By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
ACTIVITIES for the 2019 Anioma Youth Network for Development AYND ‘back to school’ program have reached fever height crescendo with indigenes especially, the less privileged persons and orphans in Onicha-Ugbo, a sleepy community in Delta State and the adjoining communities in the state in high spirits looking forward to the day. Prominent sons and daughters of Anioma in Delta North; including Prince (Hon.) Ned Munir Nwoko, Hon. Joan Amaechi, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command CP Adeyinka Adeleke, the head of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team IGP IRT, Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP Abba Kyari and several other highly placed indigenes across all walks of life are expected to grace this year’s occasion; the third on the series, that has been slated for Saturday August 31, 2019 at the prestigious Ahmed Hotels and Suites, Onicha-Ugbo. The AYND is the sole brainchild of Mr. Odita Sunday Udemagwuna, a prominent son of Onicha-Ugbo, an up and coming philanthropist, a senior Journalist with The Guardian newspapers and the national President of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria CRAN; an umbrella body of all journalists covering crime and security beat in Nigeria.
*Pix shows former PPRO Delta state command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka presenting a beneficiary with one of the gift items during 2018 edition…
A statement by AYND national publicity secretary Mr. Frank Oshanugor and made available to CrimeWorld indicates that the 2019 edition of the project would be an improvement on the previous ones adding that more people who have seen the intrinsic essence of the ‘back to school’ project of AYND have keyed into the agenda. According to the veteran journalist, “This year’s edition would be an improvement on the past editions as more people have keyed into the project as a result of the awareness and good will the project has created within and outside Delta North, the home of Anioma people. Enough provisions have been made to ensure that children whose names were received from various communities in the area would be taken care of, at the event as books, school bags and other items are already in place courtesy of the Founder/National Coordinator of AYND, Mr. Odita Sunday- Udemagwuna. This year’s event would also feature quiz competition among senior secondary school students and prizes have been packaged for winners.”
Continuing, Oshanugor said, “It is a way of encouraging hard work among the students particularly, now that many youths are on the fast lane seeking quick wealth. Recall that no fewer than 300 less privileged primary and secondary school children majority of whom are orphans, benefitted in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the programme. The Annual Back to School project is an idea initiated by Odita Sunday-Udemagwuna is the centre-piece of AYND. He strongly believes that a life of charity is the best anybody can offer in a society where a larger number of people live in poverty. The Anioma Youth Network for Development is a non-governmental organization founded in 2016.
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