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The traditional ruler of Nteje-Aborgu community in Anambra State, Igwe Rowland Odegbo, has conferred the chieftaincy title of Akalaka of Nteje-Aborgu on the member representing Njikoka/Anaocha/Dunukofia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo, for his empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes in Anambra State.

He was honoured alongside six other distinguished Nigerians from various places and walks of life, including Prof Johnbosco Akam, Founder of Tansian University, Umunya, during the monarch’s Ofala festival.

Nwankwo, according to Igwe Odegbo, was recognised for his sustained and acknowledged philanthropic efforts that have immensely benefitted the less privileged in the state and beyond.

In an interview with journalists yesterday at Nteje, the monarch described Nwankwo as a special leadership material; hence he was persuaded to go to the National Assembly by his constituents to represent them, “because they have seen the seed of goodness and humanitarian works in him.”

Nwankwo had, through his Ferdinand Dozie Nwankwo Foundation, aimed at touching lives and giving back to society, been reaching out to the less privileged for nearly two decades through annual free medical mission, skill acquisition, scholarship, micro-credit, Keke, motorcycles, cars, buses, sewing machines, fringing machines and hairdressing/barbing salon equipment.

Igwe Odegbo also used the occasion of the Ofala to announce his own youth empowerment programme and enforcement of inheritance of family estates by the women/girl-child in the community.

He said it was 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.


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