•••as PAFMB Foundation supports over 200 Ilesha residents with free medical services
By Kazeem Oyeniyi, Ibadan
The Director General of Protocol to Governor Seyi Makinde, Otunba Samuel Adegboyega Badejo has charged the well meaning Nigerians to always show love to the less privileged and the vulnerable people living in their various communities.
Otunba Samuel Adegboyega Badejo made this assertion in Ilesha, Osun State over the weekend during the official unveiling of a PAFMB foundation established on behalf of his aged parents. The launch of the foundation is part of the line up activities marking the 90th birthday ceremony of Pa Paul Adetunji Badejo.
Samuel Adegboyega Badejo, the first born of Pa Paul Adetunji Badejo (JP), and Madam Felicia Monilola Badejo, alongside his siblings, Mrs Eunice Oluwayinka Odesanmi, Mrs Racheal Oluwaninyo Adedeji, Mrs Arithea Oluyemi Sholotan, Mr Gabriel Oluwaniyi Badejo, Mrs Daizy Olaooluwa Adeleye and Mr Joseph Oluwatoba Badejo expressed their genuine love for their aged parents with the launch of a non profit making organization known as “Paul Adetunji And Felicia Monilola Badejo (PAFMB) Foundation” with the sole aim of assisting the less privileged and the vulnerable people in the society.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the official launch of PAFMB Foundation, Otunba Samuel Badejo urged Nigerians to always be their brother’s keeper.
He said, “This foundation was established and inaugurated to take care of the aged people, as well as the vulnerable people in the society. “I’m also using this opportunity to encourage all the privileged or well meaning Nigerians to always reach out to the vulnerable people in our society, let us be our brother’s keeper’s, let’s be ready to share out of the little we have.”
“We have to ensure that nobody lives in pains or agony within us, let us cultivate the habit of sharing and managing the traumatic problems of our neighbors, friends and family, let’s see the responsibilities of those that have nothing in the society as ours, with this mindsets, Nigeria will be a better place for everyone of us.”Samuel Adegboyega Badejo said.
In her remarks, the Executive Coach and the founder of the Diamond In The Dust Foundation, a non governmental and non profit making organization based in United States of America, Mrs Oluyemi Sholotan-nee Badejo who spoke on the maiden edition of the free medical outreach of the newly launched PAFMB Foundation stressed that no fewer than 200 people comprising the middle aged men and women, widows, elderly people among others will benefit from the medical outreach free of charge.
She said, “today we are looking at taking care of at least 200 aged people, though we have more facilities such as equipments and medicines to take care of more than that but by the grace of God we are taking care of 200 people today and we are going to be conducting free screening for high blood pressure level, diabetes, and all what it entails to live a balance and quality life will be looking at today’s PAFMB Foundation medical outreach.”
“We are also giving out multi vitamins to our aged people so they can have a healthy lifestyle, apart from that we are also sharing refreshments for them, today we are also collecting data as well because it’s important that we do follow up with whoever that have serious medical challenges, our partnership with SIRE Healthcare Service has provided us the avenue for this our PAFMB Foundation to assist those with serious ailments, so those with one form of ailments or the other can continue treatment afterwards, we will surely reach out to them and connect them with qualified doctors for further treatment because of the partnership that we have with our supporting agencies a lot of the cost for this medical outreach has been subsidized, Mr Oye Oyediran is here from Divine Benevolence Medical & Mission all the way from United States of America, and we also have here with us leading the SIRE Healthcare Service, Doctor Folaranmi Olapade, so we are ready to assist our people with their various health challenges.”
“We have partnership with the Divine Benevolence Medical and Mission in the United States, they shipped all the medicines that we needed for this outreach few weeks ago, SIRE Healthcare Services is also one of our partners and they provided all the medical team needed for this outreach today, this team came from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife, my foundation which is the Diamond In The Dust Foundation is the link that facilitated needed for this outreach, all hands were on deck just to ensure we have a foundation for our parents, myself and my other siblings worked tirelessly to ensure we achieve this feat, it is a way of showing love for our parents for they have invested so much in us, by the grace of God this is going to be a annual event.” She said.
While speaking on the cost of the outreach, Mrs Yemi said, “from our calculations when we are about to commence this we were looking at about $25,000 but by the grace of God all these costs have been subsidized and this service is free of charge to all the beneficiaries, nobody is payment anything for this medical services, the Paul Adetunji and Felicia Badejo Foundation in collaboration with our partners has taken care of all the expenses of this medical outreach.”
Mr Olatunbosun Sholotan, the Director of the Diamond In The Dust Foundation, said the foundation is a non profit organization set up to serve humanity.
Pa Adetunji Paul Badejo is my father-in-Law and I can equally say he’s my father, we set up this PAFMB Foundation because of what Pa Paul Adetunji Badejo has been able to impacted in all of us. We decided to have this foundation on behalf of him and his wife to benefit members of this community, Baba used to be a teacher during his active days and he’s always been a teacher even in his old age at 90 years because as we speak he still teaches many people, his life is to impart everybody and that’s what we’re trying to do, this is going be an annual event.
In his sermon during the thanksgiving service held at the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Oke-Ooye Central Assembly, Oke-Ooye District Ilesha, Pastor Joshua Kayode Ibidapo noted that birthday celebration is a way of appreciating God’s purposes in our lives.
He said, “There is nothing bad in celebrating our birthday, it’s a day to appreciate God’s purposes in our life, Baba is upright and straight forward person, he stand firmly in the house of God, and a scripture said I will reward him with long life and prosperity, and that’s exactly what God has done for our dear Baba Badejo, he has made today a possible day for the celebrant.”
“Baba Badejo and his wife have set their foots on the right path of the Lord, Baba has set the right path for all his children and I urge you all to stand firm in the Apostolic Church family.” The clergyman said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Pastor Familusi Enoch and Mrs Deborah Olusola Oluwafemi commended the PAFMB Foundation and the entire family of Pa Paul Badejo for their kind gesture to the people of their community.
“These people can keep their monies and connections to themselves and members of their families alone but extending this opportunity to us means a lot for us in this community, we really appreciate and thank God for their lives.” Pastor Enoch said.
The event was graced by notable dignitaries including traditional rulers, Clerk of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Osun State Chief Judge, friends and family of the Badejo’s within Nigeria and in diaspora.