FELD Empowers 23,000 Entrepreneurs, Students, Others In Three Years
By Andrew Ikehi
A non-governmental organization, Foundation for Effective Leadership and Development (FELD) has empowered over 23,000 Nigerians, particularly Deltans since inception, three years ago.
The Executive Chairman of the organization, Hon. Paul Adingupu who disclosed this while feting with thousands of the beneficiaries and members of the foundation in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government area of Delta State, said over N500 Million has so far been committed into the programme.
Adingupu during the programme marking the organisation’s 3rd anniversary said that the foundation which he described as a response to divine mandate and assignment from God has no political undertone as misconstrued in some quarters.
The beneficiaries who included students, peasant farmers, Micro and Small Entrepreneurs, as well as agribusiness men/women, according to Hon. Adingupu, cut across different states in the country.
“let me use this opportunity to correct this misconception from some quarters; I have been hearing some people say that I am doing all these because I have some political ambition. This is not true as this programme does not have any political undertone
“So far, since inception of this programme in 2011, I have spent over N500Million empowering over 23,000 Nigerians across different states of the Federation. This empowerment programme is not restricted to Delta State alone, but to indigent Nigerians across the various states.
“If this programme has any form of political undertone as envisaged in some quarters, am I going to contest for Presidency that I am spending this huge sum as well as spreading the tentacles to other states?
“Honestly, I do not like this politics of a thing, but, if you hear me make move for any political position in 2015, do know that it is pressure from my people and I may succumb to such pressure because of the dire need to continue to emancipate my people from bondage” Adingupu explained.
Meantime, our correspondent reports that during the programme held at the Onihe Primary School compound, Ogwashi-Uku, which was also attended by a cream of traditional rulers in the area, 18 indigent Students from the community got scholarship from the foundation to study up to tertiary levels.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with our reporter at the event showered encomiums on the benefactor just as they prayed for the sustainability of the foundation which according to them has been putting smiles on the faces of the less economically privileged individuals in the society.
They called on other well meaning Nigerians to take a cue from him Hon Adingupu in combating the scourge of unemployment and poverty in the country.