Government Will Not Do Everything For Us, Says Ex Senate President Ken Nnamani
At the unveiling of the Tree-Like Shield Foundation in Abuja, on Monday, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of supporting the vulnerable in the society.
The Foundation was launched to help vulnerable youths in the society get access to quality education.
Nnamani, who was also the Chairman of the day, stressed the importance of such gathering, saying “Government will not do everything for us. The main lesson is for people to get together to help the less privileged.”
He proceeded further to donate the sum of N250,000 to the foundation.
The unveiling which stretched into a panel discussion on “Impacting Positively in the Lives of the Vulnerable and Less Privileged Youths For A prosperous Nation,” had three discussants; Aisha Yesufu, Co-Convener, Bring Back our Girls (BBOG) group; Barrister Kayode Ajulo, Principal Partner, Kayode Ajulo & Co., and Mr. Tope Fasua, Chief Executive Officer, Global Analytics Consulting Limited.
Yesufu, in her remarks said that every girl-child in the country must be able to access quality education.
“Education is the key to breaking the shackles of poverty. We are not doing the vulnerable youths a favour by giving them education. When we help the vulnerable, we in turn doing ourselves a favour,” Yesufu stated.
Mr. Fasua in his address urged the society at large to support the Tree-Like Shield Foundation in providing education for the vulnerable.
Barrister Ajulo, who was represented by Barrister Pelumi Olajembisi at the panel discussion, charged government at all levels to create laws that protect the vulnerable.
His words: “We must engage the government in ensuring they see the relevance of advocacy and helping the vulnerable get quality education.”
Earlier, Managing Director of Stanbic Pension, Mr. Rotimi Adewale, had in his goodwill message encouraged the humanitarian idea of giving back to the society.
While commending Tree-Like Shield Foundation for its efforts in providing free education for the vulnerable, Adewale pleaded with participants at the unveiling to identify with relevant programmes of the Foundation by showing support and financial assistance in areas where needed. This he said would enable the foundation reach more young people.
The Tree-Like Shield Foundation has provided academic scholarships to more than five young people in Abuja, Enugu, and other states. It is hoping to expand its reach with support from donors.
The Foundation was established by Mr Kayode Odusote, and has Ms. Awoseyi Fikemi has its co-founder.