The Apex Socio-cultural Club in Egbaland has carried out a special outreach on Friday, April 17, 2020 to the needy, handicapped, elderly and less privileged Egba residents in order to relieve the effects of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A team of the Club members headed by Engr. Tokunbo Odebunmi, its President, proceeded to the four sections of Egbaland, the Owu, the Gbagura, the Oke-Ona, and Ake respectively.

In his address at the Olowu Palace, Engr. Odebunmi, said that it was part of the Club’s mandate to take care of its people and their businesses with the overall interest of the development of Egbaland.

He added that the palliatives were being handed over to the Chiefs who would forward them to the needy and most vulnerable residents in the territory.

Chief Ajao Adelekan, the Seriki of Owu, who received the Club, thanked them and said Owu would would ensure equitable distribution of the 55 packages given to them to the needy.

At Gbagura Kingdom, the Agura, Oba Babajide Bakre commended the Club for extending love and support for the people, which the Monarch pointed, was expected of them. 

In his response the President of the Club urged the people to obey Government’s stay at home order and always maintain good personal hygiene.

He commended the Agura for the support he had earlier given to the residents and also praised Hon. Kazeem, who was at the occasion for good handling of the project of the Gbagura Palace.

In a similar development, the Osile of Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, represented by Chief Muyideen Kazeem, the Ekeerin of Oke-Ona, appreciated the symbolic gesture of love expressed by the club and noted that the palliatives would help the people whom they were meant to serve.

Chief Muyideen Kazeem reassured the Club that equitable distribution of the materials would be carried out among all the ten townships in Oke Ona, especially the vulnerable, those who lived on daily income, and the poor.

The Ekerin of Oke Ona also disclosed that some things were being done by Oke Ona Patriots to support the government to relief the citizenry of the lockdown.

At the Ake Palace, the President, Engr. Odebunmi re-emphasised the Club’s realisation of the need to help those who lived on daily income, such as vulcanisers, mechanics, hawkers, barbers, vendors and others who would need strong support during this lockdown.

He added that the government had made commendable efforts to support the people, with the help of other donors, the special duties personnels, and Medical practitioners, who he said should be commended putting their lives on line to give succour to others. 

Engr. Odebunmi stated that the Club would continue to support the government and urged all right thinking Nigerians to join in cushioning the effects of the Pandemic.

He also appreciated Alake’s efforts, which the Monarch had silently been providing support to the people of Egnaland and residents, noting that the Alake’s Relief Project for this emergency, was still on going.

In his response, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, appreciated the Club for their support and ensured even distribution of the palliatives, which was carried out on the spot. 

Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, said he was was very impressed by the Club’s proactive measures during this emergency, urging to maintain such.

The Egba Paramount Monarch further demonstrated his support for the Club’s project by adding 200 Relief Packages from Oba Adedotun Gbadebo Foundation to the 55packs brought by the Club.

Concluded, the Alake again urged Egba Community leaders and Individuals as well as Businesses, to emulate Abeokuta Club by reaching out to their immediate people.

In another development, the Club donated 100 loaves of bread to the vulnerable patients of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba. 

Dr. Fideliz Ojeblehum, the Head of Clinical Services, FMCA, led the welcoming team and expressed appreciation to the Club for the love and support. 

At the State Hospital, Ijaye, the Managing Director, Dr. Oladehinde M. A. welcomed the Club members and appreciated their donation of 100 loaves of bread to the needy patients in the Hospital. 

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At Stella Obasanjo Children Home, the Club also donated 50 loaves of bread to the Charity Home. 

The Convoy of Abeokuta Club led by its President, Engr. (Chief) Tokunbo Odebumi, included the First Vice President, Dr. Wale Adeola, Second Vice President, Alhaji Nurudeen Oyedele and the Hon. General Secretary, Chief Sesan Okutoro. 

Others were Engr. Demola Agboola, Chief Festus Kehinde, Chief Kehinde Sofenwa, Chief Musibau Ayinde Gomez and Alhhaji Kamorudern Adedo.

Tope Akingbelure

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