In an effort to support the ongoing philanthropic gesture of the Senator Buruji Kashamu-inspired Omoilu Foundation, a community leader in Oju Olumo, Itoko, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Mr. Nurudeen Matankuje has embarked on massive distribution of notebooks to public primary school pupils in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State to support their education.
Speaking on the initiative while on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Foundation in Ijebu Igbo at the weekend , Matankuje who was received by the Media Officer of the Foundation, Mr. Sunkanmi Oyejide, on behalf of the State Coordinator of the Foundation, Comrade Niyi Osoba, said the programme is meant to support the good works Senator Buruji Kashamu is doing across the state.
“This is my own little way of supporting Senator Buruji Kashamu in his quest to help the cause of the down-trodden as he alone cannot reach out to everybody at the same time. Education is the best legacy and with the present economic recession it might be difficult for most parents to provide notebooks for their children.
“At the moment, we have visited five public primary schools in Abeokuta where more than 1,000 pieces Omoilu Foundation customised notebooks were distributed to the pupils. I won’t list the names of the schools for certain reasons.
“Distributing the notebooks to the pupils proved difficult as the management of the schools visited denied my team access to them when we informed them of our mission, they directed us to the Ministry of Education for approval. Fortunately, the pupils on their own ignored the directives of the schools’ management as they scramble for the notebooks.
“My mission is to distribute the notebooks across all the public primary schools in Abeokuta as I am sure it will ease pressure off parents. I would not be unnerved by the difficulties encountered in the process of reaching out to the pupils. I will keep on distributing the notebooks at the slightest opportunity I have.
Matankuje urged other wealthy Nigerians to emulate Senator Kashamu by touching lives.
“I want to appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to follow the path of Senator Kashamu by helping the needy around them. Helping the needy, especially the younger ones, is a trait I inherited from Senator Kashamu and I will keep doing it even if I have to deprive myself and my family at times,” he said.