*AGN doles out palliatives
By NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
Following the high level of suffering experienced by the orphans, our lady of good remedy Orphanage that situated at Ndiebor Village, Enyigba Community in Abakaliki local government area, the priest incharge, Rev Monk Alo Franklin has requested for help from both federal, state and spirited individuals for proper upbringing of the children.
He made the clarion call recently while appreciating great quantity of palliative items presented to the motherless children at their home by some Nollywood actors and actresses under the agies of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ebonyi State Chapter.
He further advised members of the public not to pay a deaf ear to such children because givers never lack especially such helpless people like them noting that inspite of the austerity starring on their faces through protection death has not been recorded.” We are living from hand to mouth, perhaps either because we at the rural area or people do not know that the home is in existence.”My service is all about caring for one another charitably, though it is a gift from above but inspite of all odds, God has not allowed us to record death of anyone” he said.
The Rev. further disclosed that 17 inmates whom he and his workers are caring for presently are the 4th batch of the children since the establishment of the orphanage and the past three sets ranging between 25 to 30 children already grown had been handed over to their relatives.According to him, the parentless children are usually brought to him from various parts of the state by their relatives and as a result appealed appealed to government at all level to come to the aid in the way of drilling borehole and provision of vehicles to enable them attend church services on Sundays.
He expressed surprise on how they were sighted and thanked AGN members over their gesture which he described as one of its kind and advised other people to emulate their good work.
However, AGN Chairman, Ebonyi State chapter, Hon (Mrs) Ezeugo Ngozichika told us that her members were motivated by the need to complement government effort in giving palliative items to the downtrodden.”After we have seen the havoc caused by COVID 19 and the state government effort through Engr David Umahi, we deemed it necessary to help at our own capacity so that greater number of indigent persons will reached” she said.She added that it was in their bid to make the event remarkable that prompted their visit to the Orphanage where the children were showered with the following items :cartons of instant indomie noodles, over 25kg of rice, rolls of toilet tissue, facemasks and other valuables.AGN Secretary, Mr Victor Nkwonta explained that they considered it wise to observe their Palliative Day with indigent persons as a complement to government effort in cushioning the effect of the covid 19 pandemic to ameliorating their sufferings.”Before now, we have seen government effort and based on that, we felt to assist at our capacity by reaching out to the motherless children, leprosy home and roadside beggars, all within Abakaliki town and its surburb” he said.
He also advised all and sundry to always observe the pandemic safety protocols by washing hands regularly, wearing facemasks, creating possible distancing among others to curtail the further spread of the virus.
The Pioneer Chairman, Mr Godwin Nnamdi Okoro, Public Relation Officer, Mr Uchenna Mathias and Director of Guild Services, Miss Stephanie Ebere Okereke respectively expressed joy for putting smile on the faces of the poor ones.” We thank God for giving us the enablement to affect lives positively, it is based on our quest to achieve the feat that we levied ourselves” they said.
He also appreciated the doggedness of his colleagues in making the event memorable and appealed for unity among them.