By Achiri Igiri-west
Widows in Igede land that benefited from recent empowerment programme organised by Alochu Foundation have prayed that the fortunes of the founder, Chief Frank Alochu will never go down.
The women spoke at the venue of the programme which held last Saturday at the Multipurpose Hall of the state College of Education, Oju.
Alochu Foundation, a brain child of a philanthropist and community leader, Chief Alochu, the Odochu 1 of Ukpa clan in Igede, doled out N25,000 to 66 widows drown from 23 council wards in both Oju and Obi LGA of Benue state.
Prior to giving out these huge sums of money to the widows, the foundation provided customized T-shirts for all the beneficiaries who were equally treated to sumptuous refreshment.
Speaking on this kind gesture extended to the windows, Mrs. Hannah Idoko from Obarike Ito said: “If is true that God hears prayers of widows, I pray that Chief Frank Alochu will never lack in his life, doors for more blessings shall be opened to him.
“If he knocks, several doors of unusual favour shall be opened to him, blessings from the North, South, East, and West shall locate him.
“Any evil finger raised against him shall wither and any evil thought against him shall be the lot of those having them.”
Also speaking, Mrs Stella Inusa prayed God “to raise men and woman to speak for the founder in places where he is not and be legs for him where he could not go”.”
Earlier, philanthropist and founder of the foundation, Chief Alochu said he was only giving back to society which he said gave him life and support to actualise his dreams.
He enjoyed the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money.
Also speaking at the occasion, Rt. Hon. Nick Eworo, Deputy Majority leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Obi state constituency, described Alochu as one that always has the good of all at heart.
Rt. Hon. Egbiri Idaah, former House of Assembly member and one-time commissioner for youth and sports described Chief Alochu as the T.Y. Danjuma and Bill Gate of Igede land whom he said had contributed greatly to the development of Igede community through his “numerous philanthropic works.”
It should be recalled that Chief Alochu through his foundation had earlier provided bore-holes, electricity, scholarship, and payment of school fees as well as provided musical instruments to various communities and Churches across Igedeland.