CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
By James Emejo
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has donated a "CBN Family House" to the Societies Sociales (SOS) Children's Village in Gwagwalada.
CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said at the inauguration in Abuja that it had become expedient to identify with the less privileged children because the future of the country lies in them.
He said as a responsible corporate citizen, the CBN had had long standing commitment to humanitarian support and educational development.
Sanusi said the bank would also sustain its support for the Family House for the next five years.
He praised the management of the SOS Children facility for its commitment and effort at giving hope and succour to the children.
"We therefore want to assure SOS that the bank appreciates and will continue to support it in its essential mission of ensuring that the less privileged in our society are well catered for," he said.
National Coordinator, SOS Children's Villages Nigeria, Mr. Eghosa Erhumwunse, expressed appreciation for the CBN gesture but said there were substantial evidence that the rights of children were regularly being violated at all levels.
He called on the Federal Government to come up with implementable policies on child right protection.
Erhumwunse said the SOS facility had dire need for water treatment plant for existing borehole and laying of pipe- borne water channel into the village from the Water Board; Construction and equipping of a school library; school funding and subsidy due to growing running cost for children in the community as well as provision of access to Micro-Credit facility to youths who are participating in SOS vocational/entrepreneurial programme.
The SOS villages work in more than 130 countries to support families
and help children who are at risk to grow up in a loving home.