A philanthropist and former pupil of St. Paul’s primary school, Oshodi, Mr. Oluwole Benjamin Eweoya, has given back to his alma mata; providing a bore hole for the school community.
Eweoya, a UK-trained lawyer has since returned home to contribute his quota to the development of his childhood neighbourhood of Oshodi Lagos.
Speaking at the commissioning of the project, Eweoya, who coordinates a non-for profit organisation; Forwarders Group, said, it is his joy to have the privilege to give back to the school that started him up in life. “It is my sincere and heartfelt glory to Almighty God for the opportunity and privilege to give back to my community. Helping the needy and community development is the core of my desire to serve Oshodi Community and my country Nigeria by extension.”
In her appreciation, elated Head Teacher of the school, Mrs. Obadara, commended the gesture of an old pupil. “We are here today thanking God for the provision and commissioning of the water tank and scaffolding provided for our school by an old pupil, now a philanthropist and motivator. As we all know, water is a very essential need to humanity. This will go a long way in meeting the various needs that water is needed for in our school.”
In her prayer for the donour, Obadara said, “you provide a timely need for us, God Almighty will pay you back in a million fold, He will guide, protect and honour you and your heart desire shall be fulfilled in Jesus name.”
In his response, Eweoya noted that there are obvious needs in several primary schools in Oshodi area of Lagos and called on other eminent sons and daughters of Oshodi to join him in impacting lives in the area. “There are obvious needs in this school and other primary schools in Oshodi Local Government and beyond. The joy I have is in my believe in competitive development. It gladdened my heart when I put up a sign post at Afolabi School, Brown Street, Oshodi and two weeks later, our Federal House of Representatives member, saw the need to do same for the neighbouring primary school. If we continue in that spirit of competitive development, in less than 10 years, Oshodi Local Government will be better than Eti-Osa Local Government and any other Local Government in Nigeria,” Eweoya said.
Fielding questions from journalists after the commissioning of the water project, Eweoya, who also has a book reading projects in schools across Oshodi, said “We find out that there are needs in the community, in the school, I like competitive development, like we have done here, we like other people to do the same thing. If we have that competitive development, in 10 years, the whole of the community will be developed,” he said.
He added that, “Most people see this community and don’t want to come to the place but in 10 years, the place will be a nice place to be.” On youth empowerment, Eweoya, who recently donated safety equipments for secondary schools in Oshodi area, added that, youths have been neglected for too long. “Our youths have been neglected but with time there would be a lot of training for them from our stable. Empowerment is not giving some one a generator or standing fan, but teach them how to catch the fish rather than giving them fish. This is the orientation our youths need to get, they need to have trades in their hands and give them drink and smoke, the more prosperity we have in our community, the better for all of us. If the youths are well catered for, you and I would be able to move freely and sleep well.”