By: EDEM DARLINGTON, Calabar
Street children in Calabar popularly known as ‘Skolombo’ smiled away with various items to mark this year’s valentine day celebration.
The gesture was courtesy of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Cross River State branch. The event saw the street children went home with toiletries, blankets, food items among other things.
Speaking at the occasion, youth Coordinator of the Branch, Mr. Agbor Okim said the gesture was to contribute their little quota and share among the street children in commemoration of what the saint Valentine stood for.
“what we are doing here today is our own way of telling these children that we are with them even in their toughest moment. This is what Red Cross stands for. Unbehlaf of our leaders in the state, who have stood with us to ensure we put a smile on the faces of these children we want to say thank you.
“We cant even stand the smell that is coming out of the place but to show them that we are truly with them we have to stay there just to make them feel relaxed. It could have been any of us. And so we hope that next time we will be able to do much more than we have done today” he said.
Mr. Okim also expressed appreciation to the leadership of the society in the state led by Prof. Ngim, the State Secretary, Mr. Godfrey and the entire Excos of the Society.
The issue of street children in Calabar assumed a major cause for concern with advent of a deadly cult group known as Skolombo giving rise to alot of security challenge in the state.
On assumption of office in May 2015, the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade launched a military task force to curb the security menace.
In marking this year’s saint Valentines day celebration, the Nigerian Red Cross Society in Cross River State took the gesture to the suburb of Ikot Effanga Mkpa along Lemna road at the refuse dump site where the street children take shelter living in shanties.