Oyo floats endowment fund for Yekini’s children
By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
Tuesday, May 08 , 2012
The Oyo State government has set up an endowment fund for children of the late Nigerian ex-international, Rashidi Yekini. This was made known yesterday after the state executive council meeting by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon Dapo Lam-Adesina.
According to him, the endowment fund, which will be strictly for the children of the late football star, would be managed in conjunction with the family of the deceased.
The government, which said it was mobilizing all segments of the society, beginning with members of the state executive council, well-meaning individuals, cooperate organisations and other state governments to donate to the fund, promised that it would ensure that the children left behind by the fallen football hero do not suffer in the absence of their father.
Lam-Adesina, who said that the state government had started the endowment fund with N5 million, added that this had become necessary because the late football star once played for the Oluyole Warriors (the Shooting Stars) and was domiciled in the state capital for a number of years.
“This is in line with the philosophy of the Ajimobi administration to ensure that the labour of our heroes past is not in vain. The government will not relent in offering assistance to people who have served the state meritoriously in one capacity or the other whenever the need arises,” the commissioner said.
It would be recalled that the state government, which was represented at the funeral of the late football star in Irra, Kwara State, by the state commissioner for youth and sports, had earlier donated the sum of N1million to the family of the late Yekini.
Only a few months ago, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, had risen to support another Shooting Stars’ ex-player, Samuel Ojebode, who was lying critically ill at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.