Rotary cause.

Governor of District 9125, Felix Obadan, in his remarks explained that Offor’s contribution to Rotary International has come as the biggest from an African so far, adding that Rotary will in October further honour him with the first ever Nigerian Day at its Evanston Illinois headquarters in the United States.

Obadan noted that Offor had consistently identified with humanitarian causes, adding that Rotary International was pleased to have him within its midst.

“Working on the principle that the very poor and needy can become active and productive members of the society if properly equipped, Mr. Emeka Offor had established a charitable foundation-The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) two years ago and is committed to human and material capacity development, skill acquisition and transfer at the grassroots level leading to the establishment of small and medium enterprises and cooperative societies for the less privileged.

His contribution will afford scholars at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok to continue to learn issues on peace and conflict resolution, it will afford the organisation the opportunity to play its part in the eradication of polio and guinea worm as well as infant and maternal mortality; his name will be in the annals of history as one of those that eradicated these menaces,” Obadan said in his citation of Offor.

Also in his commendation letter to Offor as read by past Rotary International President, Jon Majiyagbe, the Chairman of Rotary International Foundation, Wilfrid Wilkinson said: “Your exceedingly generous gifts will help to bring about peace throughout the world, will provide opportunities for children to be educated and will help bring about healthier mothers and children.

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Sir Emeka Offor exchanging pleasantries with past rotary int’l president Jon Majiyagbe and wife


When Nigeria is removed from the list of polio endemic countries, you will have the joy of knowing that you assisted in attaining that special milestone. Thank you for all your gifts.”
Offor in his acceptance remarks stated that he will continue on the path of humanitarian gesture, adding that he had followed the activities of Rotary International with keen interest; he equally donated about N93 million to District 9125 with contributions from his associates.

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Billionaire businessman and Chairman of Chrome Group- a multi-billion dollar oil and gas conglomerate based in Abuja, Sir Emeka Offor on Tuesday donated the sum of $500, 000 USD to the victorious Super Eagles who just came back from South Africa after winning the nations most coveted football trophy. President Jonathan while welcoming the team to a grand reception in Abuja on Tuesday announced the donation. In addition to that, all the players, courtsey of the federal government were given the sum of N5 million each,a plot of land in Abuja each and a national honour of Member of Niger (MON).Joseph Yobo was given Order of Niger (OON). Keshi was given N10 million and a national honor Commander of the order of Niger (CON) and a plot of land in Abuja.

The Blaze Blast concert took place on the 31st of December 2012, at the Blaze 91.5 FM premises at Oraifite, Anambra State. The yearly concert, organized by Blaze FM, the number 1 radio station in the Eastern part of the country, owned by business mogul and philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor, paraded the best of Nigerian acts such as 2face Idibia, Psquare, Timaya, Wande Coal and Flavour. Others included Chidinma, Wizboy, Bracket, Duncan Mighty, Dj Jimmy Jatt, as well as comedians-Basket Mouth, Gbenga Adeyinka, Ceaser, MC Lord El and over 50 upcoming artistes.

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Inter State Electrics Limited, a subsidiary of Chrome Group, an Abuja-based business conglomerate owned by Sir Emeka Offor on Tuesday 16th October 2012 won 2 out of the 10 distribution companies (discos) that  was bidded for this morning under the privatization programe organised by the National Council on Privatisation (NCP). The exercise which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja amidst 20 participating companies saw Inter State Electrics Limited winning bids for Abuja and Enugu discos respectively. The NCP which is headed by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, had approved the eligibility of the firms for the exercise which was initially billed for October 10but later postponed till today.

 

Sir Emeka Offor’s US$250,000 gift funds fellowships to Rotary’s international network of Peace Centers EVANSTON, Ill., USA (Oct. 1, 2012)

Sir Emeka Offor, a prominent Nigerian business leader and philanthropist, has contributed US$250,000 to Rotary International in support of the humanitarian group’s global program in peace studies and conflict resolution. The gift will endow fellowships to the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
The program each year offers a three-month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies to up to 50 mid-level professionals from related fields, such as public health, education, international law, economic development, journalism, and social justice. Preference will be given to qualified applicants from Nigeria and other African countries.
The other five Rotary Centers for International Studies offer one-to-two year graduate level programs on the campuses of leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, and the United States.
“My hope is that the fellows who benefit from this gift will not only use it to sharpen and enhance their academic and professional skills in peace studies, but also use what they learn and internalize to become practitioners – drum majors – for peace, reconciliation, and development,” said Offor, who is Executive Vice Chairman of the Chrome Group, an Abuja-based oil and gas service conglomerate. He also heads the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, which focuses on poverty alleviation through literacy and education programs in West Africa’s poorest communities. “In West Africa we have witnessed the destructive, heart-wrenching, and deadly affects that communal, sectarian, and political conflict and violence have on innocent people,” added Offor, a member of the Rotary Club of Awka G.R. A. “We should never give in to the notion that world peace is unattainable.” Said Rotary Foundation Chair Wilfrid Wilkinson: “We are extremely grateful for Sir Emeka Offor’s generous gift recognizing our commitment to equip a network of world leaders with the skills to resolve and prevent conflict and bring about sustainable peace. Thanks to such strong support, nearly 700 Peace Center alumni are currently applying lessons learned and best practices in key decision-making positions across the globe.” Rotary clubs have long embraced the call for peace at the grassroots level by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and violence, such as hunger, poverty, disease, and illiteracy.
Ten years ago, the international humanitarian organization of service clubs decided to take a direct approach to world understanding by providing future leaders with the tools they need to “wage peace” on the global stage. In addition to the certificate program in Thailand, Rotary clubs each year sponsor up to 60 scholars for one to two years of study to earn master’s-level degrees at the Rotary Centers for International Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Bradford, England; University of Queensland, Australia; International Christian University, Japan; and Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA Offor also supports Rotary’s effort to eradicate the crippling disease polio, the organization’s top priority as a spearheading member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Nigeria is one of only three countries where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped. The other polio endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. When the initiative began, polio infected about 350,000 children a year, compared with fewer than 700 for all of 2011, a case reduction of more than 99 percent.
Source: Rotary International USA