Non-governmental organization operating on the aegis of Islamic Orphanage Foundation has empowered twelve orphans with working tools to assist them in their different vocational skills.
Addressing Journalists at the empowerment programme held at the Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union (IEDPU) Secretariat, located at Geri-Alimi, Ilorin, kwara state, the chairman of the Foundation, Architect Saifullahi Alege said “we had earlier enroled the beneficiaries for training in different areas of skill acquisition”
Stated that “we had 276 orphans under our care and we have also produced 68 graduates including medical doctors, lawyers and Engineers while 45 undergraduates are currently in various higher institutions of learning”
Alege who expressed displeasure that the foundation has not been receiving help as expected to cater for the children in its care.
Lamented that the proposed orphanage foundation centre had been abandoned in the last ten years owing to lack of funding to see it to completion.
Alege, therefore appealed to the government and philanthropists across the world to come to the aid of the foundation in order to complete the site in record time and cater for more orphans.
He said, “Our expectation from government and several people in the society has not been encouraging. The governments at federal, state and local have not been helpful as expected. The only thing we have had from the federal government was palliative, which was given to us sometime last year when President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Nigeria Customs Service to disburse items in their care to all orphanage homes in the country”
Alege disclosed that the empowerment scheme is being organized annually for the orphans to ensure that they don’t become liability to themselves, community and the nation as a whole.
Some of the items gifted the beneficiaries include sewing machines, welding equipment and catering service facilities among others.
Also speaking, Kwara State Coordinator of Sister of Jahnah, Mrs Monsurat Olohungbebe, urged responsible people in the society to prioritize adoption of orphans with a view to preserving their future.
She also canvassed support for orphanage homes, particularly Islamic Orphanage Foundation financially and materially, saying that it has remained a bastion of hope for the hopeless children in the society.
Mrs Olohungbebe pleaded with the government to identify genuine orphans wherever they are and provide for their educational needs, just as she maintained that idle children among them could become liability to the entire populace.
“We should try to sponsor them in their education or those that are willing to go into full time vocational skills with provision of equipment. If we are all involved, things would change and everyone will be happy”, she said.
In his lecture, a Muslim Cleric, Shuaib Suleiman Dagbo, said any society that desires prosperity would have to extend hand of help to the orphans so that they don’t end up as threat to the collective well being of the people.
He also called on parents and guardians to give due attention to the education and welfare of their children at all times.