Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has launched a special empowerment programme for 520 orphans from across the 44 local government areas of the state.
Under the programme, 20 orphans each from the eight metropolitan local governments were given N20, 000 cash, while 10 orphans each were from the remaining 36 local government areas were given the same amount.
Addressing the beneficiaries in Kano, the governor said his administration was committed to promoting the welfare of less privileged children.
Governor Ganduje stated that the state fostering law was amended to facilitate improvement of the lives and security of adopted orphans, stressing that taking care of orphans is not only a social obligation but also a religious duty.
“Like every other child, they have a right to decent living and education so that they can contribute meaningfully to nation building”, the governor stated, adding that “children are the greatest assets of nation building.”
He therefore, appealed to wealthy people in the society to support the education of orphans as well as to encourage them to be creative so that they can eventually become active contributors to the national economy.
The governor called on foster parents and guardians to treat orphans under their care properly, and to make sure that the children acquire sound moral values that would transform them into responsible citizens.
Governor Ganduje also used the occasion to flag off the “Buy made in Kano Products” campaign and the launch of the Kano State Commerce week, anchored by the state Ministry of Commerce.
Meanwhile, about 5,500 people have been provided with free medical treatment by Ganduje Foundation, in collaboration with the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano city.
Ganduje Foundation is a charity floated by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to render humanitarian services to the less privileged in the society
Speaking during the occasion, Governor Ganduje explained that the exercise was being carried out free of charge and was aimed at bringing specialized ophthalmic services to the door step of the common man, especially rural dwellers.
“Under this arrangement, 500 eye surgeries will be conducted while 5,000 other eye cases would be treated free of charge,” he said.
Governor Ganduje stated that under the exercise several eye ailments will be treated and will cover male and female, the young and the old.
He pointed out that expatriate eye specialists from the IIRO, will work with their Nigerian counterparts, engaged by the Ganduje Foundation, assuring that patients would be treated using sophisticated equipment and qualitative medication.