The Edo State Government has urged residents of the state to show love to orphans and the less privileged as they celebrate Christmas.
Addressing journalists in Benin after presenting gift items to children at the Project Charilove Foundation, Governor Godwin Obaseki said his government is committed to the welfare of all citizens, including the less privileged.
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“We decided to give gifts, including clothes, toys and other items to orphans in the state in line with our commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of the less privileged, especially during this season of Christmas.
“We also presented various toys to the children so that they can have something to play with at their leisure time,” he said.
Represented by Mrs Maria Edeko, the Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues, Obaseki said the items are meant for the children to use in celebrating Christmas.
“Christmas Day, we want the children to be dressed up in these beautiful clothes as it is what a good father does for his children.
“These children are God’s creatures. God gave them to us and we are happy because every gift from God is a good gift,” he said.
The founder, Project Charilove Foundation, Chris Omusi, represented by Edna Ikalumhe, expressed appreciation to the state government for the show of love.
Some of the items donated by the state government are intelligent sticks, sunglasses, jean trousers, T-shirts, flutes, puzzle toys, power bikes, drawing and writing boards, and scrabble for children.