Former Anambra state commissioner of special duties, Sir Chris Atuegwu has fete over one thousand people in commemoration of his birthday.
The beneficiaries who were from different communities in Anambra state were given bags of rice, noodles and five thousand Naira.
Security operatives had it tough controlling the mammoth crowd who thronged into the Otolo-Nnewi premises of the former commissioner.
The gesture was equally extended to clergies from different denominations who were given bags of rice and some cash to go with it.
Sir Atuegwu while speaking with journalists said he has been doing the empowerment program for the past ten years in appreciation of God’s mercies in his life.
He said it is interesting that people have become used to getting the little token from him every year as everyone one that makes it to his compound every 24th December outside the one thousand people would not go home empty handed.
He said the package is specially targeted at the downtrodden who can not afford to buy rice and little things during festive period.
The president of BINA Foundation said the gift is meant to give the poor a sense of belonging noting that his greatest happiness is derived from seeing other people, particularly the poor happy.
“Just look at the happiness they radiate the moment they get their package, it makes me happy that some people are happy because of this little intervention, it is a pact I have with God and I will continue doing it by His grace.
“I just came back from oversees few days ago but while I was out there, I was thinking of this program for the needy and I actually arranged these things while I was abroad because I cannot just tell these people who are used to this initiative to go home just like that. They must come here once they get to known that I am in town.” He said
Sir Atuegwu urged other affluent individuals to learn to give to the needy as every wealth originates from God.
Photo: Sir Atuegwu and Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu with Igwe Nnewi Dr KON Orizu 111 at the occasion