The Kogi Government on Monday distributed food, drugs, sanitary items and cash to 18 registered orphanages across the state.
Mrs. Bolanle Amupitan, the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, who handled the exercise, said that the gesture was aimed at improving the living standards of the orphans.
“Government has resolved that the children must be well fed; we have resolved never to allow the circumstances of their birth to define their future,” she said.
Mrs. Clara Owosagba, Matron, Stagi Orphanage, Lokoja, one of the benefiting Homes, while thanking the government for the gesture, praised Gov Yahaya Bello’s efforts toward a better life for orphans.
He said that it was the first government intervention enjoyed by the Home, and promised that the food items, drugs and toiletries would be used judiciously.
Another beneficiary, Mrs. Elizabeth Okpanachi of GodsWill Orphanage, thanked the government for the support and advised that the gesture is more regular so as to encourage the orphans.
Other beneficiaries include Mercy Orphanage Home, Hope Orphanage, Ekundayo Orphanage, Ministry of Mercy, among others.