By Lucky Isibor
The Edo State Government has donated food items and footwear worth millions of naira to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ohogua, Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state.
The state government also donated food items to selected orphanages across Benin metropolis.
Presenting the items to the IDPs in their camp on Sunday night, the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Special Duties, Mr Yakubu Gowon, said the Obaseki-led administration is committed to bringing succour to the less privileged in the state.
Yakubu said “the donation is to show the state governor’s love for his people and that he is committed to making them happy.
“This is to show that Edo government loves every citizen, irrespective of their social status. We know this is the season to show love. The governor says if he eats a spoonful of rice, people in the camp should eat two. And if he wears shoes, people here should also do same,” Gowon said.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen, said the state government was committed to taking care of the IDPs, assuring that the donation of relief materials by the Edo State Government would be done on a continuous basis.
Ohenhen added that the state government had in the last six months presented relief materials worth millions of naira donated by spirited Nigerians to the camp.
Coordinator of the Camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, while receiving the materials, commended the state government for prioritizing the welfare of every citizen in the state, adding “we hear about the developmental strides of this administration and we appreciate the governor for making all these happen.”
Folorunsho said the inmates are happy that the Edo government, especially the governor is committed to showing them love and supporting them through donations.
The state government had earlier in the day commenced the distribution of bags of rice to Orphanage homes across the state.
Reverend Sister Felicia Ozeme, from Trinitarian Foundations for Orphans and the Helpless, Benin, who received 20 50kg bags of rice, expressed her appreciation to the state government for the gesture. She noted that the foundation has not received such donations from the state before now.
Other orphanages that received similar items included Edo Orphanage and My Mummy Orphanage.