By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”A Yenagoa-based NGO, Areuera Reachout Foundation, the pet project of the wife of the Vice-President, Dame Patience Jonathan, has taken up the challenge of providing medical support and assistance to people with heart conditions as well as rehabilitation of female ex-convict in the Niger Delta.
Dame Jonathan, who disclosed this, yesterday, at the graduation ceremony of trainees of the foundation held in Yenagoa, said the group would continue to be an instrument of poverty alleviation and social unity.
She described the empowerment of individuals as an essential aspect of human capital development necessary in the meaningful development of any nation and reiterated her commitment to addressing the challenges confronting women and youths, especially in the Niger Delta.
Her words: â€œAreuera Reachout Foundation is not limited to vocational training alone and we have been able to acquire and distribute farming and fishing implements, such as canoes, fishing nets, seedlings, hoes and machetes to subsistence farmers and fishermen in order to increase their capacity and ultimately boost their income.
â€œWe are also taking on new responsibilities such as the provision of medical support and assistance to the people with heart conditions as well as the rehabilitation of female ex-convicts.â€
According to her, â€œGlobal trend has increasingly demonstrated that government alone cannot create all the wealth in view of the limited resources at its disposal, hence the need to deliberately encourage the citizens to participate in activities that will reduce the poverty level.â€
In her remark, the Executive Vice Chairman, Moni Pulo Limited, Mrs. Seinye Olu Lulu-Briggs, commended Dame Jonathan for initiating the project which, according to her, had not only given the people what they needed to live but to succeed in life.
â€œWe are all aware of the needs of Niger Delta. No one knows our story better than us. We do not need anyone to tell us that we lack manpower development, neither do we need any body to tell us that any change in our condition must originate from us; this is the reality today that we live with everyday,â€ she said.
Mrs. Seinye Olu Lulu-Briggs urged the graduands to persevere in their chosen endeavour if they must succeed in life.
â€œFor may of us in the Niger Delta, we have lost our men folk, not only to the natural attrition caused by old age, ill health and death, but also to ongoing peculiar internal crisis which has left many of us very vulnerable and open to the various storms of life.
â€œThe training you have been given by A. Aruera Reachout Foundation is one that is geared to help you become useful to yourself and to those who you are responsible for,â€ she admonished the graduands.