- People of Ado-Odo in Ogun state have expressed satisfaction over a hand of fellowship extended to them by the PAPADEF
- PAPADEF said it was moved by the plight of the less privileged in the society
- The foundation also commissioned some developmental projects in the community
A non-governmental organisation, Pa Philip Akintoye Development Foundation (PAPADEF), on Tuesday, April 6, brought joy to the people of the Ado Odo community in Ogun state.
Legit.ng reports that the foundation commissioned a borehole, distributed palliatives, COVID-19 personal protective equipment, education grant to students, wheelchair to the physically challenged and a host of other materials to members of the community.
The programme was the second year anniversary of PAPADEF, with the theme, “COVID -19 New Realities: Coping Strategies In Ado Odo Community.”
It attracted dignitaries from across the southwest region and was chaired by Nasir Olanrewaju, supported by Professor Nathaniel Adebowale, while the key note address was delivered by Dr. Ogundele Olakunle of the Lagos State University (LASU).
Speaking at the event, the founder of PAPADEF, Comrade Kehinde Akintoye, said the foundation has so far sunk five boreholes in Ado Odo, provided palliatives for 70 aged people and empowered widows across the country.
He also noted that the foundation has provided educational materials for students in Bayelsa state, stressing that his philanthropic gesture has taken him to over six states across the country.
Akintoye, however, appealed to influential members of the society to feel touched by the plight of the vulnerable and render help to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PAPADEF boss said:
“We call on the government to assist this community with some of the needed infrastructure as PAPADEF cannot do much, especially in the area of electricity, pipeborne water and rehabilitation of dilapidated roads. We have previously sunk four bore holes with generators to power them in different locations.
"Today, we have given education grants to indigent students, provided a wheelchair to a physically challenged student, Selim Ajisefini, empowered 70 elderly persons and we are commissioning another borehole. We were in Kebbi State last week to provide palliatives and COVID-19 safety kits."
In his keynote address, Ogundele Olakunle, spoke on the theme, “COVID-19 new realities: Coping Strategies In Ado Odo community.
He said that even though there was no single COVID-19 infection recorded in the community, it doesn't mean that they are naturally immune to the disease.
Olakunle said that the coping strategy would allow them to gain more as a community, be more productive and make good use of their time as people now live in a world where they are stuck at home.
“The strategies may not help us make so much money but would definitely make us happier and more mentally stable. These coping strategies include changing old habits, starting small flexible businesses and having new attitudes to personal ways of living and finance, as well as practicing small scale philanthropy.”
The chairman of the programme, Nasir Olanrewaju, commended Akintoye for the philanthropic work in the community and environment, stressing that what PAPADEF did was a challenge to everyone to learn to extend help to the vulnerable no matter how small.
Lamidi Olatunji, the lawmaker representing Ado Odo/Igbesa constituency at the Ogun State House of Assembly said the event was unprecedented.
While talking about the role of the government in the area of infrastructure deficit, he said that a 5-kilometer road has been approved by the state government and very soon it would attract funding.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that at a time when Nigeria is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the outbreak of Avian Influenza, also known as Bird flu in seven states across the country.
It was reported that Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC, spoke about the outbreak of the disease on Tuesday, April 6, while giving highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria.
Source: Legit Nigeria