The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has called on Nigerians especially Yoruba descendants to show genuine concern for humanity by assisting the poor and other vulnerable members of the society. Ooni Ogunwusi made the call on Monday while receiving a joint delegation of Jack-Rich Special Support Initiative, Belema Oil J.V & BELEMA Aid & Foundation led by the wife of founder of the groups, Mrs. Elizabeth Jack Rich on a courtesy visit to the ancient palace.
Ooni, the Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) lauded the Jack Rich family for helping countless individuals through their Jack-Rich Special Support Initiative, BELEMAOIL as well as BELEMA Aid & Foundation, describing Mr Tein TS Jack Rich as a down to earth detribalized Nigerian philanthropist.
In a statement during the reception, the Ooni stated; “I am so happy to have you and your team here. We all must be concerned about the wellbeing of our neighbours, let us emulate the kind gesture of the lovely Jack Rich’s family whose investment in human development and capacity building are so incredibly massive. They have executed several projects towards making the world a better place for all and they are still working on many others. They appreciate nature, they value culture and I am so happy to host the wife who is a daughter of Oduduwa from Ondo state.”
Some of the social performance & National development projects executed by Belema Oil JV in collaboration with the Jack-Rich special support initiative and Belema Aid Foundation are; the provision of potable water for rural communities in Katsina, Borno, Bauchi, Sokoto and Gombe states.In infrastructural development, the Jack-Rich initiative renovated and even constructed roads with drainage system in Bauchi and Rivers states as well as the construction of several flats for students, Nigerians Army and Hospitals among others.
In human development and capacity building, this unique Nigerians award scholarship annually for undergraduates and graduates across all field of study, engages in the training and retraining of interested persons to acquire entrepreneurial skills. 384 students across Rivers State benefited from BELEMAOIL JV Scholarship in 2018, while a total of 1,100 women were trained in diverse vocational areas in the same year.
Source: The Palace of the Ooni of Ife
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