We Must Empower Our People-Adingwupu
The idea behind FELD Foundation came up about a year ago when we thought of the prevailing conditions in our villages in Aniocha South, Delta and Nigeria in general. We also watch what is going on outside the country and we see that g o v e r n m e n t ca n n o t d o e v e r y t h i n g . Government must be supported to reach out to the people,based on that; we felt that we s h o u l d e m u l a t e w h a t i s h a p p e n i n g internationally. The only thing we thought we could do is to have a kind of foundation that can execute such programmes. That is how FELD Foundation came into existence. Then we registered the foundation and decided to pursue this particular programme.
What does it hope to achieve?
From my first explanation you can see that FELD foundation is just a non-governmental organisation that aims to empower our people, to alleviate poverty in the society and to help children return to school. We don’t want anybody to be left out. Not many people can have money to go back to school and so FELD foundation is taking it as a responsibility to make sure people go back to school.
We also decided to localise some of our objectives by bringing it down to Delta State and even locating our place which is Aniocha South Local Government. It is a medium to empower our people; the market women, farmers, the youth and even the young ladies that want to go back to school. That was why we instituted scholarship for some of our people. We also instituted the corporative society for the farmers and the market women so they can get help by receiving a token to help support their businesses. This is the local aspect of it. We also have a quiz programme that is running and it started about seven months ago. The programme is tagged ‘My Education Quiz Play’ you must have been watching it on some TV stations.
So far, we have been able to empower many children in universities and secondary schools in Nigeria irrespective of the state one comes from. Once you come and play in the quiz you could win up to 2.5 million naira
if you are studying medicine and 2million if you are studying other courses in the higher school and you can as well get up to one million if you are in SS 3 or about to write your WAEC. So it is just basically to alleviate poverty and send people back to school.
You just said it is a non-governmental organisation….
But there are impressions that the foundation is a facade for a political ambition… (Laughs) you see in everything you do, people will give a different interpretation to it. Those who know me know that I don’t need to set up a foundation in order to get political power because I already have political power. I am giving back to our people and that is what I am doing. So those that are saying it, are those who do not want to give back, they are what I would call selfish people. Look at it this way; am I going to contest for presidency in 2015? What about those that are winning millions and going back to school from Plateau State, Edo, Kogi, Kano and all over? Or is it because of
the localised one, it is not true.
There is no political undertone to it; it is an NGO and so shall it be. It has remained that and has gone far before bringing it to the people. We cannot allow our people to remain under perpetual poverty; that it just the purpose of
localising it. It will be unfair that they are hearing that people are winning money and we are not
impacting directly on them, then what are we doing?
We want a situation where violence and other poverty associated vices, like kidnapping and stealing will reduce in the society that is why we brought the programme back homeSo Why Aniocha South First? (Smiles) Oh well, if you are a dancer and you want to try out new steps and you have a band, after practising you will show your people and they will be the first to critic you by either clapping for you and telling you if you have done well or by saying that you.
“We want a situation where violence and other poverty associated vices, like kidnapping and stealing will reduce in the society that is why we brought the programme back home”.