By Musa Madobi, Kano
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has launched anÂ empowerment scheme for 520 orphans from across all the 44 local Â government areas of the state.Under the programme, 20 orphans each from the eight metropolitan localÂ governments were given N20, 000 cash, while 10 orphans each were fromÂ the remaining 36 local government areas were given the same amount.
Addressing the beneficiaries yesterday in Kano, the governor said hisÂ administration is committed to promoting the welfare of lessÂ privileged children.
Governor Ganduje stated that the state fostering law was amended toÂ facilitate improvement of the lives and security of adopted orphansÂ stressing that taking care of orphans is not only a social obligation
but also a religious duty.
â€œLike every other child, they have a right to decent living andÂ education so that they can contribute meaningfully to nationÂ buildingâ€, the governor stated, adding that children are the greatestÂ assets of nation building.
He, therefore, appealed to wealthy people in the society to supportÂ the education of orphans as well as to encourage them to be creativeÂ so that they can eventually become active contributors to the national
The governor called on foster parents and guardians to treat theÂ orphans under their care properly and to make sure that the childrenÂ acquired sound moral values that would transform them into responsible
Governor Ganduje also used the occasion to flag-off the â€œBuy made inÂ Kano Productsâ€ campaign and the launch of Kano Sate Commerce Week,Â anchored by the state Ministry of Commerce.