A member of the Federal House of Representatives, Chief Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo, representing Njikoka/Anaocha/Dunukofia Federal Constituency has been honoured by the Nteje community for his mass empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes in Anambra state.
Nwankwo who was honoured with the chieftaincy title of “Akalaka” of Nteje-Aborgu by the traditional ruler of the community, HRH Igwe Rowland Odegbo during the 2018 Ofala festival.
He was honoured alongside six other distinguished Nigerians from various places and walks of life.
They included Very Rev Prof Johnbosco Akam, the founder of Tansian University, Umunya; a well lettered, and widely travelled distinguished scholar.
He also founded amongst other institutions Konigin Des Friedens Group of Colleges in parts of the country, Peter Hermon Foundation, Voice of the Poor Foundation and a radio station, and others.
Nwankwo, according to Odegbo was honoured for his sustained and widely acknowledged philanthropic works that immensely benefitted the less privileged in the state and beyond.
In an interview with journalists yesterday the traditional ruler described Dozie Nwankwo as a special leadership material who has strong governorship instincts already gradually evolving in him.
That it was reason he was persuaded to go to the National Assembly by the constituents to represent them because they have seen the seed of goodness and works in him.
Nwankwo had through his Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo Foundation, which was premised on touching lives and giving back to the society been reaching out to the less privileged for nearly two decades through annual free medical mission, skill acquisition, scholarship, micro credit, Keke, motor cycles, cars, buses, sewing machines, fringing machines and hairdressing/barbing salon equipments.
Igwe Odegbo also used the occasion of the Ofala to announce his own youth empowerment programme and the enforcement of inheritance of family estates by the women/girl-child in the community.
He described as unfair and abnormal for female members of any family to be disinherited of the family property even when such was copiously outlined by the deceased in his/her Will, simply because she was born a female.
Nwankwo in his comments thanked the monarch and the people of Nteje for the honour done them, promising to strive to do more for the society.
From Chuks Collins, Awka