By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” FORMER First Lady of Edo State, Mrs Eki Igbinedion, has granted scholarship to ten orphans, just as she donated ten wheel chairs and food items to ten indigent families in the state.
Mrs Igbinedion, who made the donations during the graduation ceremony of the Youth Resource Centre and ten years celebration of her pet project, Idia Renaissance, recalled when she established the centre ten years ago, adding that with the success recorded so far in the centre, she had disappointed those who thought she would abandon the centre after her husband left office as governor of the state.
She disclosed that the passion to address the ills and stigma associated with human trafficking and prostitution propelled her to establish the centre.
She added that, â€œwhen I established, I was threatened on several occasions, but I remained focussed because I want the best for our people. I always feel bad when I travel out and people form this part of the country are always associated with prostitution.
â€œI made sure that these girls were brought back home and rehabilitated. I was chastised by some persons who thought I was doing the wrong thing. But I am glad today with the level of success we have recorded. We have been able to train thousands of girls in this centre, even without any government fund. We got help from international organisations ” meaning Nigerians who believe in our course and today we have no regret in what we have doneâ€ she stated.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole who graced the occasion, expressed surprise with the doggedness of Mrs Igbinedion, saying that â€œ unlike most Nigerians or first ladies, they would have abandoned the project after they left office. So I am impressed with what I have witnessed in this center and I want to assure you of the support of the state government.
â€œEvery well meaning Nigerian should encourage this sort of project and I am glad because it is in line with our resolve to provide employment for our youths in the state.
Any body who does not support this sort of project does not mean well for the common manâ€ he stated.