FG GIFTS HOUSE TO FAMILY OF ESCORT RIDER ATTACHED TO OSINBAJO, DONATES CLASSROOM BLOCKS TO HIS COMMUNITY
The Federal Government has gifted a 3-bedroom bungalow and fully stocked store to the family of late Ali Gomina, a police escort rider attached to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was killed in a road accident while on official duty on Friday, March 13,2020.
It also donated four blocks of 24 classrooms to the community of the deceased, which comprised of 16 VIP toilets, four units of 2 bedroom flats as staff quarters.
This is coming barely six months after Gomina, 45, was killed in a motorbike accident while leading the Vice President’s motorcade en route the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President had explained how the accident that took the police officer’s life occurred.
According to him, Gomina died after a runaway Camry ran into him, knocking him off his bike and throwing him down against a moving tanker way ahead of the convoy on the expressway to the airport in Abuja.
In a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the President on Communication Projects, Office of the VP, Arukaino Umukoro, the project executed by the Presidency, through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs), will cater for their educational needs, especially the secondary school the community had long yearned for.
The District Head had, on March 14, 2020, informed the authorities of the State on the condition of infrastructure in the community’s only school when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo paid the community a condolence visit after the death of the police escort attached to his office.
Speaking to newsmen on Saturday after a tour of the newly completed blocks of classrooms, the community leader commended and the Vice President for prompt response and completion of the project.
Yusuf said: “I really appreciate our Vice President who has bailed this community out of the poverty of education.
“This community is 6 kilometres away from the only secondary school in this area, located at Sauka, along the main expressway, and the road is really bad. During the raining season, our children find it difficult to go to school at Sauka because of the bad road.
“So, when we lost our son, Ali Gomina, and the Vice President came to condole with us, I raised the issue of a secondary school for our community, and a day after I made that request, the project was approved. Work started on the project barely six months ago and it has been completed already.
“What is left now is for the Ministry of Education to come and supervise the operation of this school. With the number of classrooms in this school, we hope to have both junior and senior secondary classes in this school.”
“Once again, on behalf of Gui community, I sincerely thank the Vice President for what he has done. We pray that God will continue to protect him both in and out of office,” Yusuf added.
Also, the family of late Gomina was presented with a 3-bedroom bungalow and a store.
“The presentation of the building was in fulfilment of an idea conceived when the Vice President paid a condolence visit to the deceased family and Gui community in March 2020”, the statement read.
The Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President), Mr Ade Ipaye, presented the new house to the family of the deceased police officer.
According to Ipaye, “it is a welcome outcome for the family and the community.
“They suffered a great loss when one of their rising stars, their son, was unfortunately killed in a motorbike accident earlier in the year. He left behind a large family. His Excellency, the Vice President was here to commiserate with them and during that occasion, the issue of a building for the family was mooted and His Excellency kept that in mind and ensured that it has become a reality.
“I see that the District Head, the family and community are happy with this. Not only does the family have a bungalow, but they also have a shop where they can do some trading activities and be able to sustain themselves. We thank God that this has come to pass.”
A representative of the OSSAP-SDGs, in the Presidency, Danjuma Dauda, in his remakes said the project was executed in line with the Goal 1 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is targeted at eradicating poverty and improving the quality of education.
Joy knew no bound for the late officer’s son, Husseini, as he said the house donated by the Vice President’s brought back joy into his family.
According to him, “on behalf of our family, I want to sincerely thank the Vice President for what he has done for our family since we lost our father. Joy has overtaken my grief and sorrow. We are very happy for this new house and for the many other things done for our family by the Vice President. May God continue to bless him.”