The Ogun State Government at the weekend bailed out the ailing Nollywood actor, Mr. Kayode Odumosu, popularly called Pa Kasumu with the sum of N2million for his medical treatment.
The Secretary to the State Government,, Taiwo Adeoluwa, who made the donation on behalf of the government, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun was moved when he learnt of the health condition of the foremost Nollywood actor and decided to extend the lifeline.
Adeoluwa told the actor and members of his family at the actor’s residence in Mushin, Lagos that “There
was no formal request for help from the Governor of Ogun State. Like everybody else, we heard the news that you are indisposed on the television and the governor instructed us to go and find out the exact state of health of Pa Kasumu. It was during the investigation that we discovered that you are from Ogun State. We learnt you are from Odogbolu local government. The governor didn’t even know you are one of us.”
The SSG who explained that he was making the donation on behalf of the governor, described Kasumu as part of the large pool of successful indigenes of the state that have served the nation in their various areas of endeavour and expertise and must not be left to suffer in trying period.
“Wherever and whenever we see anybody who is one of us particularly people like you who have made your marks and helped to put Nigeria and Ogun State on the map, we are more than happy to identify with you and assist you,” the governor added.
Amosun also called on colleagues, family members and well wishers of Kasumu to rally round him for support, saying more than anything else, he needed to be shown love at this particular time.
Speaking after, the co-ordinator of the Save Pa Kasumu Initiative, Mrs. Olajide Idowu, while thanking Amosun for the gesture ,noted that the donation was unprecedented as no state government, group or individual had made such a singular donation to the course of saving the life of the ailing actor.
“I was sceptical when the state government said they were going to assist him, and the reason is simply because we have had a lot of empty promises from various quarters in the past. But when the SSG called me that they would bring the money, was so happy. This morning when you said you were on your way, I said Ogun State? They must mean business. They’ve really done Pa Kasumu proud. This, at least, will go a long way for his treatment,” Mrs. Olajide said.
Responding, a visibly sick Pa Kasumu thanked the state government for the lifeline and requested other public spirited individuals and corporate bodies to come to his aid.
“Though I cannot speak very well now, but I want to thank Amosun for this. I want the government to take me out of this noisy area,” he said.
In their respective reactions, Pa Kasumu’s colleagues in the theatre world including Dele Odule, Bolaji Amusan aka Mr. Latin who both witnessed the cheque presentation ,thanked the state government for the gesture extended to one of them.
“This is beyond our comprehension. We never knew a government could be so passionate about the plight of one of us,” Odule remarked.
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