June 25, 2024

Sunny Aguebor Empowers Edo Women With Monetary Gift

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…Marks 61 Birthday In Grand Style

By Simeon OSAJIE

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As part of the activities lined up to mark his 61st birthday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bibi Hotels, Benin City, Edo State and former House of Representatives Aspirant under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oredo Federal Constituency, Mr. Sunny Aguebor,  has supported some Edo women with monetary gift to boost their businesses.

The event which took place at the Event Hall of Bibi Hotel on Boundary Road, Benin City, Edo State,

In his welcome address, the celebrant, Mr. Sunny Aguebor said he decided to embark on the philanthropist gesture based on what he experienced recently while driving through Ekiosa Market in Benin City

According to him, “Just about three weeks ago, as I was driving along Ekiosa Market, I saw a woman picking tomatoes on the floor. I don’t know what transpired, but she was picking the tomatoes on the ground.  Something struck  my mind and told  my driver to stop. I called her and asked why she was crying. She said, I borrowed money to purchase the tomatoes that  fell on the ground. I am the bread winner of the family and my husband is not doing so well,  the selling of tomatoes is what she and her husband relied upon to take care of their children.

“I was touched, and I asked her how much she gets  from the tomatoes. She said, everything she spent is N15,000. (So, because of N15,000 you are crying like this? I asked). I said to her, don’t pack the tomatoes. I then called a POS operator close by because I was not with cash, I withdrew the N15,000 and gave it to her. I advised her to be careful next time. Go get another tomatoes with the N15,000, I advised her. She was very happy and in that happiness she started crying. She wanted to know me and l said it is not necessary, then l left.

“When l got home I said to myself, this year of my birthday, what l will do is to identify with those categories of women who are not stable; they are just managing – l want to help them with cash to support their business.”

Going further Aguebor said,  he decided to engage his good friend and close associate – a human right activist, Roy Oribhabor to help identify women in that category in Edo State so that l can render little assistance to support whatever they are doing to earn a living, whether tomatoes, corn seller, fish seller, etc.

“I want to encourage you to use whatever will be given to you today judiciously, if God willing, l would monitor you, next year, whatever we are given to you will be double my birthday next year.

“You should go back and work very hard. You know the situation in the country – Nigeria has derailed completely. This is not Nigeria of our dream, everything has gone bad, and nothing seems to be working.

“So, this is the time where we need patriot, this time is not for politics, this is the time for patriot; the lover of this country should come together, salvage the country from complete  collapse.

“So, let us be courage and be hopeful because the God that sent us to this world will give us the courage and energy to continue to move on and move on well,” he added.

In his remark, Prince Emma Ehiabhi, a friend of the celebrant of more than 30 years said wealth is into different categories; there are those who are wealthy and they don’t touch life, but they just front it in other to intimate the poor, and there are those who have, they use it to identify with the poor. As far as l am concerned, those who use their wealth to identify with the progress of the poor are actually the rich people.

“We have been close for more than 30 years, he has remain foresight and look at his heart, he has a heart of gold, he hates injustice, and he doesn’t like to see people suffer. And when l carry out my investigation, l discovered that he is a replica of his late father.

“I pray to God Almighty to continue to bless and prosper him. It is person that have money that would give out. I also pray that God continue to guide him so that he will not deviate from this kind gesture,” he said.

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