By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€” TOUCHED by the plight of an orphan and a member of Abia State Children Parliament, Master Bernard Hope, wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs. Mercy Orji, has awarded automatic scholarship up to university level to him, sayingÂ her gesture was to save the boyâ€™s bright future.
Mrs. Orji said she took the decision because she saw pains written all over the young boy.
Master Hope, who hails from Orlu in Imo State, lost his parents and was being fostered by an uncle. He lived with them in Umuahia, Abia State capital, but tragedy befell him when the uncle lost his job which forced him to relocate to Lagos. His wife was said to have maltreated Bernard and eventually drove him out of their home.
Luck came the way of Hope, currently a student of Mercy Seminary, Bende,Â Bende Local Government Area of the state, when the Speaker of Abia Children Parliament, Mr. Nneka Eke, presented the pathetic case of BernardÂ to the Governorâ€™s wife during the parliamentâ€™s sitting, tagged The African Child Day held Wednesday at Umuahia North council headquarters.
In her speech during the sitting, Anaga Eke said, â€œwe need to bring to your notice, the pathetic case of Bernard Hope whose parents died with his brother.
â€œHis uncle, who was taking care of him, lost his job and left for Lagos. The wife began to maltreat him and eventually drove him out of their home.â€