The Humanity First Nigeria, an international humanitarian Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) with support from its counterpart from Canada has inaugurated three projects in Oyo state, Southwest, Nigeria.
The projects are a Clinic, Borehole and Schools located in Okooko and Igbo Oruwo at Oke Ogun areas of Oyo State of Nigeria.
According to the General Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria (AMJN), Mr Abass Iromini,” it was yet another success story for the Humanity First world-wide in general and Humanity First Nigeria in particular when four different projects were commissioned within two days at remote locations of Oyo State in Nigeria.
The projects were the Humanity First Clinic and borehole located at Okooko and Humanity First Nursery and Primary school sited at Igbo Oruwo.
Barrister Ashmowi Raji gave a narration of how Ahmadiyya was established in a nearby town called Igbo Oruwo and how he was posted there in 1994. The International Association of Ahmadi Architects and Engineers, IAAAE, had sited solar power energy at Okooko as there was no light or power there for decades of existence.
The Clinic has a pharmacy, a ward, labor/ delivery room, an injection room, a consulting room among other facilities measures about 30 x 50 in dimension. It was a joyous day for the people of the remote village because the clinic was the first of its type. The nearest Clinic would be about twenty kilometers away.
The borehole was the major attraction to the community. They have no access to clean water except the stream which passes through the village. The stream is always dirty because of multiple uses. When the borehole was sunk and they fetched water free of charge, the elation and joy displayed was unimaginable.
In his opening remark, the Amir Sahib (National President) AMJN, Dr Mashu’ud Fashola, thanked Almighty Allah for assisting Humanity First to site the clinic and the borehole at such a remote place and said the international humanitarian group, exhibits the ‘Rahmaniya’ attribute of Allah.
Commenting at the inauguration, the chairman Oyo State Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Special Guest at the event, Alhaji Dapo Yusuf, thanked Humanity First for coming to site such two humanitarian projects in a place so forgotten like Okooko and urged the people of the village to make good use of the facility.
Yusuf expressed his joy of the project further when he thanked Humanity first for coming to such a remote place which was a sign that Allah did not forget the people of the village. And prayed for Allah’s assistance for the sponsor of the project.
He remembered how he always watched spiritual head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih V, inauguration of laudable projects across the world. Also praised Huzur for preaching peace and unity among world leaders.
The Chairman, Humanity First Nigeria, Dr Yaqeen Habeeb called on the people of the village to support the staff of the clinic and to secure the project against vandalism.
He informed them that whatever would be charged for service and for drugs would be so minimal and affordable by the peasant farmers who dominate the village.
The Chief Imam of Ijio, a nearby town, Ustaz Nurudeen Shittu commended the NGO and said what has been done was the real jihad that would touch the people’s lives positively. He urged all the Muslims to support the projects.
A volunteer medical doctor, Dr Nurudeen Akindele would be in charge of the clinic for a few weeks until competent hands would be employed to take charge of the Clinic.
Shortly after the inauguration of the clinic, Amir and his entourage the two classroom block of the humanity first Nursery and primary school were officially opened. 43 pupils sang rhymes and thanked Allah and Ahmadiyya for the project. The Humanity First Nigeria gave the pupils uniforms and exercise books free. The king of the town appreciated the donation and urged the villagers to send their wards to take advantage of the facility.
Similarly, the Humanity First inaugurated another three classroom blocks at Iye Osa also in Oyo State. It was about six hours drive from the Nursery and primary school Igbo Oruwo. Pupils were also given uniform and exercise books by the humanitarian Non-governmental organisation.
The Education Secretary, who represented the Local Government Chairman, said the project would free the children from future slavery.
The four plots of land on which the school was built was donated by Alhaji Rasheed Oladepo.
Over 50 dignitaries witnessed the inauguration including, vice Chairman, Humanity First Nigeria, Barrister Alatoye Abdul Azeez; the king of the town, Alhaji Saubana Raji; and Sadr (Head) Majlis Ansarullah (Elders Forum) Nigeria, Alhaji Abdul Waheed Adeoye.
Also in attendance was the Head Women group, (Sadr Lajna Imaillah), Sister Thawfeeqah Aderoju Fagbolade; Maulana Zikrullah Ayyuba, among other dignitaries.