30 September 2020 by Julian Osamoto.
As Nigeria celebrates this year’s independence day, a Non Government Organization, ASKEVANA, wants the Federal and State Governments to prioritize the plight 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 grants.
Mrs Erokoro expressed regret that though the country is 60 years, yet over 69% of the population lives below poverty line called for urgent steps to reduce the figure.
While noting that education remains a critical driver of sustainable development, with the capacity to check poverty, she said her foundation was able to award scholarship to over 40 pupils in 10 schools in the FCT and Empowered 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 grinding machines, sewing machines, and pay training fee for 10 women to acquire other skills for self reliance”
” 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”
” Educating our children, especially the girl child contributes significantly to environmental sustainability and improve health as well as build peace and resilient societies” she said.
Mrs Erokoro, expressed concern on how the less privileged 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, rice, Beans, Semovita and toiletries among others.