Last Wednesday was unusual at the Federal High Court Ikoyi, as a crippled administrative officer of the court got an unusual gift of a car and N250, 000 cash from a ‘Good Samaritan’, writes Maduabuchi Ubani
For Mrs Mercy Omogbayi, 44, last Wednesday started just like any other day until her status and story changed in the afternoon of that fateful day. She had joined her colleagues to ride to work in the staff bus of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, but by the close of work that day she had become a car owner from a benevolent act of a man who was visiting the court on personal issues.
Before that day Omogbayi has had to either go to work riding a commercial motorcycle or bus to get to the bus-stop where she would join other staff member waiting for staff-bus, but last Wednesday fate smiled on her when she became the recipient of an automated wheel-chair, a Mitsubishi car and the sum of N250, 000.
The Omoilu Foundation, a charity founded by the Ogun State born Industrialist and politician, Prince Buruji Kashamu endowed Omogbayi with the car , automated wheel chair and cash gifts.
“This gesture was borne out of the vision of the Omoilu Foundation to help the needy and empower people in the society, irrespective of ethnic or political leanings. We saw the condition of the beneficiary and thought we should help. She’s a civil servant with impeccable record of service from the information we gathered, but her condition as a cripple without a car and automated wheel-chair can make that job difficult,” explained Kashamu represented by his Media Adviser, Austin Oniyokor who presented the car and cash gifts to Omogbayi.
With tears of joy, Omogbayi, thanked Kashamu for the gesture saying: “I am short of words because I was not expecting a car and money. During our encounter, he asked what he could do to aid my mobility and I told him that I needed a wheel chair and it was a big surprise that he added a car and money to the list.
I have been a paraplegic since birth and I struggle everyday to commute to work. I came to work this morning as usual not knowing that a bountiful package was waiting for me. I pray that God will continue to bless him and his children will never lack in their life.”
Established in 2009, the Omoilu Foundation has empowered people from all walks of life with over 600 units of vehicles and 1,000 motorcycles, just as it has helped to set up various trades by giving soft grants, buying grinding and sewing machines, among other equipment, for beneficiaries. A good number of indigent youths are on the foundation’s scholarship in various private and public institutions across the country and beyond.