Femi Otedola, billionaire entrepreneur, has donated N5 billion to Save the Children, the 100-year United Kingdom-based charity, to support its intervention in the north-east.
This is arguably the largest individual donation to charity in Nigeria’s history.
“My father, Mr. Femi Otedola, has been at the forefront of supporting worthy causes,” she said.
“It is in this spirit that he will be donating the sum of N5 billion to the children of Borno, Adamawa and Katsina through the Save the Children.”
The event was organised by the Cuppy Foundation to raise funds for Save the Children, which is the biggest children-focused organisation in the world after UNICEF.
Cuppy Foundation is the non-profit organisation founded by his daughter, Florence Otedola (aka DJ Cuppy).
DJ Cuppy is a board ambassador for Save the Children and a member of the organisation’s Africa advisory board.
Responding to Otedola’s donation, Kevin Watkins, chief executive officer of the charity, pledged that every penny out of it would be spent improving the lives of the children affected by insurgency in the north-east.
Earlier, Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, announced a donation of N100 million.
Dangote said many people find it difficult to give without knowing that “the more you give, the more blessed you become”.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Bukola Saraki, former senate president; Babagana Kingibe, former secretary to the government of the federation; and Bola Shagaya, billionaire businesswoman, were among those at the event.
The governors present were Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Babagana Zulum (Borno), and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).
Otedola, a well-regarded philanthropist, has in the past donated to good causes.
In 2005, he instituted a N200 million scholarship for Lagos state undergraduates, same year he donated N300 million for the completion of the National Ecumenical Centre in Abuja.
He, at various times, donated N100 million to the Lagos State College of Primary Education, N100 million to the Central Mosque, Ilorin (Kwara State), and N100 million to the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
He has committed to building and donating a faculty of engineering valued at N2 billion to the Augustine University in his hometown, Epe, Lagos state.
Recently, he made life-saving interventions by footing the medical bills of Christian Chukwu, former captain and coach of Super Eagles; Peter Fregene, former international goalkeeper; Majek Fashek, celebrated Reggae artiste; as well as Sadiq Daba and Victor Olaotan, veteran actors.
IPPIS: ASUU Threatens Nationwide Strike Over Withheld January Salaries
The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened the association will embark on a Nationwide strike if the Federal government does not rescind its decision to withhold the January salaries of lecturers yet to enroll in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, in a letter dated Tuesday, January 21st and signed by the Director of IPPIS, Olufehinti Olusegun, directed the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning not to release funds for the payment of January salaries of academic staff of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education yet to enroll on the IPPIS platform.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who faulted the government for taking such decision while still in talks with the union, said if such decision is not reviewed, lecturers in the university system would be left with no other choice than to down tools. According to him, the union and the Federal government are still in talks over the IPPIS policy and withholding salaries when dialogue is still being held is inappropriate.
“We didn’t take part in that decision. What we were expecting them to do was to allow the ongoing discussion to run its full course. Now that we are reading about this in the media, it’s as if some elements in government are trying to sabotage the process. We came out of the meeting with Mr. President believing that they will give us room to explain how the UTAS will better address our peculiarities and autonomy than IPPIS. However, they have not allowed that to happen. We suspect it’s due to the activities of some individuals or groups that are trying to sabotage the process.
“If they push us to the point of taking our final decision about it, we too will tell them ‘no pay, no work’ because we have a resolution that is on ground already. The resolution we took long time ago, which we reactivated at our meeting in Minna last month. So, whichever way they want to go, ASUU will rise to the challenge.” he said in a chat with The New Telegraph
On whether the union would issue an ultimatum to government to reverse its decision, Ogunyemi said: “I have worked for one month somebody is saying you are not paying me for that month, do I need to give you ultimatum to tell you that I can no longer work until you pay me?”
BREAKING: EFCC Arraigns Shehu Sani
A former senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani was on Monday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Sani was arraigned by the EFCC on Monday at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The former lawmaker was arraigned on two counts of bribery and advance fee fraud.
More to follow…
Wife Of Boko Haram/ISWAP Leader, Zainab Usman Arrested
The Nigerian army has confirmed the arrest of Zainab Usman, said to be the wife of a Boko Haram/ISWAP leader and a female recruiter for the insurgents.
In a statement released by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Col. Aminu Iliyasu on Sunday January 26, it was gathered that Zainab was arrested at Modu Sulemri area of Abujan Talakawa Ward of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
Zainab who is the wife Alai Usman, a high profile ISWAP Province logistics supplier is believed to be in contact with other high profile Boko Haram/ISWAP commanders and also recruiting young fighters for the insurgents.
One Mallam Ahmed Yakuba, a high profile Islamic State West Africa Province informant at Auno Village was also arrested by troops of 212 Battalion deployed in Auno, Kaga LGA of Borno State in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force.
Yakuba who was born in Niger Republic, grew up in Sudan and has been living in Nigeria for 15 years before his arrest. He has already confessed to being a Boko Haram spy.
The statement added: “Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was born in Niger Republic, grew up in Sudan and has been in Nigeria for the past 15 years.
“However, during interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a spy for ISWAP criminals on a mission to spy on troops’ location in Auno and other locations along the Maiduguri – Damaturu road”.