The dream of former Green Eagles midfielder Paul Okoku to put smile on the faces of less-privileged children in the society got a big boost on Thursday when the Greater Tomorrow Foundation was launched in Abuja.
The setting was the Nicon Luxury Hotel, where eminent personalities, including the First Lady of Kastina State, Hajia Fatima Shema and Eagles coach Stephen Keshi gathered to raise funds for the Greater Tomorrow Children Fund, a charity-based trust for the under-privileged kids in Nigeria.
Explaining what informed the floating of the Foundation, Okoku, a 1984 African Nations Cup silver-medal winner and 1983 Flying Eagles star, said that he was moved to start the project because of the pressing needs of less-privileged kids, who he said were the future of tomorrow.
Recalling his days when growing up in Lagos, Okoku said, “As a kid I was faced with poverty and made a vow to help reduce poverty and starvation if God made me rich.”
He said that it was this guiding principle that propelled him to give to the needy in his base in the United States of America and now saw the need to expand the scope of the programme.
The President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Sani Ndanusa, while commending the initiative of Okoku, called for active support from all in the actualization of the objectives of the Greater Tomorrow Children Funds.
Ndanusa pledged N100,000 for himself and another N100,000 from the NOC. Hajia Shema pledged N200,000, the NFF pledged N250,000, Folorunsho Okenla pledged N200,000, the League Management Committee said they would give N250, 000, the President of the Trade Union Congress pledged N100,000 as an individual, N100,000 as SSANU President and another N100, 000 for TUC.
Keshi challenged Nigerians to start helping the people who do not have, stating that it was shocking that wealthy people were contented seeing others suffering in poverty.