Nothingham Forest’s Awoniyi visits hospital in Ilorin, settles patients’ bills

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By Olayinka Owolewa

Nigerian Nothingham Forest of England striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, on Thursday paid a surprise visit to the Ilorin General Hospital in Kwara State, where he settled bills of some patients.

Awoniyi, also a marksman of Super Eagles was received by the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr Bola Abdulkadir, into the facility.

He was later conducted round different wards of the hospital where a female cancer patient was introduced to him for help.

The Nothingham Forest striker after receiving briefs of the patient was told that the woman needed a complete dose of a particular injection which each cost N107,000 and paid for the remaining four doses.

Another patient who needed N5,000 to get oxygen for one of her children received over N100,000 from the former Liverpool forward, while he also supported two old men with another N100,000.

Awoniyi’s many donations came after he had presented envelopes containing cash to several patients at the hospital receiving various treatments.

The Nothingham Forest striker also initiated several unaccounted donations at the hospital before departing for his usual off season training.

While in the office of the CMD, Dr Bola Abdulkadir, thanked the Super Eagles striker for deeming it feat to visit the hospital to assist needy patients.

The CMD posited that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of everything, hence the need for the well to do individuals to be of help.

He solicited the support of the striker where he urged him to make donation to a foundation in the hospital where funds are accessed for the needy.

Awoniyi had earlier visited the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of Kwara Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, prayed for the player’s success in the upcoming season and beyond.