Easter: NGO fetes or­phans, vis­its bomb blast vic­tims in hos­pi­tals

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Abuja un­der the aegis of Sure Smiles Women and Chil­dren Ad­vo­cacy Ini­tia­tive has cel­e­brated with or­phans as part of Easter fi­esta, even as as­sorted food items were equally doled out to the vul­ner­a­ble group in the so­ci­ety.

Sim­i­larly, the group also used the oc­ca­sion to visit the Asokoro and Nyanya Gen­eral Hos­pi­tals to show love and sym­pa­thy to the vic­tims of last week Nyanya bomb blast that killed over 75 in­no­cent Nige­ri­ans.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists shortly af­ter vis­it­ing St. Bene­dict Catholic Church lo­cated at Loko­goma es­tate in Abuja, the founder and co­or­di­na­tor of Sure Smiles Women and Chil­dren Ad­vo­cacy Ini­tia­tive, Mrs. Chioma Uzo-Udeg­bunam, said the visit was to share the joy of the sea­son and to bridge the gap be­tween the have and the have not.

“The Easter cel­e­bra­tion is a sea­son to demon­strate love to all, es­pe­cially the less priv­i­leged in the so­ci­ety. Our mis­sion here is a prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tion of love to this vul­ner­a­ble group and to ap­pre­ci­ate God for His kind­ness to­wards us. We have de­cided to give to oth­ers out of the abun­dance God has blessed us with,” she af­firmed.

She called on govern­ment at all lev­els to ini­ti­ate poli­cies and pro­grammes geared to­wards alle­vi­at­ing the suf­fer­ing of the less priv­i­leged in the so­ci­ety.

Ear­lier in his com­ment, the Par­ish Priest of St. Bene­dict Catholic Church, Loko­goma Es­tate, Rev Fr. Thomas Asen, com­mended the group for the show of love on the needy, not­ing that the re­spon­si­bil­ity of car­ing for the less priv­i­leged should not be left to the govern­ment alone.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the ges­ture, Mrs. Veron­ica Udom, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over what the group has done, even as she called on other priv­i­leged mem­bers of the so­ci­ety to al­ways as­sist the vul­ner­a­ble.

The group also vis­ited Asokoro and Nyanya Gen­eral Hos­pi­tals to sym­pa­thize with vic­tims of last week’s bomb blast as the co­or­di­na­tor used the oc­ca­sion to dole out some as­sorted items to them.

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