Two Ekiti State indigenes who were adopted by a Dutch couple 12 years ago have pleaded with the state government to place a high premium on the upkeep of the children in orphanages.
The duo said this Thursday when their foster parents, Donald and Gertruda Boots, brought them home to familiarise them with their immediate relatives.
The two brothers, aged 17 and 14, were a product of a poverty-stricken polygamous family, but were adopted by the couple in 2005 during the first tenure of the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
The eldest son, Joshua, who expressed his joy to be at home, thanked the state government and every other person that took part in the adoption process, saying their fortunes have improved tremendously.
Receiving the couple and the children at her office in Ado Ekiti, the wife of the governor, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, expressed joy over the radical turnaround of their lives, saying seeing them in good health and high spirits was pleasing and fulfilling to her as a mother.
She noted that her interest in the welfare of the two children informed her decision to personally visit them in Amsterdam in 2006 during her first time in office, saying, “Honestly, l am happy to see them back home in good health and high spirit.”
Mrs. Fayose however, regretted the inability of her husband to personally receive the couple and the two boys due to the fact that the governor was on an official engagement outside the state. She thanked the couple for taking care of the two children as if they were their biological children, and prayed for the long life and prosperity of the Boots family.
Speaking earlier, Donald said they decided to bring them back home, so as to familiarize themselves with members of their immediate family. He said their education would not be completed if the two boys were unable to trace their roots.