As part of activities to celebrate the Christ­mas and New Year with the less privileged in the society, the Social Develop­ment Secretariat of Federal Capital Territory Administra­tion has doled out food items to eight selected orphanage homes across the territory.

The aim, according to the Secretariat is to bring succour to the less privileged in the society and to create aware­ness on the need to show love that will leave a lasting mem­ory on the true meaning of Christmas in the hearts of the less privileged groups.

Addressing journalists after the symbolic presentation of the items to representatives of various orphanages, the Acting Secretary of Social Development Secretariat, Mrs. Irene Elegbede, stressed the need for humanitar­ian services to be extended to these vulnerable groups during and after Christmas, noting that the incumbent FCT Minister, Malam Mu­hammad Bello has over time demonstrated love for the less privileged in FCT.

Mrs. Elegbede also tasked the beneficiary homes to re­ciprocate government ges­ture by ensuring that mem­bers of their group do not constitute nuisance in the so­ciety, just as she assured that the Administration would step-up its humanitarian ser­vices in 2017.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the principal of Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Comrade Bala Tsoho commended the FCT Admin­istration for assisting the less privileged during festive pe­riods, noting that services should not be the responsibility of government alone.

Tsoho assured the FCT Administration that they sin­cerely appreciated the kind gesture, especially at the fes­tive season but however called on public spirited individuals and organisations not to leave the responsibility of the less privileged to the government alone.

The recipients includeded School of the Deaf, Kuje; School for the Handicapped, Kuje; Vocational Rehabilita­tion Centre, Bwari and School of the Blind, Jabi.

Others are Karamajiji Dis­abled Community; Mother­less Babies Home, Karu; Uni­ty Orphanage Home, Gwako and the Lepers Colony, Yan­goji.

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