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By Ujunwa Atueyi
FOLLOWING an observation that most indigent children lack access to quality education, Founder of Joseph and Eunice Oladaiye Foundation (JEOF), an NGO, Mr. Ademola Oladaiye, has called on well meaning Nigerians to join force with government and expand access to education for less privileged children in the society.
Oladaiye, who made the observation during the foundation’s visit to the Heart of Gold Orphanage, Surulere, Lagos, informed that through educational outreach the needy and less privileged children would have access to education and make a better individual.
According to him, neglect of this group of individuals would create unsafe environment that will negatively affect the future of the Nigerian child and the society at large, thus the need for all and sundry to demonstrate combined effort.
Recalling how he struggled unaided to see himself through secondary and university education after his father’s death, he regretted that the right of indigent children to education is largely threatened by poverty and lack of support.
Oladaiye, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, Initiative Finance Limited, informed that the foundation was set up to assist the needy and immortalise his late dad and aged mum.
He said: “Poverty is a big threat to millions of children from deprived homes. It denies them access to quality education that would sustain their life. In my own case, I struggled to be able to get to where I am today. I had to go to different schools, from secondary school to Teachers College, College of Education and later to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).”
“Things were so difficult that I had to work after school to earn some money. After my secondary school, I couldn’t go straight to the university, though I had my results. There was nobody to support except my mother who was a petty trader then. All these tussles prepared and informed my resolve to help the needy,” he revealed.
Oladaiye, who graduated with a first class degree in Mathematics, assured that the foundation would remain dedicated to support services for the less privileged and under-served children, youths and the aged in the areas of educational development, health improvement and empowerment programmes.
“Our mission is to use the most cost-effective approach to deploy the resources of the foundation towards the achievement of its goals using the most accessible, value adding, transparent, consistent and passion driven programmes. Since its establishment in 2008, JEOF Foundation has impacted the lives of over 5,000 less privileged and underserved members of the community through life-changing programmes and scholarship awards,” he noted.