Ex-Nigeria international Paul Okoku will launch his foundation in Abuja today (Thursday). The foundation known as Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation will be launched at the NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja. The charity organisation intends to raise funds with the launch to drive the project which Okoku explained has the blessing of the United States of America.
Okoku who played for the Eagles at the 1984 Africa Nations Cup in Cote d’Ivoire said that the project is aimed at giving the less-privileged children a chance for a brighter future in the society.
Okoku, who hit international prominence with the 1983 FIFA U-20 World Cup, said, “We do this through hunger relief programme, educational, sports activities and competitions. We also use medical programmes and mentoring. We are also partnering with Victor Mbaba, Founder/President, Africa’s Children’s Fund, USA; the Food Bank Nigeria, Dr. Seidu Adebayo Bello, founder/president, Cleft Care Foundation. These partnerships have been formed to better the lives of less-privileged children in the USA and Nigeria (Africa).”
Some of those expected at the launch are the Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, who is also a childhood friend of Okoku. They both played for the national team. The First Lady of Katsina State, Hajiya Fatima Ibrahim Shema alongside the Director-General of Sports Mr. Gbenga Elegbeleye, and the Nigerian Olympic Committee President, Sani Ndanusa.
President, Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari and the President, Trade Union Congress Bobbai Bala Kagaima are also expected.
The football family will not be left out of the funds appeal drive to support the less-privileged in the society as Chief Segun Odegbami (MON); Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka (MON); Henry Nwosu (MON); Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and Coach Manu Garba are also expected at the event.