During the Operation No Ten Toes Ceremony organised by Emeka Ikwuagu Foundation in conjunction with the Vicar Hope Foundation, A made in Aba Promotion Project 600 Cortina School Sandals Gifted to Indigent Pupils Across the 17 LGAs of Abia State sponsored by Ikwuagwu Emeka George held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia on Friday 15th June , 2017, the honourable member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, Hon. Uko Nkole among other notable Abians were awarded to commensurate their immense contributions to the development of Abia State.
Speaking during the occasion, the founder of the Foundation, Chief Emeka Ikwuagu said the Operation No Ten Toes is targeted directly to support the Governor’s intense campaign for our indigenous patronage and having been impressed with the activities of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu around the Made-In-Aba revolutionary campaign, he had no choice than to cue into his vision by deciding , with the support of his dear wife, to be a partaker in this wonderful idea.
Also speaking, Emeka Ikwuagu said he has just started by providing school sandals to 6000 pupils who go to school bare footed everyday and in addition to support the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu who is touching lives through her Vicar Hope Foundation.
Furthermore, he stated that it is also in support of Her Excellency’s interest in skill acquisition that his Foundation has selected 20 youths from the 17 LGAs of Abia State to be trained in shoe making skills.
And to the awardees, he said it is the only way of thanking them all for touching lives in their own ways over the years.
Highlights of the Occasion was the presentation of Awards to the following;
Hon. Uko Nkole- EIF Best Performing House of Representative Member, represented by Chief Don Emeka Emeri,
Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu- Humanitarian Award represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Lady Vivian Ude Oko Chukwu,
Hon. Chinedu Orji, Pillar of Empowerment,
Chief Ike Anyatonwu, EIF Champion of the Youths Award,
Chief John Okiyi Kalu, EIF Best Performing Commissioner,
Joy Eze Chikamnayo, EIF Youth Ambassador 2018 Award,
Lt. Gen. Ihejirika Azubuike Onyeabo, EIF Lifetime Achievement,
Hon. Ginger Onwusibe, EIF Best Youths Mobiliser,
Chief Dr. Gregory Ibe, EIF Pillar of Education,
Prince Chris Odinaka Igwe, EIF Community Impact among others
The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon Ude Oko Chukwu represented the Governor who was the Special Guest of Honour while Navy Capt. Chris Osondu chaired the occasion.