CBN staff un­veil N44m or­phan­age homes in Kuje, Gwag­wal­ada

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Daniel Adugbo

Mem­bers of staff of the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria (CBN) have com­mis­sioned two projects for or­phan­age homes in Kuje and Gwag­wal­ada in Abuja worth over N44 mil­lion.

The projects were funded by the CBN staff through their per­sonal and in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions to the CBN Staff Alms Fund (C-SAF).

The fund was es­tab­lished in 2003 by the man­age­ment of the CBN un­der the lead­er­ship of Dr. Joseph .O. Sanusi to ad­dress the prob­lem of street beg­ging and poverty.

The fund in 2009 ap­proved the sum of N24.9m for Al-An­sar Or­phan­age Home in Kuje and N20.3m for a Male Hos­tel at Saint Mary’s Or­phan­age Home in Gwag­wal­ada.

At the com­mis­sion­ing of both projects on Thurs­day, Gover­nor of the CBN, God­win Eme­fiele said other projects have been com­pleted un­der C-SAF since in­cep­tion.

Mr. Eme­fiele who was rep­re­sented by Dr. Sani Doguwa at Kuje and Mr Lazarus Agbo at Gwag­wal­ada com­mended the en­tire staff of CBN, cus­tomers and vis­i­tors to the bank for their mag­nan­i­mous and self­less do­na­tions to the fund.

The wife of the Pres­i­dent Aisha Buhari rep­re­sented by Ha­jiya Maryam Sal­ihu ex­pressed hap­pi­ness over the AlAn­sar Or­phan­age Home urg­ing other or­gan­i­sa­tions to em­u­late the CBN staff.

The Al-An­sar Or­phan­age Home was as a re­sult of a re­quest for as­sis­tance by the pro­mot­ers of the project, Al-An­saar (The Helpers) to CBN Staff Alms Fund.

The first lady of Bauchi state, Ha­jiya Hadiza Abubakar while com­mend­ing the CBN staff for the project re­it­er­ated the call to stake­hold­ers to sup­port such projects be­cause of the grow­ing num­ber of wid­ows and or­phans as a re­sult of in­sur­gency.

At the un­veil­ing of the Boys’ Ho­tel at St. Mary’s Home for Or­phans and Des­ti­tutes in Gwag­wal­ada, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Home, Rev. Henry Udodike said ap­peal to the CBN re­quest­ing for the erec­tion of the Boys’ Hos­tel was made seven years ago in or­der to give a de­cent shel­ter to the fast grow­ing boys in the Or­phan­age.

“We were over­whelmed when the ap­peal re­ceived a pos­i­tive ap­proval,” he said.

Photo:Daniel Adugbo

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria (CBN) Gover­nor Mr. Lazarus Agbo as­sisted by staff of the apex bank at the com­mis­sion­ing of the Boys’ Ho­tel of St. Mary’s Home for Or­phans at Gwag­wal­ada, Abuja.

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