Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA donates N5m to families of multiple births

Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has donated the sum of N5million to seven less privileged families with multiple births, battling to survive due to their low income in the territory. 

The administration announced the donation, last week, when the management of Social Development Secretariat, SDS, presented the seven families with multiple births, but living in penury. 

Disclosing the donation, FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, revealed that the four families with twins will get N500,000 each, while three families with triplets are going to receive N1 million each for their feeding and other upkeep, bringing the total sum to N5 million. 

He said the families that were considered for the cash gift are those with twins and triplet without proper means of feeding their kids. 

He noted that multiple births were gift from God and should be seen as a blessing, not a cause. 

Furthermore, the permanent secretary pledged the administration's commitment to remain keen to the welfare of destitute families begging on the streets. 

According to him, "these families were sleeping under the bridges and uncompleted buildings, and as administration that is concerned with the well-being of its people we have selected these ones with critical issues. 

"We are going to support them with menial jobs, subventions, so that they would be out of the streets. 

"The young man (A father of triplets) that is a driver will go through the process of test and if he succeeds, we will offer him a driving job, to help him fend for his family." 

Ohaa, however, appealed to the affected families to take the issue of family planning seriously, noting that government resources are not enough to run a charity outfit. 

On his part, FCT Senator, Philip Aduda, who was on a courtesy visit to the permanent secretary also donated the sum of N1 million to the families.  

He commended the FCT Administration for the gesture, and urged the beneficiaries to accept the situation as an act of God, and not to attempt running away from it. 

Earlier, SDS Acting Secretary, Hajya Safiya Umar, said recent security reports revealed some women with multiple children were found under the bridges of Kubwa and other places. 

Umar added that because of these multiple births, some of the husbands ended up divorcing their wives, leading them alms begging. 

One of the beneficiaries and father of triplets, Mr. Eze Chuks, who was visibly emotional, thanked the FCT Administration for the gesture, saying the support will uplift the living conditions of the families.    

 

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