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Former national team soccer star, Paul Okoku has joined the growing rank of Nigerian ex-internationals putting something back into the society that produced them, as the Nations Cup 1984 silver medalist has set in motion plans to launch a youth development foundation in Abuja. Former national team soccer star, Paul Okoku has joined the growing rank of Nigerian ex-internationals putting something back into the society that produced them, as the Nations Cup 1984 silver medalist has set in motion plans to launch a youth development foundation in Abuja. To this end, efforts have intensified to ensure the project for less-privileged children and talented sports kids, tagged Greater Tomorrow Foundation goes into motion in grand style with an official launch on April 17, 2014 at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja. Okoku said Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) president, Engineer Sani Ndanusa and National Sports Commission (NSC) director-general, Honorable Tunde Elegbeleye will be among top personalities to grace the event. Other dignitaries expected on the forthcoming date include Katsina State commissioner of youth and sports, Honorable Ibrahim Fafana, League Management Company (LMC) chief operating officer, Malam Salisu Abubakar, Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM chairman, Dr. Larry Izamoje and ace sports editor-cum-publisher and administrator, Paul Bassey. Okoku, who was also a member of the trailblazing Flying Eagles’ squad of Mexico ’83 World Youth Championship (WYC) further revealed that other guests who have confirmed their participation at the launch are Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, Chief Segun Odegbami, Coach James Peter, John Mastroudes, Dr. Ibrahim Umah, Godwin Odiye and Nathaniel Ogedegbe. While expressing gratitude for public interest in the project, Okoku said he is humbled that Nigerians have not forgotten him in spite of his exit from football about 30 years ago and commended his under-20 national team pal, Dahiru Saidi for working tirelessly in his position as director of event to ensure the April 17, 2014 event ends in...

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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Karamajiji in Kuchigoro area of FCT along Airport Road have won the inaugural football championship organised by Greater Tomorrow Children’s Fund founded by ex international and US based Paul Okoku. In a game decided at the weekend at the FIFA Goal Project Abuja, the boys from Karamajiji beat their counterparts from Waru IDP Camp in Apo Village 3-2 in the finals to lift the trophy, take home cash prize of N15,000.00 and cart home additional ball donations from the foundation. The full time had ended 3-3 after Isiaka Alhassan netted a brace in the first half before the boys from Waru came from behind to draw level through another brace from Emmanuel Nwogu. Hashimu Musa made it three for Jaramajiji but Uche Duru from Waru levelled the scores at 3-3 close to regulation time. Karamajiji then went ahead to prove the better side with a 3-2 penalty kicks scoreline. For coming second, Waru Apo got N7,000.00, a trophy and some balls. Bello Mohammed, coach of Karamajiji said they were happy with the foundation for putting together this initiative that has helped to bring them together. “This is a big psychological boost for us who are displaced far away from home. This competition made us forget our troubles and horrors. I am very excited to win the cup and this have helped to wash away our anxieties and sufferings as IDPs.” Speaking after the finals which was organised by the Okoku’s Foundation in an effort to give back to the society, Paul Okoku said he feels fulfilled to have put smiles on the faces of the IDPs. “I feel really honoured and fulfilled to put smiles and hope on the faces of the children who are looking up to the society for hope.” Representative of the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Bar. Solomon Dalung; Mr Osuoha Victor gave thumps up to Paul Okoku and his Foundation for bringing together a program that tells that Nigerians have not forgotten the IDPs. “You must not see yourselves as being in this condition permanently. Please keep hope alive,” he...

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Former Green Eagles star, Paul Okoku has pledged to sustain the charity works being spearheaded by the Greater Tomorrow Children Fund. Speaking during the maiden football tournament that the GTCF organised for Internally Displaced Persons camps in Abuja, the former Flying Eagles midfielder said he was moved to give back to the less privileged persons in the society in order to bridge the growing gap between the rich and the poor. While hinging the success of charity bodies on contributions and support from members of the society and corporate organisations, Okoku, who won a silver medal at the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, urged kind-hearted Nigerians to join the GTCF to alleviate the suffering of poor Nigerians. “Our foundation remains committed to alleviating suffering of the masses and that explains why we take our time to reach those who are feeling the full impact of deprivation like persons living in camps for internally displaced ones. “Of course, we need the support of kind-hearted Nigerians to fulfil and sustain the legacies that we stand for and hope for a better society for everybody. We would not give up, neither are we going to rest on our laurels. It is just the beginning of what we know will be a fruitful charitable work for deprived ones”, added Okoku. Meanwhile, the former WAFU cup champion, during a visit to the House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, chaired by Hon. Muhammed Sani Zorro and Hon. Abbass Tajudeen, said the success of the event in Abuja would have been lost had the two members of Nigeria’s parliament not supported and graced the two-day event held at the Abuja National Stadium. “We came to thank you for supporting this project, which would not have been the success it is if you did not believe in it. Thank you for believing in us and we hope that your door shall remain open to us when next we come”, said Okoku Responding, Hon. Muhammed Sani Zorro commended the GTCF for thinking it fit to spread its charity works to persons in the IDP camp, noting that such philanthropy would receive the full support of the parliament. “We are very much happy with what you are doing and are proud to be tied to you in the execution of this project and hope that this relationship is sustained for the good of our society”, said Hon Zorro.  ...

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Ex-international Paul Okoku has taken his Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation train to Delta State to celebrate the 2016 Children’s Day and World Hunger’s Day with pupils of Igbe Primary School in Okume, Ndokwa Local Government. With a mission statement to help less-privileged children in Nigeria achieve their maximum potentials by empowering them to create a brighter future through hunger relief, medical programs, education, sport activities and mentoring, the Greater Tomorrow Foundation has been reaching out since it started operations in Nigeria and upped the ante last weekend by taking its yearly programme to kids in a remote village in Delta State. Set against the backdrop of a village setting, with rustic and bushy environment, Okoku’s foundation put smiles on the faces of the kids, who were given goody bags containing spaghetti, noodles, biscuits, fruit drinks, candy, note books. Represented by ambassadors of the foundation, comprising ex-internationals Yisa Sofoluwe, Edema Fuludu, Jide Alabi and administrator and lawyer, David Fatunbi and coordinator, Mrs Grace Jalekun, the ceremony saw about 270 kids being splashed with items to mark their day. Speaking through his lawyer, Okoku said he was delighted to deliver on the mission statement of the Foundation by giving back to less-privileged kids in the society, who he noted were the future of tomorrow. He noted that he was never in doubt of the potentials that less-privileged kids possess but added that for them to attain their full potentials that they must be supported by well-meaning individuals in the society and corporate bodies, who he stated have crucial roles to play in capacity development of young ones. The end of Okoku’s speech was greeted by wild applauds from the kids, teachers and elders who turned out in their numbers for the ceremony that lasted for close to three hours. Responding, Head Teacher of Igbe Primary School, David Agadi thanked Okoku for remembering pupils of his school, noting that it was the first time that such a gesture was being extended to them as far as his memory can recall Like Okoku said, Agadi urged successful Nigerians to help the needy ones in the society, warning that failure to do such would only increase the number of delinquents in the land. ”We thank Paul Okoku for this kind gesture and hope that others will emulate him so that the future of these little ones will be brighter”, said Agadi. Afterwards, the gifts in the goody bags were given to the pupils, who beamed with wild smiles as they danced away to the blaring sound for the loudspeaker. The elders were not left out of the celebration as they were given a token...

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