<<< By: Tertsea Ikyoive >>>
University of Ibadan Nigeria.
Oracle Business Limited Foundation is a non-governmental and faith based organization, inspired, initiated and founded by Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom.
The principal objectives of the organization include:
- To provide redemptive services through soul winning schemes.
- To provide restorative services through care schemes and
- To provide reformative services through empowerment schemes.
The organization relies on spiritual relationship with God as an intervention into the needs and challenges of people. Its current chairman is Chief Mrs. Eunice Ortom, wife of Chief Dr. Ortom.
The Oracle BL Foundation has been visiting prison inmates and preaching the redemptive gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has also secured the release of several inmates by paying fines which they could not pay.
The care outreach of the Foundation has extended to the less privileged and other forms of capacity building in various ways including the provision of gospel equipment to ministers of the gospel, seeds to farmers, sewing machines and other equipment to the unemployed as well as sponsorship of wealth creation programs for them.
The Oracle Business Limited Foundation was an inspiration from God through a revelation to Chief Dr. Ortom in 2000. It was predicated on the need to complement the social life of the people through the help ministry.
The foundation has served as an intervention through programs especially in the treatment of snakebites and which have cost the organization about N50 million since inception.
In all these, Chief Dr. Ortom’s success and failure recipe is anchored on Job 36:11-12 “if they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.”
ORACLE BL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom dropped out of school in 1979 as a result of lack of financial support following his father’s retirement from the Nigeria police.
Yet as someone who understands the importance and value of education and who himself faced difficult challenges in trying to go further through school he decided to institute a scholarship and human capital development scheme with the blessings of the Almighty God.
His scheme is however, different from what is offered by the government and most private individuals. The difference with Ortom’s scholarship scheme is that he gives scholarship in consideration of the tuition fee and other levies.
Several persons who have benefited from the Ortom scholarship grant have graduated while others are still pursuing their studies. The project is an on-going phenomenon and is gradually impacting and empowering more and more people in Benue State.
ORACLE DRIVING SCHOOL
Subsidiary of Oracle BL Foundation.
Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom, Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment and also Supervising Aviation Minister, before he rose to his present position, established the Oracle Driving School in response to youth restiveness and the desire to curb unemployment among them.
As a professional driver himself he also embarked on the initiative as a way of paying back to the society in acknowledgment of how God lifted him from humble beginnings to lofty heights.
The school also complements government efforts in the provision of vocational education and provision of relevant skills to youths.
Established under the Oracle BL Foundation, the school commenced operations in March, 2011. It gives its students training in accordance with the curriculum of the National Institute of Transport Technology as well as the standardization program of the Federal Road Safety Commission Establishment Act of 2007 and the National Road Traffic Regulations Act 2004.
Part of the objectives of the school include the determination to reduce the carnage on the Nigerian roads through proper training in addition to moral and spiritual orientation.
Students are specifically trained to be conscious that the driving profession is important to national development while the driver is crucial in both God and man’s quest for sustaining life and driving the development agenda.
Since its establishment more than 10 sets have graduated from the institution which ensures that the graduates meet the statutory provisions that applicants for fresh drivers’ license must provide evidence of training, a learners’ permit, certificate of visual acuity test as well as that of general medical fitness.
Proprietor of the school, Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom, most times acquires drivers’ license for graduates of the school in order to enable them acquire jobs as soon as possible.