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Ebonyi Gov’S Wife Empowers the Needy

The wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Josephine Elechi, has presented education support materials to ten orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) selected from nine local government areas of the state.
Twenty caregivers were also given cash gifts to face challenges arising from catering for the orphans and vulnerable children.
In her remarks, Mrs. Elechi said the programme was designed to impact positively in the lives of OVCs, and their care givers in the state adding that it was done in partnership with a foreign partner, the Initiative for Good Health (IGH) and assured the people that the programme would not die.
She said “the programme, which has been a regular feature, in my efforts at enhancing the living condition of the OVCs, also aims at encouraging our OVC caregivers in their efforts at promoting the wellbeing of this class of children”.
“I am, particularly, pleased to note that most of the caregivers to the OVCs have been doing well in terms of giving these children the needed attention and care that would enhance their living conditions.
“I want to commend our caregivers for their efforts at putting smiles on the faces of these less privileged children, and urge them not to be deterred by whatever challenges they might face”, she added.
Mrs. Elechi also urged well-meaning individuals and groups to assist by taking some of the children for caregiving, so as to reduce the burden of OVC in the society.
Medical Director of National Obstetrics Fistula Centre (NOFIC) Abakaliki, Prof. Sunday Adeoye, said that there were over 4,500 OVCs in the state going by a recent survey.
Adeoye, who is also the Coordinator of the Mother and Child Care Initiative (MCCI), the pet project of Mrs. Elechi, appealed to the caregivers to utilise the money given to them adding that the MCCI team would be visiting them regularly to monitor their activities.

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