By Uzo Ugwunze, Ojoto
Prestigious social club, People’s Club of Nigeria International (PCNI), Onitsha Branch has called on the Igbo all over the world to remain indivisible by loving themselves despite socio- economic challenges.
The club also sympathized with the Ocahanja market traders who suffered fuel tanker inferno recently, saying that they had plans to raise special fund to assist them.
The club stated this during the 17th induction of new members cum fund raising of 12 million naira for the purchase of the club AC-Coaster Bus at PCNI house Limca Road.
In his remark, the PCNI 2nd National Vice President, Chief Charles Udeh admonished Ndigbo both at home and in Diaspora to remain united and love one another anywhere they found themselves.
“We help the masses in PCNI. There is lack of love among Ndigbo. If the Igbo embrace love, everything will be okay with time. When there is love, you can help your brother in need. Together we progress,” said Udeh.
Delivering his speech, PCNI Onitsha Branch Chairman, Chief John Onwuazor commiserated with the victims of Ochanja market Onitsha inferno, advising them to be courageous, and that the club would assist them.
“I encourage the fire victims to be courageous. PCNI helps people; we just visited some orphanages including the home of the disabled in Ozubulu. We intend to raise fund to support the fire victims.
“We are using this induction to put at rest the leadership issues at the national level. PCNI has enjoyed phenomenal growth. We can boast of 26 branches overseas and 22 branches in Nigeria.
“After a rigorous interview we are here today to induct 18 members out of about 30 persons that applied. We enjoin the inductees to mingle and serve humanity,” ,said Onwuazor.
One of the patrons, Chief Nwagbo Maduekwe popularly called Odu Of Oba advised the new members to emulate the good virtues of the older members because PCNI has a prestige to maintain.
An inductee, Chief Chris Nwakobi said he was elated to become a member of PCNI, explaining that it was dream come true to join the big wigs of the society.
According to Engr. Augustine Chukelu :“ I am very happy today. I used to hear of PCNI, I never knew I would be able to become a member of one of this most prestigious clubs in Nigeria.”
Also, Chief John Okeakpu, another new member, said that for joining PCNI he believed he had crossed the line of poverty, adding that he worked assiduously from childhood to achieve success and attain membership of the club.
Other inductees were: Sir Edmund Ugwunze, Chief Ikwuka Okoye, Igwe C. N. Okpala, Chief Amobi Kenneth, Sir. Walter Aniefuna, Dr. Stanislaus Igbokwe, Engr. Hillary Eze, Engr. Odinaka Amobi, Mr. Alfred Nwosu, Engr. Henry Belonwu, Dr. IkemOmaliko, Chief Timothy Mgbemena, Hon. Uche Udoma, Chief John Muoghalu, Prof. Chinedu Agbodike.
Highlights of the induction included fund raising, presentation of PCNI membership certificates by Chief Udeh who represented PCNI National President, Chief Joseph Ilonze.