The Owu Empowerment Foundation Incoroporated, OEF, has been described as a giant leap into the future.
According to the Chairman of the OEF Board of Trustees, Prince (Dr) Bolu Akin-Olugbade, the Non-Governmental Organisation had laid a solid foundation for the sustainable growth and development of the Owu people, both at home and in diaspora.
The Chairman, Prince Bolu Akin-Olugbade, who was delivering his address at the Joint Meeting of the Management and members of the Organisation on Thursday, 3rd September, 2020, at the Owu Palace Auditorium, Abeokuta, noted that the Owu Empowerment Foundation had carried out laudable achievements in the past one year of creation.
In his Goodwill message read on his behalf through virtual video-conferencing, he pointed out that these laudable achievements included the audacious intervention and provision of palliatives during the epidemic of Covid19 by providing 2.4 Million Naira for relief packages and other items, as well as conducting of various empowerment and philanthropic programmes for indigenes and less privileged, among many others.
He commended the sense of responsibility and responsiveness to the cause of Owu people and humanity, adding that both the organizers and beneficiaries were all joint winners.
The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Adekunle Adesina, commended founders of the OEF and its registration with Corporate Affairs Commission as community NGO, for their uncommon initiatives.
Chief Adekunle Adesina noted that the steps already taken had shown that the OEF would not be like any other that had appeared only to rapidly disappear due to lack of solid plan for sustainability and cohesiveness.
Chief Adesina therefore urged the Owu larger Community to rally round the OEF and make it an enduring legacy because it had shown more promise of a system to take people out of poverty to better living conditions.
He commended OWU citizens in diaspora for the support and for the sponsorship of the ZOOM transmission.
In his welcome address and giving an update, the Coordinator General of the OEF, Chief OgoOluwa Bankole, appreciated the Pioneer Executive Committee for giving committed, voluntary and humanitarian services as well as their high leadership quality, in the conceptualization and kick starting the project at a record time.
Chief OgoOluwa Bankole noted with satisfaction that the response of members was very encouraging and indicated that, there were many patriotic and well meaning Owu indigenes in many fields of human endeavors, waiting to be called upon.
The Coordinator General expressed gratitude to Dr Bolu Akin-Olugbade for astute, committed and exemplary leadership, adding that his contributions were invaluable, and that his roles modeled and encouraged many other Owu compatriots to do more for their people.
He disclosed that, over 17 million was realised as donations, despite the COVID19 Pandemic scenario, adding that the sum of 2m was expended on COVID19 community palliatives.
Chief OgoOluwa Bankole, further explained that the Owu Empowerment Foundation was created by like minded Owu Indigenes from all over the world, who had identified the need to support their people and ensure even development in their locality, help in the development of infrastructures, investments, and empowerment opportunities of the people of the Owu Kingdom.
Chief OgoOluwa Bankole also pointed out that the youths stood to benefit more from the various trainings and empowerment programs that the Foundation would set up in the future.
He said that the Foundation was meant to empower all Owus especially in dangerous times such as the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and to boost the infrastructures of the Owu nation
He noted that there was no well functioning borehole facilities in the whole of Owu and the Foundation was set to address such issues of lack of adequate infrastructures.
Chief OgoOluwa Bankole also made a clarion call to philanthropists and proud Owu indigenes who are willing to voluntarily help their people, to be a part of the Non Governmental Organisation, which has been incorporated on 13, August, 2020, at Abuja.
He added that all the members and Trustees of the Organisation were all volunteers and incoming members would also be accepted as volunteers.
It was also announced that the Organisation had been legally registered and recognized by the government and is expected to be accountable for all its implementations and spendings.
Chief OgoOluwa thanked all those would gave enlightenment talks on functions of the OEF as stipulated by law, adding that this was expected to properly guide the Foundation in its intended aims and objectives of philanthropy and empowerment.
The occasion was attended by Egba Dignitaries such as the Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode, and many others.