Oko Opo Foundation, the dream project of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited, Dr Babatunde Adeyemo, will formally berth on Boxing Day, December 26 at The Podium inside the cosy Pelican Valle, Laderin, Abeokuta where unsual home happens.
Oko Opo Foundation, a non- profit making and Humanitarian organisation, meant to cater for the widows, children and other vulnerable members of the society, will be formally unveiled to the world through Live Executive Media Briefing using the Foundation’s official Facebook page.
The 45 – minute long online briefing scheduled to hold between( 9 – 9.45am on boxingday) will be anchored by Veteran broadcast Journalist Eddie Aina, Public Relations expert, Tope Adaramola, Public Affairs Commentator, a author/publisher, Mr. Olamilekan Jaji, Correspondent of The Nation Newspaper in Ogun State, Mr Ernest Nwokolo. The media briefing is also going to be attended by the Board of Directors of the Foundation and also.a veteran actor and Pelican brand ambassador, Mr. James Sehinde, popularly know as pa.James.
The promoter, Dr Adeyemo who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in his office at the Pelican Valley Estate Laderin, said the anchor persons will use the avenue to highlight the vision, mission and activities of the Foundation.
According to him, there will be a meeting with no fewer than 100 widows at The Podium immediately after the Executive media briefing and this segment will feature education and enlightenment talks on aging, age related health issues and effective coping strategies for widows.
This session will be handled by health consultants, Pelican Valley Brand Ambassador and Mr. Olamilekan Jaji who has authored a book on aging. The Iya Adinni of Ginti Muslim Community Central Mosque Ikorodu, Alhaja Sidikat Adeyemo; the octogenarian mother of the founder of the Oko Opo Foundation? Dr. Adeyemo and herself a widow, is also expected to share her useful experience to encourage colleagues on that day.
Adeyemo said at the end of the meeting, each of the widows will go home with food items and cash gifts while transportation arrangements have also been made to convey them to and from the event venue on Boxing Day.
He revealed his long term plans for the widows, saying he will keep the Register of the widows for necessary follow up, and also facilitate the provision of modest housing accommodations for most vonourable widows in the long run – comprising one bedroom and two – bedroom studio apartments, to be built within an acre of land he had donated for that purpose.
Fielding questions from newsmen about the rationale behind the Oko Opo Foundation, he said, “I have a covenant with God that I want to dedecate my heart and soul towards given hope to the widows . We are already leading by example because apart from distributing some materials, we built the podium purposely because of the foundation. We actually want to make it a long term as what I will do for the rest of my life and my children can also take over from me.
“I don’t want the foundation to look political because if we do that, we will find ourselves in politics without knowing and I don’t want to do politics that is why I set up the foundation. I want to touch the life of people directly. The only two ways you can touch the life of people is through politics or having a Foundation, and I don’t want to do politics that is why I’m opting for Foundation.
“People often get it wrong that settingup a foundation shouldbe a springboard to politicking. If you want to go into politics, join politics, because politics itself is a charity work; it ought not to be something you will do and collecting salary. For me, politics is like you are protecting the people, the economy and the world from imminent collapse. When you are protecting the economy, it is akin to protecting the whole world and source of sustenance of humanity but most people don’t get it right.
“Politics shouldn’t be about self interest and that is why I set up this foundation and I don’t want to invite politicians but whoever that wants to support the Foundation can support without expecting reciprocation or any gesture because even me that set it up is not expecting anything. I could have used the money I have to buy exotic cars or travel abroad. Though, I don’t have money in my account but out of none, we are still trying to cater for people that we believe are most vulnerable in the society. Instead of using the money for vacation with my family, I would rather spend the money on the needy.” Dr. Adeyemo said.