The Engr. Raufu Aderemi Olaniyan Foundation’s Free Eye care programme, in conjunction with the Atupa Eye Clinic, Catholic Hospital, Iseyin commenced in Ibadan on Monday.
The programme,which is expected to last for four days, will cater for patients with various sight challenges, including surgery intervention where applicable.
Speaking at the event Reverend Sister Cecilia Olusanya from Atupa Eye Clinic Iseyin, who heads the team of Opticians on ground described Engr. Raufu Olaniyan as someone with a big heart, who does not discriminate. She stressed that the former Permanent Secretary in the Oyo State civil service has on several occasions provided free eye surgeries to several people without considerations to their religious faith or tribal background for years.
She remarked that “we have seen several people here today who ordinarily would not have been able to afford a visit to an eye clinic because of their financial state”.
Corroborating Rev. Sister Olusanya’s assertions, Prince Ademiju from Ibadan North East Local Government area and one of the beneficiaries of the programme, noted that most people present like himself, could not afford to visit eye clinics because of the gruelling economic situation, but through the Raufu Olaniyan Foundation, they are getting for free what would have cost them a lot of money.
The chairman of the organizing committee of the event, Alhaji Lateef Salami Komi, also remarked that Engr. Olaniyan is a man who does not like to see people suffer or go through hardship of any sort, he opined that the committee has been mandated to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from this free eye care program across the length and breath of Oyo state. He also told journalist present that a few people are already slated for surgery in the coming weeks, and is only day one of the programme. He noted further that drugs and sight corrective lenses worth millions of naira have been provided to be distributed free to participants in the four day event in Ibadan, while the programme will continue next week in Iseyin. Thereafter it will be the turn of Ogbomoso, Oyo, Ibarapa, and Orelope local government areas of Oyo State.
Speaking at the event Engr. Olaniyan noted that the eyes are very important to the body, as anything affecting the eyes will shut down the body completely and affect productivity.
He also pointed out that the programme is not only to ensure that opportunity is provided to all and sundry to take care of their eyes, but to also increase their productivity in the society.
He said further that the foundation will continue to offer humanitarian services to the people, and will not relent in putting smiles on their faces.
Several of the beneficiaries who consisted of mostly Senior citizens thanked Engr. Olaniyan and prayed that God will cause his aspirations to come to pass and provide his divine protection for him and his family. The programme is expected to cover the eleven local government areas in Ibadan .
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