A Nigerian House of Assembly member in Osun State, Rasheed Olalekan Afolabi, recently provided means of self-mobility for physically impaired residents of the State. He distributed over two hundred wheelchairs to the beneficiaries.
In his remarks during the distribution, Rasheed lamented about the challenging life of physically impaired people in Africa, most especially in Nigeria.
‘Since I was young, I have always been feeling pained and practically uncomfortable seeing my fellow humans in the public struggling to move from place to place with neither hands nor legs, or perhaps even without both…,’ said Rasheed.
‘And I feel fulfilled today to extend the blessing of the Almighty God upon me to the less privileged ones in this country,’ he added.
Rasheed’s philanthropic activities in Nigeria also cover the empowerment and education of youths, widows and the downtrodden. In the last couple of years, he has provided employment opportunities, most especially for over 100 youths in his constituency—Ifelodun.
‘Honourable Olalekan wiped away tears from my entire family’s face. He took me out of poverty after I lost my husband to some hoodlum’s gunshots in 2015. Today I am the sole owner of Ultra Modern Salon Centre in Ikirun,’ said Mrs. Saheed Adebiyi.
The legislator also facilitated a complete rehabilitation, grading and tarring of numerous roads in his constituency.
‘Honourable Olalekan is like an angel for not only the youths in his constituency, but also for the entire residents of the state of Osun. He is kind, humble, considerate and open in his dealings with people – regarless of their social status,' said one of the beneficiaries of Honourable Olalekan Annual Scholarship Package for University Students.
Hon. Rasheed Olalekan Afolabi was born on 29th July, 1961 to Late Salawu Adio Afolabi of Aromokola Compound and Mrs Wosilat Abike of Aresa Compound all in Ikirun, Osun State. He studied Accountancy from University of Maiduguri in 1987. He served his father's land in NNPC Refinery, Warri in 1988. He later sat for Nigeria Stock Exchange qualifying examination after NYSC and passed at a sitting and thus qualified as Chartered Stockbroker in September, 1989. The following year, he also passed the final examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and qualified as Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Fellow of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (FCS) and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (FCIM).