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Obiano, Ozigbo preach love, sacrifice as Enugu philanthropist empowers residents at Christmas

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu) and Osiberoha Osibe (Awka)
28 December 2021   |   4:02 am
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has urged Christians to show love to their neighbours through selfless service and exchange of gifts in the Yuletide season.

Valentine Ozigbo

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has urged Christians to show love to their neighbours through selfless service and exchange of gifts in the Yuletide season.

Obiano, who gave the charge in his Christmas message to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, also described Christmas as a season to reflect on God’s greatest love to mankind.

“Christmas is the manifestation of God’s greatest love for mankind which he demonstrated by giving us his son, Jesus Christ. Christmas is characterised by giving. When we give, we touch somebody. We show love, we symbolise God’s unconditional love to us for giving us his only son, Jesus,” he said.

Also, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 2021 election, Valentine Ozigbo, has encouraged Nigerians and the people of Anambra State to show benevolence to the less privileged in society.

Ozigbo in his Christmas message in Amesi, Aguata Council of the state, pointed out that Christmas symbolised the selfless, unconditional, and eternal love of Jesus Christ, which he encouraged everyone to emulate.

“As we mark this year’s yuletide, let us spread love, glad tidings and happiness among one another. I also pray that this year’s celebration brings blessings, fulfilled dreams and unlimited joy to everyone,” he said.

Ozigbo further urged Nigerians to stay safe as they go about their Christmas celebrations, wishing them happy holidays and New Year in advance.

MEANWHILE, Managing Director of Second Coming Gas Plant, Dr. Basil Ogbuanu gave out 35,000 litres of cooking gas freely to some residents of Enugu State.

At each location of the company in Amaechi road, Abakpa Nike, Agbani town and Ahani-Achi in Oji River Council yesterday, 400 residents were given 12.5 kilograms of cooking gas, as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and to ameliorate their sufferings.

Media Consultant to the Company, Okenwa Aneke, told journalists that the free cooking gas was in appreciation of their patronage, stressing that it was also to reduce their suffering in the face of increasing price of gas.

He said the free cooking gas was also in support of the efforts of the state government in providing an atmosphere for businesses to thrive and good governance.

“Second Coming has a tradition of appreciating her customers. We call the plant, the people’s gas plant because of its relationship with the community that hosts it. This year, you know that the cost of cooking gas is very high in the market and most people can’t afford it any longer. So people are switching over to fire wood, but Ogbuanu said no, you have been with us through thick and thin and now we can show you love of giving back to society as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility. So Second coming is giving out 35,000 liters of cooking gas worth millions of naira to her customers in Enugu state.

Manager of the Amaechi branch of the company, Ogochukwu Ezeonyigbo, stated that customer satisfaction endeared the company to members of the public, stressing: “We don’t have stories of people complaining that they did not receive what they paid for.”

While thanking residents for their support and patronage over the years, she assured that the company would not relent in ensuring that they were given back from time to time, while some of the beneficiaries appreciated the company for the gesture.