Daily Trust (Abuja)

20 November 2012

Nigeria: Sanusi Commissions CBN House At Abuja Children's Village

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Sunday formally commissioned the CBN family house built by the bank for the SOS Children Village, Gwagwalada Abuja.

Speaking at the commissioning, Sanusi said, "We know what it takes in our cultural, religious beliefs and humanitarian thought to take care of children who are orphans or who are denied parental care and we know the importance of grooming these children."

According to him, "the CBN is pleased to sponsor this home and shall sponsor these children for this year. I will like to announce that the CBN will continue to sponsor a number of children and will probably increase the number and will sponsor them for the next five years."

Sanusi responded to one of the immediate needs of the home by pledging to personally build a water treatment plant for them.

Speaking earlier,the National Director, SOS Children Villages in Nigeria Eghosa A. Erhumwunse said the programme started in Austria as a result of the second World War, adding that in 1973 after the Civil War, the first SOS Village was set up in Isolo Lagos to work with children and ensure that they have a loving home.

He said, "We have almost 17 million children who are orphans and vulnerable and it is obvious that these facilities you are seeing here cannot cater for these children so we need to put in place more synergy to respond to the need of children."

He solicited corporate organizations, individuals and government's support in construction and equipping a library, school funding and subsidy, alternative power generation system (solar energy) among others.

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