Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
Over 319 educational institutions and seven libraries across the country have benefitted from the Emeka Offor Foundation’s National Books Distribution Programme.
The institutions, comprising 80 universities, 22 polytechnics, 37 colleges of education, seven public libraries and 180 primary and secondary schools were presented with over 1,460,000 volumes of books.
Speaking during the presentation at Orifite, Anambra State, founder of the foundation Dr. Emeka Offor said the gesture was aimed at eradicating illiteracy and improving the reading culture of the people.
He added that the foundation intended to provide a knowledge warehouse for children and to support government at all levels in improving educational infrastructure for effective teaching and learning.
According to him, the foundation had distributed educational materials worth over $30 million in Nigeria and 18 other African countries.
He said the foundation had plans to introduce medical equipment and supplies as well as import over 100 ft container of medical equipment and supplies for distribution to designated hospitals and health institutions before the end of the year.
Former Senate President Ken Nnamani praised Offor for his immense contributions to the educational and health sectors, calling for support from the Federal Government to ensure the exercise was sustained.