As way of giving back to the society and to ensure that the memories and legacy of a philanthropist late Dn. Engr. Justice Nnamdi Elliot Chuku lives on, his son, Chigozile Nnamdi Chuku has launched a foundation known as the Justice Nnamdi Elliot Chuku JNEC Health and Education Initiative.
This initiative was launched as part of activities at the funeral service of the Late Dn. Engr. Justice Nnamdi Elliot Chuku in his hometown, Rumuche in Emohua Local government area of Rivers State.
Chigozile Chuku said ‘’The JNEC Health and Education Initiative is aimed to proffer health solutions with focus on liver disease through research and sensitization, advocate and provide educational support for indigent children and youth as well as create a platform for harnessing and growing technical skills in urban and rural areas.
Chigozile Nnamdi Chuku, an economist and the first son of the late philanthropist said the initiative was inspired to keep alive the good works of his father who was a champion in taking people from zero to hero.
“My father’s life and dream was all about helping people. His focus, everything about him was how he can be of help to one child or the other. So at his demise, it occurred to me and it’s something we have talked about, to start an Initiative. First an education initiative but then the other one is the liver health awareness. We said health: we want to put in efforts so as to provide a bit of support and sensitization on liver health.”
Chigozile said The foundation is targeted towards first helping children who cannot fend for themselves and also revealed that his father was helped by his elder brother through school at the death of his father and so he decided to pay it forward and give back to society and help children. This he has done overtime and he shares in that dream.
“I have that same dream for this foundation to be able to give indigent children the zero to hero story, so people who never thought about having an education, having a life by God’s grace we can provide help to such children so they can amount to something in life.”
To set the ball rolling, on Children’s Day, May 27 they would embark on providing school supplies like school bags, shoes and stationery to selected public schools for about 1000 students to enable them go back to school.
On the liver health awareness, Chuku observed that very little is known about the Liver organ and so their plan to create massive sensitization in the workings of the liver from childhood to adulthood and support research on the liver.
The scope of the JNEC Health and Education Initiative is global, though with a small beginning. The hope is to go global with this foundation and to positively impact lives.
Born on 28th September, 1961, the late Dn. Engr Justice Nnamdi Elliot Chuku was a man of many parts. An astute administrator, a certified engineer, a great philanthropist, passionate evangelist and Christian as well as a great community mobilizer and grassroots politician.
Until his death on 14th March, 2019 he was the Director of Works at the Rivers State University.