Owo indigenes in USA present cash to indigents as Olowo harps on humanitarian service
Owo indigenes in USA dole out millions of Naira as Olowo harps on humanitarian service
The Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, has described philanthropic gestures as the pivot of service to humanity and the real essence of life.
The Royal Father spoke at his palace in Owo during the distribution of millions of naira as monetary palliatives to residents of Owo, consequent upon the COVID-19 Pandemic, by the World Council of Owo Associations, WOCOA, in the United States of America.
The World Council of Owo Associations, a non-profit and non-governmental organization, consists of Owo indigenes in eight different associations resident in eight different cities across the United States of America.
Oba Ogunoye explained that the assistance became imperative in view of the restriction order put in place by governments to forestall the spread of the virus that eventually impeded people’s desire to go about their normal duties.
While commending the Owo indigenes in the USA for their kind gestures, Oba Ogunoye said was the 12th time such succor would come the way of residents of the ancient city.
“This is the 11th or 12th time we are doing this. It is quite satisfactory that our people who are based in USA have decided to help out their brothers and sisters back home. There is no reason some people will have in abundance and will not be able to assist others, particularly this period.
“I am using this opportunity to appeal to the sons and daughters of Owo to have the heart of sympathy and extend their hands of assistance to the less privileged,” he said.
In a message to the distribution ceremony signed by the President of WOCOA, Mr Idris Adeniseun and General Secretary, Pastor Kehinde Alamudun acknowledged the devastating effects of the COVID-19 on the well-being of everyone.
They said the effects of the global pandemic necessitated the need for the organization to present the monetary gift to help alleviate the burden created by the lockdown and other restrictions that made daily bread a hardship for many people worldwide
Also, the Ojumu of Owo, High Chief Olanrewaju Famakinwa, described the gesture as a great idea, and prayed for the advancement of the generous donors.
“They have remembered their fathers and mothers at home in Owo that need assistance. I pray that God will continue to bless them and they shall return home safely.
“We also pray that the beneficiaries make use of it correctly,” he said.
Similarly, a beneficiary, Mrs Tokunbo Adeboye, a petty trader, said she came to collect the palliative on behalf of her aged mother.
She further expressed gratitude for the gesture, which she said, would be greatly appreciated by her mother.