Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, CON, expressed his heartfelt appreciation on Monday, particularly recognizing the initiator and founder of the Hayat Foundation, Barrister Amina Oyiza Bello, for her exceptional dedication in spearheading the reconstruction of a fully equipped clinic and school for the Eika-Ohizenyi community in Okehi Local Government Area.
During the inauguration of these critical projects, which were financed by his wife through the Hayat Foundation, Governor Bello issued a challenge to other privileged citizens, urging them to contribute their resources to foster community development.
These significant projects were unveiled to commemorate the 16th birthday of the Governor’s son, Hayatula Bello, in whose name the Hayat Foundation was established. The projects include the Eika-Ohizenyi community clinic and the Al-Dabiya Primary and Secondary School, both located within the community.
Governor Bello praised the vision of the school’s founders, who initially conceived and operated it as an Islamic school before expanding to offer both Islamic and Western education.
In recognition of his wife’s efforts to improve the living conditions of her people through these initiatives, the Governor announced that the school would benefit from the State Government’s free education policy for primary and secondary school students.
He added that the government would also provide teachers to address staffing needs and construct an access road, along with a school bus to facilitate academic activities.
Barrister Amina Bello, the wife of the Governor and founder of the Hayat Foundation, described these projects as a significant homecoming.
She highlighted that the clinic would provide three days of free medical outreach to the community residents, encouraging them to take advantage of the free Medical Outreach scheduled between Tuesday, September 26, and Thursday, September 28.
Barrister Bello emphasized her mission, which focused on making a positive impact on society. She praised her late mother-in-law’s selfless life and urged individuals, regardless of their wealth or political affiliation, to contribute positively to humanity, society, and their community.
She also acknowledged the founders of Al-Dabiya Primary and Secondary School, Mallam Shittu, and Mallam Salihu Bello, for their pivotal roles in guiding and educating the local youth.
Hayat Foundation was honored to provide support for the construction of the school after the loss of its original building, which had been donated earlier.
Barrister Amina Bello however, appealed to well-meaning individuals to give back to their communities, whether through mentorship or other forms of community services, to collectively create a better society for all.