By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Chairman, Oyo State Community Chest Council, Ambassador (Dr.) Olusola Olagunju has called for the cooperation of the people in the state to make the administration of governor Seyi Makinde a point of reference for other states in Nigeria.
Ambassador Olagunju made the call during an advocacy visit of the council to Honourable Olufemi Josiah, Special Adviser on Community Relations to Makinde in Ibadan.
According to her, the visit became imperative in order to officially intimate him in brief of their vision and activities adding that a comprehensive writeup shall subsequently be forwarded to his office on projection of the council.
She explained that the Community Chest Council under the auspices of the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion is a pool of resources which aim to assist the people in a particular area and to help support the less privileges, old or ill people and victims of emergency including Internally Displaced People (IDP).
Ambassador Olagunju who emphasized that the main goal of the council is to establish a robust, sustainable and wellfunded social welfare coalition said some of their objectives is to raise and facilitate a sustainable community support programme for the vulnerable and less privileged in the three senatorial District of the state.
“Our objectives also is to promote government initiative on zero street begging through the provision of sustainable facilities that will address humanitarian needs that leads to street begging in the state.
“Our objectives among others is to also advocate for free/subsidized medical services for the less privileged and to work hand in glove with traditional leaders and the state government to stem the tide of thuggery, drug abuse and youths restiveness.”
In their contributions, members of the council commended the presentations of the chairman, saying they need to make the state attractive to donors.
Speaking, Hon Olufemi Josiah lauded the vision and initiative of the council, describing it as a welcome development.
He assured them that they are ready to work with the council.
“Our amiable governor works on science, logic and data, so that record can show what you are doing or what you have done.”
The Special Assistant urged them not to shy away from their duty, urging them to always call when they need government intervention.