The wife of the Governor of Osun state, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, through her initiative- ‘Ileri oluwa development initiative’, has taken over the matter of a Nigerian homeless man and his six-year-old daughter who lives in Trinidad and Tobago and requires help to come back home to Nigeria.
Sesan Ojo from Ilesa in Osun state has been living in Trinidad and Tobago for twelve years. He is homeless and had been sick for three years without a job or means of coming back home, having lost contact with his family for a long time. Mrs Oyetola heard about the man through a viral video and being a humanitarian she was moved by his plight and decided to help.
The man who lost his wife a year ago cannot fend for himself at present and is a burden to many people. According to him, “I need help to get home, I don’t have work, I need help to survive till I go back to Nigeria. I am a burden to everybody. I went to Nigeria embassy to ask for help to come home but they said they cannot help me, they just gave me money to feed for a week but after that I couldn’t see them again,” he stated.
He is suffering from a peculiar ailment that has caused issues for one side of his body. The veins in his side is shrinking and he is deteriorating. With nothing to do, he decided to come home but couldn’t raise the required funds as he will need 10,000 United States Dollars for his flight and also needs to get a Nigerian passport for his daughter.
When help was not forthcoming, some people helped him by making a video to explain his plight and this got to the attention of Mrs Oyetola, who took the case up and made the necessary contacts. Speaking through correspondence, the Nigeria Acting High Commissioner, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Wale Isajimi, stated that plans are underway to facilitate Ojo’s trip home at the request of Mrs Oyetola who is already making efforts to locate Ojo’s family in Ilesa.
He stated that since the daughter doesn’t have a Nigerian passport, the commission will ensure she gets one before the journey home which is in a few days, adding that because they do not have a valid United Kingdom or United States transit visa, he advised that their flight be routed through the Port of Spain through Panama, Sao Paulo to Addis Ababa to Lagos.