Chief Kola Daisi is the Founder of Ibadan Civic Centre and the Kola Daisi Foundation (KDF). He was born on 14th September 1932 in Ibadan. He had his primary and secondary education in the Southwestern City then proceeded to University of London. He was the Executive Director & Chief Executive of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Executive Director of the Nigerian Association of Chambers Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and co-founder and the first Executive Director of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce. He is married with children, one of whom is High Chief Abiodun Kola-Daisi (The Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland).
the IbadanInsider team recently visited the venerated statesman with alongside the media manager of the Kola-Daisi Foundation, he explained the concept of KDF and journey so far.
Sir, can you tell us about the foundation?
The Kola Daisi Foundation (KDF) is a non-governmental organization, it is non-profit, non-partisan and non-sectarian founded by Chief Kola Daisi CON. The sole reason for establishing the Foundation is to help Nigerians in the areas of Health Care, Poverty Alleviation, and Children Education. The Foundation has been putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians. The Foundation is run by a Board of Trustees which is headed by the Chairman, Professor Adeniyi Osuntogun OFR. The Board of Trustees tries to determine the needs of Nigerians, and determines where the Foundation can be of help to the Nigerian people.
When did the foundation came into existence?
As I said earlier, the foundation was founded by Chief Kola Daisi; Bashorun of IbadanLand in 1993 and it is still going strong till now. It has continued to put smiles on the faces of Ibadan people and Nigerians at large.
How does the funding of the foundation come, and where does the funding for the foundation come?
The Foundation is solely funded by Chief Kola Daisi (CON) himself. Because of the philanthropic gesture of the founder, and the number of lives the Foundation has touched the Federal Government of Nigeria had to confer the founder with the Title: Commander Of the Niger (CON).
What are the achievements of the foundation so far?
KDF has managed to achieve, empower and inspire a lot of lives over the years. Poverty alleviation, advancement of Education and the provision of healthcare to poor and the needy.
What are the challenges the foundation has faced in trying to achieve its aims?
Well, we cant really say there have been challenges. All things are possible with God.
What are the long term goals of KDF? The long term goals of this foundation The long term goal of the foundation is to keep focused on its goals , get better and do more of things it is known for which are poverty alleviation, advancement of Education and the provision of healthcare to poor and the needy.
Is this Initiative embraced by Ibadan people?
The foundation has been embraced by the Ibadan people very well, because the Public Private Partnership between the foundation and the people of the Aladorin community also with U.C.H. has passed the 5 year gap in providing affordable health care facilities for the people of Yemetu and environs. infact the Minister of Health visited the healthcare facility recently. The community elders too also appreciate the foundation’s good work.
in which other ways can the government support initiatives like the KDF apart from in terms of money?
I think the best possible way for state and federal government to support is be of help by borrowing a leaf from the achievements of the Foundation in the areas of Healthcare. they can do this by creating more affordable and well equipped healthcare facilities for Nigerians at large.
Is there anything else you will like general public to know about Kola Daisi Foundation?
Okay. KDF primary focus are 1. Poverty Alleviation 2. Healthcare 3. Youth Empowerment 4. Education. Even though KDF is based in Ibadan, it is not limited to indigenes of Ibadan or Oyo state alone, it has made efforts to reach out to Nigerians at large.