In what could be described as true humanitarian service devoid of tribalism, religion, ethnicity, among others, the OOni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has donated a vocational centre to So-Said Charity Home in Ubakala, Umuahia South Local Government, Abia State through his Hopes Alive Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, NGO.
The vocational centre is equipped with sewing machines, hair dryers, shoe and bag making machines, cobblery equipments, barbing and other equipments.
According to the deputy convener of the NGO, Miss Temitope Adesegun, the Home has lacked a vocational centre for years since its establishment, 22 years ago. she added that the decision to put a structure for the rehabilitated members of the Home is to empower them so as to become useful to themselves and their immediate environment.
“Hopes Alive Initiative is cutting across boundaries just to empower people. His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye, is a wonderful father, a great motivator and selfless humanitarian, one whose love for humanity transcends across all tribes, races, religion, culture and whatever gender”
“I believe that God divinely created Ooni for the less privileged to make them happy and live a fulfilled life. I would say we are here in Abia State according to God’s directive who ordered our steps to be here for a unique set of people created by God but abandoned by relatives. The Home is reforming these set of people through the founder who is doing a great job of influencing lives. Our coming here is to add value to what she is doing by rehabilitating these set of people and in order to compliment her efforts, we decided to establish a vocational centre well equipped for training of them after their rehabilitation process,” she said.
Welcoming the team to Umuahia, the Enyi Abia, Eze Raphael Mbagu, described the Ooni of Ife as a true humanitarian who has proved that Nigerians are one family and should not allow tribalism to tear them apart.
The Nonagenarian prayed for long life for the Ooni, who was represented by Oba Taofeek Oshunmakinde, the Obawure of Ife and his Emese who conveyed the Ooni’s staff of office to the event.
He also urged well-meaning Nigerians to support the King in his humanitarian service by donating to the NGO’s selfless service to humanity, adding that those who listen to the cry of poor people would live long and obtain favour of God.
Mrs. Felicia Martins, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of So-Said Charity Homes with seven branches across the country said the Home was established for the vulnerable persons on the street and has been operating for more than 22 years to rescue those who had fallen on the way-path.
According to her, the initial plan was to focus on mentally derailed people but later realised that not all persons roaming the streets are mentally ill but there are women with marital issues who are sent packing from their matrimonial homes, children who lost their way home, special children with syndromes, prostitutes, beggars and people with challenge in different areas.
Over the years, she said the Home has expanded through the help of philanthropists, and decided to train them before they go back to the society.
“One of the challenges we face is finance because we have given out ourselves to live for others and this requires money. What His Imperial Majesty has done today by coming to equip the empowerment centre is a laudable achievement because when my manager was struggling to build the centre, I was asking where are we going to get money to roof it talk less of equipping it. The place has been abandoned ever since then but the Ooni came through his team and roofed the place, plastered it, put the window, security door with burglary proof, ceiling fans and tiles everywhere, he turned it to a standard vocational centre with all the training equipments for different vocations”, she said.
Mrs. Martins stated further that working with the mentally derailed persons has not been easy and would never be easy as it takes the grace of God because she has severally been attacked by some of them who sometimes become violent.
She said the Ooni’s gesture shows a true humanitarian, who has left himself for God to use devoid of tribalism, ethnic or religious considerations, whose love knows no bound and has made giving to be part of his life.
“My word for other well-meaning Nigerians is to show love, let them know that Nigeria as a country is in need and giving is part of life. People are suffering out there and if everyone can emulate this kind of a King who has given himself to service of humanity, then the world will be a better place. It is a good thing to be blessed but people should realise that the purpose of being blessed is to give back to the society,” she said.
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