ASCOF chairman, Hon Anayo Okpaleke, 1st left, presenting an award to Chief John Ndu, 1st right, for his humanitarian services, as another ASCOF exco, Hon Prince Agbasiere, middle, watches.
A stakeholder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief John Ikechukwu Ndu, A.K.A. Otabili Chain, has vowed to do all within his means to ensure that Gov Willie Obiano is re-elected, reports Jude Atupulazi.
Chief Ndu who made this pledge during his formal joining of APGA in Awkuzu, March 26, has also finalised plans to employ about 500 people in his various businesses across the state.
Speaking to Fides later after being conferred with an award of excellence by the Anambra State Councillors' Forum, ASCOF, a body of immediate past councillors in Anambra State, Chief Ndu said Governor Obiano's provision of security had attracted investors like himself to the state to contribute their own quota to the state's development.
To this end, Ndu revealed, he would soon employ over 500 youths to work in his various establishments, even as he disclosed that he was into livestock, cash crops, hotel and housing businesses, among others, which would take the 500 people.
He said because of the strides of the governor in security and investment drive, he would go the extra mile to ensure that Obiano returned to serve out his second term.
The international business mogul also expressed appreciation to ASCOF for their award which he described as the best he had received.
He noted that it was not how much money one had that mattered, but how well such money was utilized, even as he described hard work and industry as keys to expelling poverty.
Noting that the award would spur him to greater service to humanity, he urged Anambrarians to invest in order to secure their future.
Earlier while presenting the award, the chairman of ASCOF, Hon Anayo Okpaleke, noted that the choice of the awardee was borne out of his contributions to humanity and succour to the unemployed through poverty alleviation schemes.
Okpaleke said it was not because of the awardee's money that they recognized him but because of the many testimonies trailing his philanthropic activities.
He said that if people like Chief Ndu existed in all the twenty-one local governments, the state would be better.
For his part, a member of ASCOF executive, Prince Agbasiere, echoed Okpaleke's assertions, noting that Chief Ndu's philanthropic disposition was the major influence for the award.