Mrs. Fayemi tasks churches on endowment fund for aged
From Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
The First Lady of Ekiti State Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has tasked churches across the country to establish special endownment fund to take care of the old and abandoned aged people.
Mrs. Fayemi gave the admonition on Thursday at Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ikere-Ekiti during the burial ceremony of her adopted mother, Mrs Rachael Jolaade Osho.
The late Mrs. Osho who was adopted by the First Lady, as a mother in 2018, having been abandoned by her family and made to suffer, died at the age of 110 years.
Addressing the congregation, Mrs Fayemi said, “I want churches, particularly this church where Mama attended to initiate an endowment fund to take care of the poor.
“As a church, look for these people and give them what you have to take care of the abandoned old people. They are many across the state.
“When I met Mama Osho, I later found out that many of the old people were abandoned as a result of being childless or being neglected by their children for lack of means.
“Try and get across to them, give them care and pray for them,” she advised.
The governor’s office promised that the government of her husband, Dr Kayode Fayemi, would be ready to contribute any amount to support such initiative, saying, “this will help the poverty alleviation programme of the government”,
In his sermon, a cleric , Rev. M.A.O Owabunmoye, urged Nigerian leaders to emulate Mrs. Fayemi’s fraternity with the poor and quest to fight poverty, by initiating programmes that would tackle poverty.
Commenting on the life of Mrs Osho, the cleric said, “she lived a life worthy of emulation. We learnt a lot of good things from her. She was devoted to church”.
Taking his text from Psalm 71 verse 9, the cleric urged the people to always rely on God as problem solver, and noton human beings.
“Only God can save you while in distress or old age. Begin to do good, because we will all return home one day.
“Don’t be wicked. Learn how to be good and serve them,” he said.