By Eric Elezuo Photos: Segun Lawal
Joy unlimited pervaded the atmosphere in the sleepy town of Odogbolu, Ogun State as Esther Ajayi Foundation, founded by the great woman of prayer and General Overseer, Love of Christ Generation (C&S) Church, Clapham, London, Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi, commissioned three blocks of 12 classrooms it renovated, borehole, generator, fully equipped computer studies laboratory, complete desk and chairs for the children and fence at the Local Government Model Primary School, Odogbolu, Ogun State.
The donation of the various facilities is part of efforts of the giving woman to reach out to as many people as possible who are in one need or another.
At the event, where the woman of prayer was highly celebrated, Head of the school, Mr. Akinsanya Amos Olugbenga, who expressed excess happiness that the project was done in his time, heaped encomiums on Reverend Mother Ajayi, saying that the entire school and Odogbolu community is proud to have her as a mother.
“We can’t thank you enough for this great honour bestowed on us. Now, our school can proudly compete with others in terms of aesthetics and facilities,” he said.
The Head Teacher went ahead to name one of the Houses in the school after Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi. He also praised the zeal and commitment of Mr. Abiodun Paseda, who brought the state of the school to the attention of Esther Ajayi, as well as supervised the project from beginning to end.
In her response, Reverend Esther Ajayi, who was supported by her husband, Dr. Ademuyiwa Ajayi, thanked the people of the community for giving her the opportunity to serve them.
Speaking in both Yoruba and English languages, Reverend Mother Ajayi admonished the guests to take up the act of giving as a way life and continually be their brothers’ keeper. She also paid glowing tributes to Abiodun Paseda of the Focus on Disability Foundation, saying he is a ‘blessed man’.
“Giving is priceless, and does not cost a thing. You can start the act of giving from where you are, and the level of wealth you have. No one need to start big, just start from where you are,” she said.
In all, the Reverend Mother’s Esther Ajayi Foundation renovated three blocks of 12 classrooms, with 16 modern toilets, fenced the school roundabout, provided a borehole and generator, school furniture for pupils and teachers, five brand new computers with accompanying furniture as well as ceiling fans.
Among dignitaries that turned out for the humanitarian event were the Odogbolu Local Government Chairman represented by Hon. Azeez Adenuga; the Oba of Odogboluland, Chief Soni Abdulateef; Ogun State Commissioner for Education, who was represented by Hon Ogunshola, the Ogun State Education Secretary, who also represented SUBEB, Mr.Bola Olusoga among others.
The occasion was also used by beneficiaries of the largesse of the Esther Ajayi Foundation to express their heartfelt appreciation just as more indigent persons were also attended to, and their medical bills settled.
Recall that Reverend Esther Ajayi had promised to reach out to one million lives in 2018, and as at the last count, the number seems to have been exceeded.