BusinessDay readers donate N470,000 to petty trader
Funke Adeyanju, a micro-scale trader in Lagos, has received N470,000 donation from BusinessDay readers to pay for her daughter’s medical bills.
The trader was featured in this section of Thursday July 20 & August 10, 2017, where she said that money to pay for her daughter’s hospital bills topped her worries.
‘‘I used to sell bread, biscuits, chin-chin and other handy snacks in front of my house in Ikotun but the business packed up after my daughter had an accident in October 2016, which gulped the little money I had, leaving me broke,’’ she told BusinessDay earlier.
According to Adeyanju, her daughter’s boss in a photography studio, where she worked as an apprentice, had sent her on an errand.
‘‘On her way back, a car hit the motorcycle she boarded and sped off. She was rushed to Igando General Hospital but we had to take her to a traditional bone setter to cut down cost. She was there for seven months but there was no improvement.
‘‘We were given a total bill of N418,200 at Ikeja General Hospital. They said the leg needs surgery but I don’t know where to get that kind of money from. My husband, a motorcyclist, has given up hope since his motorcycle developed a series of faults a month ago,’’ the micro trader said.
The trader received the sum of N450,000 from three lawyers to pay for her daughter’s hospital bills and plunge the balance into her business. One of the lawyers gave a taxi driver featured in this section of Thursday April 20, 2017 N153,000 to fix his car and send his children back to school.
The petty trader also received the sum of N20,000 from an anonymous reader, bringing the total donation to N470,000.
A cheque for N418,200 was raised the account name provided by the hospital while N51,800 was raised in Funke Adeyanju’s name.
Presenting the cheques to the petty trader on Monday, Odinaka Anudu, SME and manufacturing editor, advised Adeyanju to use the money wisely.
‘‘The essence of this money is to ensure that your daughter’s surgery is successful. So one key thing is that you have to make sure that this money is committed to the purpose for which it was given. This is from the goodwill of Nigerians; don’t abuse it so that others who are in the similar or worse position will be able to get succour from Nigerians,’’ said Anudu.
The elated trader thanked her kind-hearted donors for their assistance.
Adeyanju said, ‘‘I pray that as they have shown mercy upon my daughter, God will also show mercy upon their families and generation. God will replenish their pocket and whatever they lay their hands to do shall be successful’’
On what she will do with the N51,800 which was raised in her name, the petty trader said, ‘‘I want to start selling garri, plantains and yams. I was doing this business but had to stop when the prices went up’’
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