O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation launches N50m endowment fund
The announcement was made by chairman of the occasion, former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.), represented by General Jones Arogbofa (rtd.) at a special ceremony, tagged: ‘A Legacy of Philanthropic Excellence,’ in honor of the Foundation’s grand benefactor, High Chief (Dr.) O.B. Lulu-Briggs on his first posthumous birthday.
He said, “High Chief Lulu-Briggs made caring for the elderly his top priority. As a result, the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation’s first Programme was its Care for the Elderly Programme.”
He noted that the study of Geriatrics has not received the attention it deserves in the country, despite a growing number of elderly in the society, noting that more than nine million Nigerians are aged 60 and above and according to the global age index this number will be over 20 million by 2030.
Provost of the College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University (RSU), Prof. Raphael Oruamgo, represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Blessing Didia, who received the gift on behalf of the University, said it was a revolution in geriatric care in Nigeria and would fund the establishment of a ward dedicated to geriatric care at their teaching hospital in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
In her welcome remarks, Chairman of the Foundation, Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs who spoke through her daughter, Mrs. Solate Ovunda-Akarolo said: “We are also using this to signal to our stakeholders the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation’s commitment to carry on his legacy of philanthropic excellence in perpetuity.”