A non-governmental organisation, Olakunle Ojo Foundation has stated that ignorance and poverty in Nigeria had reduced the citizens’ interest to partake in charity.
Founder of the NGO, Mr. Olakunle Ojo, son of the pioneer vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Prof. Afolabi Ojo, made the remark while donating materials to Relief and Rehabilitation Home in Ado Ekiti yesterday, in commemoration of his 46th birthday anniversary.
According to Ojo, many of those interested giving don’t have available information on how best to help the less privileged while those with veracious information at their disposals have no financial means to put their desires to manifestations.
Items donated included bags of rice and beans, deep freezer, toiletries, among others, which were received by a director in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Deacon Samuel Fabusoro.
Present at the occasion were the celebrant’s father, Prof. Ojo, NDLEA commander in Ekiti, Mr Suleiman Jadi, Odogun of Ado Ekiti, Chief Oba Aladetoyinbo, Akogun Akin Ojo, PDP chairmen for Wards 1 and 2 in Ado Ekiti, Mr Gabriel Adetukasi and Mr Azeez Adedoyin, among others.
He encouraged rich Nigerians to imbibe the culture of giving, particularly to orphans, those suffering from mental illnesses and other physically-challenged individuals, rather than lavishing their wealth on parties and other frivolous ventures.
Ojo said he inherited the act of giving from his late mother, Mrs Florence Ojo, whom he said had been taking her to orphanages to celebrate her birthday since age seven.
“My first principle in life is giving to anyone that is in need. Whatever lending hand you give, you are doing it for God. You may not necessarily be a millionaire before you help your neighbours, that has been my belief.
He said he was not driven my any political aspiration to celebrate with the less privileged, saying over 200 widows were empowered in 2014 by this foundation which he founded in 2014.