Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo West) called on Nigerians to work together to fight poverty in order to achieve the desired national development.
He called on Saturday during the grand finale of the 2021 Ibadan Week celebrations held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okorocha, the former governor of the state of Imo, was honored on that occasion by the ‘Extraordinary Friend of Ibadan’.
NAN reports that the Okorochina Award was a recognition for his contribution to the education of poor students through his free educational programs.
Okorocha said poverty and injustice are Nigeria’s most common enemies, saying Nigerians must rise up to find lasting solutions to the threat.
He said the problem of poverty and injustice still plagues the nation, despite his little efforts to solve the problem.
“I have built schools across the federation to provide access to poor children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school.
“Despite this problem-oriented effort, poverty and injustice still devastate the nation,” he said.
Okorocha noted that it was difficult for poor and vulnerable children to go to school in Nigeria because of poverty, urging well-meaning Nigerians to join in the fight against a common enemy.
According to him, “If all these children who have gathered here and many of them who have gone through my foundation have not been given the opportunity for free education, Nigeria will become a problem.”
He thanked Olubadan from Ibadanland Oba Sali Adetunji, as well as the sons and daughters of Ibadan for declaring him worthy of the award.
NAN reports that Okorocha, through his Rochas Okorocha Foundation, founded a college in Ibadan.
About 25,000 poor children across the southwest, 6,000 of whom are from Ibadan, benefited from free schooling.
Chief Yemi Soladoye, general president of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), said the annual Ibadan Week is celebrated by Ibadan natives and others who have contributed to its development.
He called on all Ibadans, both at home and abroad, to continue to support the development of Ibadan, as well as to fulfill their responsibilities towards raising Ibadan.
Other winners at this event are Senator Kola Balogun (PDP-Oyo South), prof. Idowu Olayinka, former Vice-Rector of the University of Ibadan, Mr. Aderemi Oseni, prof. Sabitu Ariyo and Hon. Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, among others.
NAN reports that the event featured a cultural display and tribute to Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Vanguard News Nigeria