Ogun Govt Seeks Corporate Organizations' Support For EI To Assist More School Children, Others - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Ogun Govt Seeks Corporate Organizations' Support For EI To Assist More School Children, Others

Ogun State Government is mobilizing corporate organizations and wealthy Nigerians to support a Non-Governmental Organization (Encouragement Initiative in its quest to assist more less privileged school children with instructional materials and other necessary items as well as others who need assistance in the society

The State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Govermental Affairs, Mrs Olufemi  Ilori-Oduntan who was declaring open the 11th annual charity lecture of the Less Privileged Children Encourage Initiative which has its theme"Access to Justice: The Dilemma of the Less Privileged and the Way Out”,on Easter Monday in Ijebu-Ode ,stressed the need to support the humanitarian project of the NGO which had distributed school uniforms, sandals, school bags, writing materials, free mid day meals, free textbooks and provided free medicare to over One Hundred (100) less privileged children 

Ilori-Oduntan showered encomium  on EI for complimenting government at supporting the less privileged people for over 20 years despite the economic challenges in the country

"I am highly impressed with this initiative and I sincerely commend the Less Privileged Children Encouragement Initiative (EI) for its steadfastness, drive, doggedness, consistency and persistency through the years in its service to humanity regardless of age, race, gender, culture, religion or current life situation"

"Permit me to specially thank and appreciate Dr. Rotimiolu Akinlesi and his very supportive wife, Dr. Bukunola Akinlesi for birthing this initiative and keeping this NGO going despite myriad of challenges over the past twenty (20) years", the commissioner commended the founders  

She however expressed readiness to personally work closely with EI in its health outreach project in supporting sickle cell patients in various communities 

"Your work in the area of donation of drugs every first Friday of the month to the Sickle Cell Warriors Club in the last 20 years is a testament to the resolve of EI to better the lives of the less privileged. I am also passionately involved in providing succour to children living with sickle cell and will be happy to join hands with EI in reaching out to these children. Your village charity outreaches to several communities such as Ago-Iwoye, Ayerose, Oke-Orundun, Agbadu, Adekanmbi, Falafonmu, Ikise, Elegunmesan, Ehin-Etiri etc., and the distribution of school uniforms, sandals, school bags, writing materials, free mid day meals, free textbooks, free medicare, and provision of over One Hundred (100) school uniforms", Ilori-Oduntan lauded 

She expressed confidence in the capacity of EI as NGO with over 450 volunteers  in sustaining its  humanitarian services to Nigerians for a better society

"It is my greatest wish to see EI wax stronger and touch many more lives in years to come", she stated

The commissioner added that the Prince Dapo Abiodun's administration in the past three years under the Federal Government's social investment programme being coordinated by her ministry ensure provision of free meals to 178,128 pupils in schools while 3,505 cooks were engaged in the Home Grown School Feeding programme

According to her", 9,171 people have benefitted in the first phase of the Household Upliftment Programme and 3,853 people have benefitted in the first stage of registration of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP,) while the Ogun State Emergency Management Agency (OGSEMA) also provides relief materials to victims who were affected by flood, fire and windstorm amongst social investment programmes by the State Government 

Mrs. Oluyemi Orija, a thorough-bred legal professional and founder of Headfort Foundation delivering the 11th charity lecture of EI, stressed the need for citizens to have equal access to the legal system in Nigeria

Orija whose foundation had in the past four years provided free legal services to 416 innocent inmates in various correctional facilities, asked Nigerians to always make good use of offices of Legal Aid Counรงil across the 36 States in the country, to seek legal redress in court

She revealed that her foundation had sensitized over 3,000 persons on their fundamental human rights across the country

The Human Right lawyer however solicited for volunteers, partners and fund to provide free legal services to  more less privileged in the society

Co-founder of EI, Dr. Rotimiolu Akinlesi speaking with newmen on the sideline of the event, expressed satisfaction with the achievements recorded so far in the past 22years of impacting on the lives of less privileged across States in Nigeria

He added that the lecture had in the past eleven years assisted greatly in capacity building of people running NGO, particularly on how to put in place solid structure to attract the needed fund for sustainance of their various humanitarian services in the society

"Several people get inspired after attending this lecture, through this training we've been able to inspire many people who are involved in humanitarian services, assisting them on how to set up structures for their NGOs ", Akinlesi stated 

He however stressed the need for more NGOs to compliment efforts of government at providing support for  those who need assistance

Akinlesi enjoined those running NGOs to be trustworthy in order to attract the needed support from wealthy individuals and corporate organizations to enable them assist more  people in the society

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