Yuletide: NGOs task FG on providing succour for the less privileged

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Some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have called on the Federal Government to provide succour for the less privileged in the society.

The NGOs, made the call during their Yuletide reach out to widows and orphans in Abuja.

The Chief Convener, Sunday and Omoikhere Oriaran Foundation, Dr Rose Oriaran Anthony, said it was critical for the vulnerable, particularly widows and orphans to to be catered to in the society.

While commending government for coming up with policies that concerned vulnerable persons, she said it was important to do more to touch their lives positively.

“They are bringing up policies but the problem is implementing those policies,.

“These widows, when you go where they live, you will sympathise with them.

“So, we are here as a foundation to touch their lives this season of Christmas because they deserve to also smile,” she said.

On the foundation, Anthony said it was set up in memory of their parents, who in their lifetime dedicated their time, energy and resources to touching lives.

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She said, “we are out to continue the legacy of our late parents who had passion for taking care of orphans and widows in the society.

“We felt we should continue and so we launched this foundation some years ago in their memories.”

Founder, Waterlight Save Initiative, Dr Prince Ibhafidon, urged the federal government to consolidate on policies of past government to continue to put smiles on the lips of the needy in the society.

“Continuity is key.

“The present government should continue where the other government stopped rather than starting all over again.

“After the budget is passed, I think a lot of things will take shape,”he said.

Ibhafidon urged federal government to partner relevant stakeholders in an effort to alleviate the plight of vulnerable persons.

“Government should partner organisations like us.

“We were working with the former administration in humanitarian outreaches and we did a lot of outreaches with them.”

On the outreach, the founder said the event was an annual end of year Christmas outing.

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“We use the opportunity to reach out to the vulnerable in the society and celebrate Christmas with them,”he said.

Mrs Grace Chinedu, Founder Restored Destiny Child Orphanage, Chinedu called for government support for the orphanage.

She said such support would go a long way in making the children under their care well catered for.

She commended Waterlight Save Initiative for the support.

“We are here because of Waterlight Initiative.

“They have been of tremendous help to the children; they pay their school fees.”

Some of the widows and orphans thanked the NGOs for the gesture, while calling on other stakeholders to extend similar gestures to them.

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