Obasanjo charges advocacy groups on accountability

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has charged non governmental organisations and foundations involved in charity works to be more transparent and accountable in the utilisation of funds entrusted in their care for charity works.

Speaking at the launch of the Cancer Awareness and Diagnostic Centres in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, the former president opined that these would further encourage public-spirited individuals and organisations to get more involved in philanthropic gestures as obtained in advanced countries.

The event, tagged: ‘No to Cancer, Fund Me’, was organised by Primus Torchbearers, a philanthropy and advocacy organisation, which was marking its 40th anniversary and plans to raise funds to establish cancer awareness and diagnostic centres in Abeokuta and the other two senatorial districts of Ogun State.

While acknowledging the efforts of such foundations, including the Tony Elumelu Foundation and Jim Ovia Foundation, Obasanjo added that it was imperative on wealthy and public-spirited individuals to complement the efforts of government at all levels to address some of the challenges plaguing the society.

Some of the dignitaries at the event included a former Senator, Dr Femi Okunrounmu and a former Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Professor Opeoluwa Adekunle, who was the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the event.