The Saliu Mustapha Foundation, has reiterated more commitment in it’s service to humanity as 600 Kwara people got empowered today, as it celebrate it’s 10th year Anniversary.
The Event which was held at Banquet Hall, Ilorin, Kwara state featured presentation of cheque to the beneficiaries.
The foundation , a non governmental organization founded in the year 2012 by the Turaki of Ilorin was created with the sole aim of empowering the less privileged.
The Executive Governor of Kwara state, Mall Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in his brief remark commended Saliu Mustapha’s efforts in lifting people and alleviating poverty in the state, charged the beneficiaries to make good use of the money given to them.
On his part, Saliu Mustapha, The Founder of the Foundation, explained that the desire is to create a society and community where everyone, no matter the circumstances of their birth, feel sufficiently empowered enough to cater for their daily needs and those of their families or dependants.
“While our foundation often advance financial assistance, especially to widows and the less privileged generally, we realised that at the long run what is required is to empower people in ways that they can take control of their lives and even affect the lives of those around them positively.
“This is the reason we have chosen to support those small businesses being run by youths and women, in the belief that with increased financial capacity, those businesses can grow more, increase their income and even proceed to enhance economic activities within our community.
“While our strategy and method may not have produced billionaires yet, we assure that over the years we have been able to sustain people in their businesses, boost their capacity to scale up their profits and sufficiently feed themselves and their families.
“We at the Saliu Mustapha Foundation are very proud of their achievements, because our ultimate aim is to help build a society where every single person with the talent, ability and readiness to work receive the necessary support to realise their fullest potentials,” Mustapha said.
The former national deputy chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) and Turaki of Ilorin, said he is excited with the multiplier effect which his interventions, especially in the area of SME support, would have or local businesses and economy.
He said the foundation would continue to support the people at the grassroots to live a decent life, while he aid small and medium businesses to grow and alleviate poverty.
Mall. Lawal Olohungbebe, Mall Lukman Isale-Koto and Sheik Faruq Sohibul Bayan in their seperate lectures lauded Saliu Mustapha for his benevolent gesture, Charged other politicians and individuals to reciprocate his gesture.
Meanwhile, Saliu Mustapha donated the Sum of N5million to the department of creative art, Kwara State University (KWASU), malete.
The event that lasted for 3 hours was well attended by top government functionaries, traditional rulers and people from of various works of life.