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Published On: Sun, Aug 31st, 2014

Ilorin Islamic Orphanage Foundation produces first medical doctor, 7 graduates

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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

The first Islamic Orphanage Foundation in Ilorin, Kwara state, has produced a medical doctor and seven graduates from different universities within twelve years of its existence.

Chairman of the foundation, Alhaji Seifullahi Alege, who disclosed this while addressing parents and stakeholders during the foundation’s annual general meeting held at the uncompleted permanent site of the foundation at the weekend, said the doctor who was among the first children adopted in year 2012, graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Alege said ‘the medical doctor who was sponsored by a philanthropist who does not want to be named, had completed his house man ship and is willing to serve in Kwara state to contribute his quota to the humanity.

He said from the 15 children that were forwarded to the foundation twelve years ago, the number had   increased to 187.

Out of the number, 53 were in tertiary institutions, 61 in Secondary schools while 54 were in Primary schools apart from 7 of the children presently at the kindergarten, he said.

Alege also disclosed that the children who could not cope with western education were enrolled at various workshops to acquire skills in fashion designing and lubrication and have been empowered with work tools at the end of their training.

He said over N15 million has been spent to cater for the motherless children in the last few years.

Chairman of the occasion, Justice Saliu Sa’idu of Federal High Court, Lagos, said mothers and guardians of the orphans have greater roles to play in nurturing their children to become responsible citizens in the society more than any other groups in the country.

He urged them to brace up for the challenges of upbringing of their children saying the death of their spouses should not be used as an excuse to relinquish their parental responsibilities.

Earlier in his remarks, the state Commissioner for Education Science and Human Capital Development, Alhaji Saka Onimago, commended the foundation for ensuring that the orphans had access to education, assuring that the state government will always support the foundation where necessary.

Onimago who was represented by an Assistant Director, Examinations Department and state Coordinator, Nation Board of Arabic and Islamic Studies (A.B.U), Zaria, Alhaji Imam Abdulkkadir Sheu, said with the new report, there is hope and new drive in consolidating the objectives of the foundation.

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