By Stanley Onyekwere
In the spirit of the Yuletide season, the Federal Capital Territory Administration distributed food items to twelve welfare associations and special needs schools for the 2019 Christmas celebrations.
Our correspondent reports that bags of rice, cartons of vegetable oil and cows were distributed y the benefitting twelve welfare associations namely; School for the Handicapped, Kuje, School for the Deaf, Kuje, School for the Blind, Jabi, Lepers colony, Yangoji, Kari Majiji Disabled Community, Motherless Babies’ Home, Karu, Blind Persons, Kari Majiji and Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Bwari.
Others are; Unity Orphanage Home, Gwako, FCT Para Soccer Team, Area 10, Garki, Community Based Vocational Centre, Old Karu and Community Based Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Zuba.
Making the distribution, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, explained that the reason for the gesture by the FCTA was to enable the less privileged in the society enjoy the joys of the season just like the rest of the society.
Ohaa who used enjoined the representatives of the benefitting associations to ensure that the items were judiciously used, also called on residents of the Territory to imbibe the spirit of giving and good neighbourliness as exemplified in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
He equally urged them to use the Christmas season to preach peace and unity in their domains as well as enlighten their members on the need to cooperate with government on policies aimed at ensuring road traffic sanity in the nation’s capital.
“As leaders and influencers of various communities and organisations in the FCT, please use the occasion of Christmas to preach peace harmony and unity in your various domains.
“You are also enjoined to enlighten members of your communities on the need to cooperate with government on the implementation of the safe, functional and efficient traffic policy of the FCTA,” he stressed.
In a welcome address, the Director, Protocol Department, Alhaji Sani Daura, represented by Mr. Terfa Agor had earlier disclosed that twelve welfare associations benefitted from the largesse.
He also commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for making it possible for the needy in the society to have a joyous Christmas and Yuletide season.
Speaking on behalf of the benefitting associations, the Principal, Vocational Rehabilitation centre, Bwari, Comrade Bala Tsoho Musa described the gesture from the FCTA as a duty mandated by God for ‘those that have to do unto those that do not have’.
He prayed that the items presented by the FCTA will be a blessing to the management and staff of the Administration as well as peace and harmony in the FCT.