Tell us about yourself
My name is MR CHU, LALE-CHU. A native of Eteo in Eleme LGA of Rivers State, Nigeria. I am married with a wife and four (4) kids (3 boys & 1 girl). I am a B.Sc Accountancy Holder and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM). I am also a Music Director in the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. I joined Sahara on the 16th July 2007 as an Admin Officer. I am currently the Admin & Procurement Supervisor for Asharami Synergy PLC, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
What’s your motivation for volunteering?
I always feel satisfied when rendering a helping hand to any project, vision, or anything that brings growth and development in the organization or environment where I find myself, regardless of the cross-functional nature. Sahara Foundation is a part of the central body where Asharami Synergy Plc also belongs, therefore, it is also a priority that Sahara Foundation succeeds in my jurisdiction just like every other subsidiary company.
Describe your volunteering experience in May with visits made to the police stations and the engagements
It is my pleasure to continue to volunteer, as it also enhances popularity among personnel I come across. My encounter with the FOT Police DPO gave me another opportunity of meeting with higher ranking men of the Nigerian Police Force. The process of choosing the actual project to be carried out (which was initially difficult) was quite engaging and gave me an ideal framework/approach to decision making in a public sector system.
What contribution or achievement are you most proud?
Being part of the team who successfully coordinated the Sahara Free Eye Test/Surgery carried out by Sahara Foundation in Onne & Ogu/gbolo communities of Rivers State some years ago. I was so happy and proud to see beneficiaries gaining their sights through the programme.
What other organizations or causes do you support or volunteer for?
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rivers State Branch. I carry out Youth Enlightenment on Career Development, Etiquette/Morality and Music Training.
Do you know about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If yes, what do you think of them?
Yes. It is necessary as a multinational organization to give back to the society where we operate. This can be done by partnering with well-meaning organisations, country & continents to address the issues as found under the sustainable development goals, such as SDGs 4 – Quality Education, SDGs 5 – Gender Equality & SDGs 10-Reduced Inequalities, etc. This should be encouraged as much as possible.
What message would you like to share with others about volunteering?
It pays to be a volunteer because:
- it keeps you relevant in the society.
- It is necessary and advisable to give back to the society or organisation where you belong.
- It improves one’s knowledge and makes you versatile.
- You will be satisfied with your volunteer history especially at one’s self-actualisation level.
- Volunteering sometimes attracts rewards.