Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has described wealth as useless if it is not used to touch lives and effect positive changes in the society.
Basking in eulogies poured on him by beneficiaries of his Foundation at the celebration of his 52nd birthday in Owerri, recently Governor Okorocha noted that a wealthy man is that who has touched the lives of others.
He said that 75 percent of his wealth goes to charity, adding that he was in politics to have a wider forum to touch more lives.
According to him, Rochas Foundation is an initiative to give hope to the hopeless and less privileged in the society.
He said that Rochas Foundation Schools have graduated about 12,000 students and that there is no local government in Nigeria he has not touched lives.
Why he survived plane and auto crashes, he said, was that he had a special bond with children.
Down memory lane, the governor recalled his poor beginning and expressed joy and thanksgiving to God who has blessed him to bless others.
He stated that he was celebrating the victory of light over darkness, as well as victory over ignorance and urged the students to give back to the society.
“I urge you, my children, to dare to reach out, give hope to the hopeless, care and concern to the needy. Move forward and look for the poor people and care for them. That is the only way you can pay me back,” he said.
He thanked God also that no death had been recorded among the students.
The governor’s wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, described her husband as one who thinks less of himself but concentrates on giving succour to the poor.
She thanked God that she was a partner in the success story, recalling that the school came into Owerri 14 years ago.
The old students identified three key issues to be tackled in Nigeria, namely poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, and added that education was the solution to them all.
They thanked the governor for changing lives and promised not to let them down.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere and other notable figures were at the colourful ceremony.