By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Wealthy Nigerians have been advised to set aside at least some percentage of their wealth towards assisting the less privileged persons in our society.
It is regrettable to note that there are thousands of widows and orphans across the country seeking for help without any attention.
The call was made by the Founder of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Blessed Fruit Foundation (BFF) Otumba Solar Fosudo, while inaugurating the Cross River state chapter at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Efut Abia.
By so doing, he said, “alot of widows and orphans keep their hope alive”.
According to him, “it is better to give than to receive. It is a strategy. You don’t have to give 1million Naira but you can start with a little sum”.
He call on the various governments to set up infrastructures where foundations can get help so as to transfer such helps to the less privileged especially the widows and orphans.
However, he said, Blessed Fruit Foundation is founded by God and does not like politicising its activities and programmes.
Fosudo commended some wealthy Nigerians who are into charity and urged them to do better by reaching out to the widows and orphans out there seeking for help.
He said “more Nigerians needed to understand the importance of helping the less privileged in our society. The more generous you are, the more you are blessed. Givers don’t lack”.
The over 500 widows and orphans in Lagos have been trained in various acquisition skills under its business empowerment department over the years.
He expressed satisfaction with support and awareness created in Cross River state at the inauguration.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Dr. Patrick Umoh, commended Mrs. Grace Ifeoma Orabuche, for setting up the foundation in memory of her late husband Cornelius Ekwunife Orabuche.
He called on well spirited Cross Riverians as well as business men and women in the state to support this worthy cause of caring for the widows and orphans.
He said “I am passionate about this foundation because of who late Orabuche was to him and the family”.
Umoh advised her to be focussed so that her dream and vision will not die.
Also speaking, the chapter founder of BFF, Mrs. Orabuche, thanked God for the inauguration of the Blessed Fruit Foundation to Widows and orphans in honour of late Cornelius Orabuche who lived a life of selfless service to mankind.
She said “having passed through the ugly experience of widowhood for six years and also looking for a way to reduce the burden of widowhood, I got in contact with the founder”.
Ifeoma added “having known what it is about, I am calling the good people of Cross River state to rise up with me and keep th4 hope of these suffering widows and orphans alive by helping me educate and empower them to be strong and care for themselves for a better tomorrow”.
For the widows and orphans, she said, “keep praying for your helper no matter how small for God will never allow your tears to flow in vain”.
The parish priest of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Efut Abua, Rev.Fr. Joseph Agbor, officiated the memorial mass/inauguration of the Calabar-Based chapter of Blessed Fruit Foundation (BFF) and dedicated to the glory of God Almighty.
He prayed God to give her the wisdom and strength to pilot the programme as planned by God for her.
The occasion was climaxed by the presence of some benefactors of the foundation live.