Otedola Gifts N1bn Donation To Lagos Security Trust Fund
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, received a donation ofnaira from renowned philanthropist and entrepreneur, Femi to support security architecture through the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).
Governor Sanwo-Olu received the donation from Otedola in the company of the Chairman, LSSTF, Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti; Executive Secretary/CEO of LSSTF, Abdurrazak Balogun and other state officials and LSSTF Board of Directors, during a symbolic event at the Lagos House, Marina.
Femi Otedola, the Chairman of Geregu Power PLC and son ofRepublic Governor of Lagos State, the late Sir Michael was represented at the event by his daughter, Olawunmi Otedola.
Speaking at the event, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the N1 billion donation, which was the largest individual donation into the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, would go a long way in creating a more peaceful atmosphere and conducive business environment for economic benefits for investors and residents.
Governor Sanwo-Olu while commending Otedola for the donation which he noted will boost the morale of security personnel and provide more security equipment and vehicles, urged other well-meaning Lagosians to borrow a leaf from the renowned philanthropist and be intentional in joining the government to make Lagos a safer place for businesses to flourish as the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.
He said: “On behalf of the Fund, the board chairman, Mr Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti; Executive Secretary/CEO, Dr. Abdurrazak Balogun and other board members, we express ourappreciation to Mr Femi Otedola. I want other Nigerians to emulate him and exceed his donation. The N1 billion he donated is not the limit. There are no limits. Let others come and do more.
“Wewell-meaning Lagosians and large corporate businesses to support the Lagos State Security Trust Fund. The Fund is open to other donors and it is a call and challenge Mr. Otedola has set the pace for us to continue to do the right thing. We as a government have also committed to supporting the Fund with 300 vehicles in the first quarter of this are working to that.
“We want to be very intentional about this that we will not spare anything to ensure that we can continue to keep Lagosencourage the men that do the job and continue to make Lagos the economic nerve centre of our country.
“We thank your dad (Femi Otedola) and send our best wishes to him. Where this has comemore will come and his businesses will flourish. He should also encourage his friends to emulate him by donating to the Fund.”
Speaking on behalf of her father, Olawunmi Otedola, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos State Security Trust Fund for theirwork in keeping Lagos State advised the Fund to continue its culture of transparency and judicious use of resources.
Otedola acknowledged and saluted the contributions of security personnel, especially during the festiveadequate protection of lives and property. She also encouraged residents to cooperate with the government for a more secure Lagos.
She said: “My father has taken an interest in this Fund since its inception and hasto it. Over the years the Fund has continued to live up to its mandate and remained very relevant the security architecture of Lagos State. This is why my father has decided to commit another donation of N1 billion to the to ensure the continuity of the critical work being done by the Fund making him the highest individual donor to the Fund.
“Lagos State is one of the few states in Nigeria where people move around freely withoutabout security, even in the dead of night. In fact, there was no notable security breach during the last Christmas and New Year celebrations with all the shows and that accompanied them. While thanking the gallant men and women of the security services for their good work, we should recognise the role of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund in enabling them.
“My father believes that when well-meaning Lagos residents contribute to this type of effort, Lagos will be safer, and we all will be more prosperous. He, therefore, encourages all residents of Lagos,Lagos and high net worth individuals, to take a moment to reflect on the significance of donating to the then make that decision to contribute also regardless of size, as every donation has the power to create ripples of change.”