In the wake of 2020 Eid-el-fitri celebration, the Temitayo Agemo Okuboyejo Renaissance Project has reached out to Muslim clerics as well as the vulnerable in Ado-Odo/Ota towns and villages.
The convener, Mrs Temitayo Okuboyejo-Agemo, in a chat with VOA News correspondent on the need for reaching out to the clerics and most importantly, the less privilege in the local government area of Ado-Odo/Ota said that, ‘apart from our achievements in the education sector where we have successfully hosted inter-school quiz competition twice in the local government, we also bear the task of complementing government’s efforts by lifting people’s hands when in need, most especially, during this covid-19 pandemic which coincides with this year’s Ramadan celebration’.
She added that the foundation had also given Christian clerics and indigents food stuffs during the last Christmas and that the foundation is not religious biased.
She thanked the Temitayo Agemo Okuboyejo Renaissance Project team for seeing to the smooth take off and execution of this year’s Zakat-ul-Fitri program.
Recall that the project in February, 2020, organized inter school junior category competition in the local government where Iganmode Grammar School, Ota emerged the overall best.
While presenting cash gifts to the clerics in Ado-Odo central mosque, the project’s representative,
Hon. Tunde Badmus said, ‘Temitayo Agemo Renaissance project has been around for a while. “We have hosted inter-school quiz competitions in the local government with the preliminary stage held in Ado-Odo and subsequent edition’s final could be staged in the community because the foundation, though initiated by an Igbesa indigene and named after an elder statesman in Igbesa, Alhaji R.T Agemo, is not limiting its operation only to Igbesa”.
He pleaded with the clerics to accept the cash donation, though, small, will go round the community, especially those who are in dire need.
In an interview with Alhaji Adejumo Muktar Adekanle, the Are Adinni of Ado-Odo, he said that, ‘the holy book taught that whomever extends a hand of fellowship to clerics and most especially, the needies particularly during Ramadan fasting, Allah will always bless such person’. He lauded the convener of the project for her humanitarian gestures in that just few of those that are ‘well to do’ has the mind to do what she is doing. He advised her not to relent because ‘Almighty Allah is noticing her efforts and will repay her in due course’.
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Alhaji Adejumo assured that the covid-19 pandemic has not really affected their way of worshiping because ‘a true Muslim will obey government’s directives and pray at home as Allah also has directed in the holy Quran’. Adding that the only limiting factor is that Muslims can not gather to pray during the Eid celebration which he said will not affect their sacrifice to God.
One of the beneficiaries in Idanyin, Mr. Azeem Ebelamu Adeniyi who spoke with our correspondent said, ‘late Alhaji Agemo was a good man who was instrumental to how Idanyin community got a central Jumat Mosque’.
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He thanked Temitayo Agemo for her good spirit in starting a foundation on behalf of her late father. Assuring that it is the best way to immortalize ‘legends’.
Apart from Igbesa and Ado-Odo, the foundation also gave cash gift to Ejila Awori, Erinla Awori, Orile Igboko, Agbara and few other communities in the local government area.