By Usman Shuaibu
The village director in charge of SOS children’s village, in Dukwa, Gwagwalada area council, of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Yusuf Mohammed, has called on the government of to allocate some percentages of its annual budget to orphans, to boost their morale in the society.
Mohammed, who made the call during the remembrance ceremony of the founder and African Child Day celebration, in Gwagwalada, said that the provision of the budget for vulnerable and abandoned children in the orphanage homes was necessary as they needed all the love and care from the government.
According to him, statistics have shown that there are over 20 million orphans in the country and the government needed to make special allocation for their upbringing, especially in the aspect of education.
He noted that every child deserved the best education, calling on the government to increase its support in the interest of the abandoned children.
Earlier, the Principal of Hermann Gmeiner Junior Secondary School, Mr. Godwin Otulu, described the founder as one who has passion for vulnerable and abandoned children.
He pointed out that the founder would always be remembered for his care and love for the less privileged children, saying that SOS Children’s villages currently cut across the 132 countries.
Peoples Daily reports that that the founder of SOS Children’s Village, Hermann Gmeiner, was born on July 23, 1919, and his remembrance day coincides with African Child Day celebration, celebrated every June 16.