From Taiwo Oulwadare Ibadan
Forty-one years after leaving school, alumni of Esie-Iludun Grammar School, Irepodun LG, Kwara State (Class of 1976), on Saturday, November 4, met for the second time. They converged at the house of one of their members, Alhaji Ibrahim Ajibowo Salawu on Ajibowo Salawu Street near LASU, Lagos State.
As part of activities to celebrate Christmas and New Year, wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, distributed gifts and cash to the mothers of two newborn baby girls delivered on Christmas day. Represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community Development Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Atinuke Osunkoya, gifts and cash were donated to the babies in Adeoyo Maternity Hospital and Jericho Maternity Hospital.
It was a thing of joy for Mrs. Oluwadamilola Adetimilehin, 27, who delivered a baby girl at Adeoyo Maternity Hospital: I did not come with anything to the hospital, not even any cash on me but miraculously after delivering my baby at 9am. I heard that representative of governor’s wife was coming to present my baby with gifts and cash which saved me the need of spending money.
“I was happy for the privilege and I give God the glory. I have been feeling the baby was coming since Friday but never knew I would have the delivery on Christmas day. I do watch it on television where people were presented with gifts but I didn’t know I could be a beneficiary one day”
The second mother, Mrs. Bolanle Ogidan, said her husband predicted right that the baby would be born on Christmas day and it came to pass. She therefore thanked God and the governor’s wife for the gifts and cash.
Head of Department, Maternity, Adeoyo Hospital, Elizabeth Olurombi, said the baby delivered in the hospital is a special one: “Few days ago, the maternity ward was full with babies but reverse is the case on Monday morning. Today, at 9 am we unexpectedly have delivery of this baby girl.”
Osunkoya appreciated the governor and his wife for deeming it fit to present the gifts to the babies: “This is the season of sharing and a reason we have come here today. I want to use this medium to encourage everyone to imbibe the spirit of sharing in this season. I pray for the newborn babies that it shall be well with them.”