A renowned lawyer and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Chief Wole Olanipekun(SAN), the Asiwaju of Ikere Kingdom, on Saturday empowers indigent youth and widows through is Foundation( Wole Olanipekun Foundation,WOF) in Ekiti State.
Encomium on Saturday, April 24, as Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN Empowers Youths and Aged women in Ikere through wole olanipekun foundation(WOF)
The empowerment scheme was the first of its kind to involve 200 beneficiaries in the state.
Olanipekun, who spoke through is representative during the event in Ikere Ekiti over the weekend, said a total of 100 young people and 100 aged over 75years and over benefited from the publication of its empowerment program in 2020 edition.
“I want to plead with the beneficiaries to take advantage of this unique opportunity available to each of them through this scheme to not only devote his or her time to real educational pursuit but also beam a searchlight into the future,” he said.
Launches foundation to assist widows, youths
Olanipekun added that the just officially launched foundation will kick off with empowerment of 100 youth and 100 widows and aged that would benefit between N50,000 and N30,000 each to establish small scale businesses, to reduce poverty in Ekiti.
“Under the Wole Olanipekun Foundation Youth Empowerment Programme, while 100 youths will have a grant of N50,000 each in 2020, another set of 100 youths will be entitled to the same amount in 2021 and 2022 translating to 300 youth, while each of them will be entitled to non-interest yielding loans from the middle of 2021.
“For the widows and the aged people from 75 years of age, 100 of them will be empowered with N30,000 each under my foundation as part of the poverty alleviation programme.”
Olanipekun urged the well-meaning indigenes of the town to partner Governor Kayode Fayemi’s government to ensure the smooth take-off of the proposed University of Education, Science and Technology in Ikere Ekiti, for the radical economic development of the town.