IBADAN: As part of his efforts to alleviates the suffering of the masses, particularly during this pandemic period, Owolabi Olakulehin Foundation has distributed food items and provisions worth millions of naira to Nigerians in a bid to cushion the effect of the lockdown across Oyo state
According to a press release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com by Apreel1 Events TV, distribution of the palliatives which took place on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the Felele residence of the Olakulehin in Ibadan, Oyo State, saw thousands of people from various locations across the state commending the gesture of the Olakulehin Foundation towards alleviating the suffering of the less privileged.
While speaking with newsmen, the initiator of the gesture, Barr. Owolabi Olakulehin, a former Commissioner for Water Resource under the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi noted that having seen that some people are hungry as a result of the effect of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus, he decided to put smiles on the faces of the masses.
Barr. Olakulehin, also a former Chairman of Ona-Ara Local Government between 1997-1998 explained that the assistance he was giving to people came at a time when there was Covid-19 and people need food to survive, adding that there is hunger everywhere, particularly the less privileged.
His words, “We have been distributing food stuff and provisions on daily basis since last two weeks, it was after then that we thought the partial lockdown would not be over as expected, that was why we picked today for the distribution of the palliative materials.
“My wife has been into helping the people, particularly the poor in the society. I also love helping people, it means that what my wife loves doing, I like it as well, so it is a perfect match, it has been a while we
started this foundation, so my wife was the main brain behind it.”
Answering a question if the gesture was politically motivated, Olakulehin maintained that he didn’t have any political agenda for now, saying that all what he is doing was just to put smiles on the faces of the masses and alleviate their sufferings.
Barr. Olakulehin however called on wealthy Nigerians to care for the people, adding that government should also double their efforts in assisting the masses by getting intouch directly to them, saying, “Although the government has been trying their best, but they should do more.”
While speaking with newsmen, some beneficiaries of the food stuff and provisions, Mrs. Romoke Bello and Mrs. Funke Oguntayo, respectively commended the efforts of Barr. Owolabi Olakulehin towards assisting the masses, saying that other well meaning Nigerians should emulate the gesture of Owolabi Olakulehin Foundation.
“We want to thank the Olakulehin Foundation for coming to our aid, particularly during this hardship period, this food stuff and provisions will go a long way to cushion the effect of the lockdown period as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic,” they posited.
Items distributed to people include rice, beans, semovita, spaghetti, indomie noodles, tea, milk, melon and pepper, among others.
Two thousand naira each was also giving to about 50 people who were not able to collect the packages after it has finished.