As Nigeria celebrates this year’s independent day, a Non Governmental Organization ASKEVANA, wants the Federal and State governments to prioritize the plights of the vulnerable in the society.
The Founder of the Organization Mrs Eva Erokoro gave the advise when she led a team from her office to some orphanage homes and schools in the FCT to donate relief materials as well as scholarship grant.
Mrs Erokoro who said though the country is 60 years, yet over 69% of the population lives below poverty line according to statistics, called for urgent steps to reduce the figure.
While noting that education remained a critical driver of sustainable development, with immense capacity to check poverty, Mrs Erokoro noted that her foundation was able to grant scholarship to over 40 pupils in 10 schools in the FCT and provide Empowerment for 10 women.
“Education opens doors to limitless opportunities, and that was why we took the bold step to visit this schools, pay each child tuition fee for one year, provide grounding machine, sewing machine, and pay training fee for 10 women to acquire other skills for self reliant”
“Our target is to give scholarship to over 200 students before the end of the year and we hope to reach more students with time”she said.
Mrs Erokoro, expressed concern on how the less privilege struggle with most basic needs, such as nutrition, shelter, health, access to clean water, and appealed to well meaning Nigerians to see this year’s celebration as an opportunity to reach the unreached people in the society with kind gestures.
Some of the relief materials donated to the orphanage homes include; Indomie, Beverages, Wares, rice, Beans, Semovita and Sanitary wares among others.