Gboyega Akinsanmi
Five victims of boat mishap that occurred in Epe Local Government on the day the 2015 presidential election held have been immortalised with the establishment of AMBSAM Memorial Foundation designed to manufacture life jackets in the state.

 The Coordinator of the Foundation, Mr. Tunji Abass, disclosed this at a news conference he addressed on Thursday at the state secretariat, Alausa where he reeled out the activities lined up for the formal launch of the foundation.

 The victims comprised Prince Olakunle Adewale, Mr. Muiz Bello, Mr. Wale Mogaji, Mr. Agoro Samson, Mr. Mogaji Gbolahan and Mr. Tunde Salawu, all of who died in the boat mishap on March 28, 2015.

The victims had met their tragic death while on an assignment to monitor the 2015 Presidential and National Assembly election exercise conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

But at the news conference, the coordinator explained that the primary aim of the foundation “is to immortalize the victims and to cater for the upkeeps of their immediate dependants.”

He added that the foundation, which was named after the last names of the victims, would establish manufacturing plant, which would produce only quality and efficient life jackets when operational.

 He said the foundation “will be used as a spring board to alleviate the sufferings of those other less privileged and vulnerable youths in Epe division and beyond. A committee has been set up to collate the statistics and present it to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

“To drive the initiative, an operational framework has been set on motion already. The foundation has set up a fund mobilisation committee, saddled with the responsibility of mobilising the required funding from public spirited individuals,” the coordinator explained.

On the funding, the coordinator explained that the foundation “shall be run on financial donation and grants from government at all levels, philanthropists, public spirited individuals, non-governmental organisations.

“The success story is that in the last few months, the response had been very encouraging and the startup was made possible because of financial support received from members.”

“Beyond the launching of the foundation, AMBSAM has mapped out strategies and programmes to sustain the long term goals of the foundation. The programmes such as social awareness, learning and education as well as economic empowerment would be pursued vigorously.

“There is a plan to have a memorial park with a state of the art swimming pool accessible to members of the community whereby they can learn how to swim. This memorial park will be in the name of the fallen heroes.”