The former Super Eagles football star, Kanu Nwankwo on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to the Oyo State House of Assembly to seek the lawmakers’ support and collaborations on his two foundations dealing with health, youths and sports.
Kanu who came with his team, which comprises members of Kanu Heart Foundation and Kanu International Football Academy, KIFA on Thursday Ibadan, noted that there is need to encourage more well to do individuals to support his foundations’ benevolent activities which over the years have transformed many lives.
The former Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Bromwich and Portsmouth forward explained that not less that five hundred and sixty-one people across the country have been saved and provided succor by Kanu Heart Foundation in the last nineteen years of its establishment adding that over two hundred requests are still before the foundation hence the need for support from wealthy individuals.
According to him, KIFA has twenty centers across Nigeria including in Eruwa, Oyo state, adding that the resuscitation of secondary Schools and University Games, NUGA as well as YUSFON which would not only help in discovering talents but also assist in providing a platform for them to showcase their sporting gifts.
The ace footballer stressed that crime is on the increase in Nigeria because the youth were not encouraged to channel and dissipate their energy on productive ventures such as sports. He used the medium to announce that KIFA’s General meeting is holding in Ibadan.
In his response, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Adebo Ogundoyin acknowledged and applauded the ex-Nigerian International for his passion to provide succour and give life to predominantly African children with heart defects through the Kanu Heart Foundation.
The Speaker, whose message was delivered by his deputy, Hon Abiodun Fadeyi said it was not surprising that Kanu was doing so much to help people with heart problems adding that Kanu’s heart surgery of 1996 was a divine miracle and an unforgettable period in his football career.
Ogundoyin stated that the legendary Kanu remains one of the most celebrated and successful footballers who has brought glory not only to Nigeria but also to the African continent.
He therefore solicited his support towards the development of youth with building sports talents in Oyo state as well as help to bring football clubs in the state especially 3sc (Shooting Stars) and others hitherto top league clubs back to limelight.
The Speaker assured that the 9th Oyo Assembly replete with youthful and vibrant lawmakers would be willing to partner with Kanu Heart Foundation and Kanu International Football Academy,KIFA towards the realisation of their set goals.