History of AIDU
AIDU came to being in 1991 following the historic convening of all Amiri sons and daughters resident in the United States of America in Maryland on July 4, 1991. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and incorporated as a Not-for-Profit organization under the laws of the Internal Revenue Service of the United States, AIDU, unlike most other Nigerian community organizations, is development project oriented. Thus its motto “To Make Amiri A Livable Place”.Since its inception, we have raised and spent several thousands of dollars (millions of Naira) in sundry development projects in Amiri, that include road reconstruction, hospital equipment procurement, new school construction and rehabilitation of existing ones, sponsorship of school athletic programs, and funding for security operations in the town. Other areas of need in Amiri under review by AIDU include rehabilitation of the town’s aged water supply system, and the extension of power supply to all corners of the town. Gradually, the influence of AIDU will be felt in all these sectors that together will make Amiri livable.
Structurally, AIDU is made up of chapters grouped regionally throughout the United States based on where Amirians reside. The DC/Maryland chapter encompasses residents of the states of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The New Jersey chapter is made up of residents of New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The Texas chapter is made up of the residents of Texas and New Orleans. California chapter comprises of California and Denver residents. The Oregon chapter includes residents of Oregon and Washington states. Together the form a membership strength of over 70 Amirians determined to make a difference in their far away home.
Funding for AIDU projects come from the generous donations of the membership of the union and from those of Amiri friends and well-wishers throughout the United States. Our annual conventions held during the 4th of July weekend have taken us to all corners of the country in search of funds and sponsorship. Each outing has netted us several thousands of dollars for which we are very grateful. I must note that donations made to AIDU and its projects are tax deductible. Just another reason to contribute to the union apart from the sense of satisfaction that one derives from contributing to the development of a third world town. We cannot live up to the motto of AIDU without your continued support and goodwill.
I wish you a happy visit to our web page and please tell a friend or two about our mission. Long live Amiri. Long live Imo state. Long live Nigeria.
Ken C. Onyima, PhD, AICP
Past National President, AIDU