In an effort to promote reading culture among students in Ogoniland, the Chicago Chapter of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni Peoples in the United States of America (MOSOP-USA) has donated 2000 book to the Rivers State Library, Bori in Khana local government area of Rivers State.
This is as the organization said it is working with the Council of Ogoni Professionals in the United States of America (COP-USA) and the Rivers State Library Board towards making the Bori Library well suited for study, research, referencing and general readership.
The group, in a statement signed by its Chapter President and Secretary, Elder Ambrose John and Dr. Evelyn Senewo, respectively and made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend in Port Harcourt, said 500 of the books donated were for university students, 500 for primary schools, 500 for secondary school readership, while another 500 is for general readership and research.
The statement reads in part: “It is worth noting that MOSOP-USA Chicago, is an affiliate of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, USA. It is a non-governmental, apolitical, developmental, cultural and environmental organization of the Ogoni people resident within and outside the Chicago area of Illinois and committed to the furtherance of the Ogoni non-violent Struggle for survival and development of Ogoniland and people.
“The the Chapter is in partnership with the Rivers State Library Board, Bori in one of its many community engagement initiatives. among the 2000 books donated by MOSOP-USA Chicago Chapter and COP-USA, 500 of the books are meant for university students, 500 for primary schools, 500 for secondary school readership, and 500 others general readership and research.
“Recalled that in 2016 and 2017 respectively, MOSOP-USA, Chicago embarked on educational programme tagged “No Child left Behind” and career enhancement/ empowerment programme by giving educational scholarships and skills acquisition funding across all Ogoni local government areas in Ogoni to the tune of N1.42 million.
“In 2010 and 2014, the Organization, following its healthcare campaigns in Ogoniland, had also donated healthcare equipment to all the functional health centres in the five local government areas in Ogoniland.
“During the periods, MOSOP-USA Chicago Chapter equally donated the healthcare equipment to Pope John Paul II Clinic at Eeken and Daughters of Charity, St. Louise Provincial House, Nchia, Eleme, respectively.
“As part of its plans for 2019, that MOSOP-USA Chicago Chapter will partner with FOWA-USA, St Louis in the Ken Saro-Wiwa burial site transformation project, collaborate with all Ogoni local government areas’ leadership in developmental initiatives, campaign against violence, and for peace in Ogoniland.”
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