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Bauchi Govt steps-up assistance to orphans in its domain

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Bauchi State orphans have been urged to no longer see themselves as orphans, because God has bestowed on them leaders and wealthy individuals in the society to look after them.

Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, disclosed this in Bauchi recently, while hosting orphans and children of less-privileged members in the state as part of his activities marking the second anniversary of PDP Administration in the state.

The governor asserted that, “Due to our position as leaders in the society and mandate given us by the people, myself, my family members, the deputy governor and other top ranking government officials would do our best to provide you with basic necessities of life that would give you sense of belonging.

“This was the first of its kind, since the creation of Bauchi State, in 1976. The idea to organize the buffet for the orphans was aimed at carrying them along and giving them a sense of belonging,” the governor said.

Sen. Bala Muhammad added that, “The tradition over the years was that, government officials and politicians converge to celebrate Democracy Days and Anniversaries, beclouded with speeches and recounting achievements for the period.”

The governor assured that, the state government, through the Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA), would continue to assist and support orphans to be useful citizens of the society, as a step forward from the straight-jacket, rigid observance of anniversaries.

He called on wealthy citizens of the state to set up foundation and corporate organizations to provide charity to the less-privileged citizens, in order to mitigate poverty in the country.

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