By Samuel Adegoke
Revered Ibadan-born business magnate and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, has donated the sum of N100 million to the federal and state government to support the fight against coronavirus.
Akindele’s spokesman, Oloye Lekan Alabi, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Monday.
The Oyo State Government had announced at the weekend that Akindele made the highest donation of N25 million to the state. But Chief Alabi revealed that Akindele also donated N50 million to the Federal Government and another N25 million to Lagos State Government, totalling N100 million.
Alabi said the business mogul made the donation on Saturday.
According to him, Akindele said his gesture was to boost government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus and bring relief to Nigerians who are getting starved of food and other essentials due to the lockdown.
Meanwhile, the senator representing Oyo Central district in the National Assembly, Teslim Folarin, has also embarked on distributing cash and items worth N5 million to his constituents to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
In a statement on Monday, Folarin said a committee headed by Biliaminu Oyedele and Akeem Olatunji will distribute the cash and items in the 11 local government areas in the district cutting across Ibadan, Oyo and Ogbomoso. He added that the gesture will also complement the efforts of the government on alleviating suffering of Nigerians during the restriction period.