The efforts of the Gbenga Opadotun-led Oyo State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to realise affordable housing for members, at the weekend received a boost, when serving senator, Olufemi Lanlehin; member of the House of Representatives, Abiodun Awoleye Dada; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mrs Monsurat Sunmonu; a gubernatorial aspirant under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Seyi Makinde and others threw their weight behind the project.
The aforementioned office holders including a frontline philantropist in the state, Chief Salimon Akanni Oladiti, who were all decorated at a Gala/Award Nite, organised by the NUJ for their selfless service to humanity and support for the union, made donations and pledges to make the multi-million naira project initiated by the leadership of the union a success.
In his remarks at the occasion, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Senator Lanlehin, who the Oyo NUJ named Senator-of-the-Year (2013), said, “recognition like this is a wake-up call on political office holders, as well as leaders in position of authority to prioritise the welfare of the people regardless of the challenges. I’m elated that the current executive committee of Oyo NUJ is not found wanting in this regard.
“It is a thing of joy to know that there is a beautiful plan to establish Pen Estate, which I understand would take care of the housing needs of all members of the fourth estate of the realm in this state,” he said.