A non-governmental organisation, ‘The Oyakhilome Bello Foundation’, has stressed the need for wealthy Nigerians to think up initiatives to assist government to meet the needs of the less privileged.
Mr Olaniyi Ilori, National Coordinator of the foundation while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, said government alone could not meet the needs of the less privileged especially.
He spoke at a free medical outreach organised by the foundation to bring medical awareness to members of the public whom according to him, may not have the resources and time to go to health centres to access healthcare.
He called on Nigerians to take advantage of such programms to improve on their health and well being.
He said it was unfortunate that most Nigerians do not really make out time to visit healthcare centres for medical check up, attributing the development to sudden and preventable death.
`”And this is why we came up with this programm as one of our own ways of contributing to national devolvement and impacting on the lives of Nigerians.
“We are doing it to save lives, knowing that Nigerians are going through a lot at this time, and the government alone cannot provide everything.
“It is one of our own ways of giving back to society, and we hope that well-meaning Nigerians will take a cue from us to assist the government in reaching out to the people,” Ilori said.
The founder of foundation, Mr Oyakhilome Bello, All Progressives Congress (APC) United States of America (USA) National Youth Leader, earlier, said the foundation recently shared food items to the less privileged within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said the foundation would take the free medical outreach to the six geopolitical zones of the country as a way of taking healthcare to the people.
He said the foundation was currently collaborating with healthcare professionals, organisations and government bodies to advocate for healthcare policies that prioritise the needs of the target audience.
“Health is wealth and education is fundamental to the development of anyone in life.
“A key thing for us to tackle is the aspect of education, wealth comes with knowledge and as long as you are very educated you will know how to make wealth,” Bello said.
Mr Paul Idoko, one of the beneficiaries, while commending the foundation for the initiative, said it was a well thought out plan that should be emulated my other well to do Nigerains.
Ms Mary Ossai who spoke after receiving free medical checks and some medications, thanked the foundation for the opportunity and for supporting the less privileged through the initiative.
“You can see the drugs they gave me. I sincerely appreciate them and hope that other wealthy Nigerians will emulate them by giving helping hands to the vulnerable in the society,” she said.(https://newsatlarge.ng)