Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
TwoÂ Ekiti State indigenes who were adopted by a Dutch couple 12 years agoÂ have pleaded with the state government to place a high premium on the upkeep of the children in orphanages.
The duo said this thursday whenÂ their foster parents,Â Donald and Gertruda Boots, brought them home to familiarise them with their immediate relatives.
The two brothers, aged 17 and 14, were a product of a poverty-stricken polygamous family, but wereÂ adopted by the couple in 2005 duringÂ the first tenure of the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
The eldest son, Joshua, who expressed his joy to be at home, thanked the state government and every other person that took part inÂ the adoption process, saying their fortunes have improved tremendously.
Receiving the couple and the children at her office in Ado Ekiti, the wife of the governor, Mrs.Â Feyisetan Fayose, expressedÂ joy over the radical turnaround of theirÂ lives, saying seeing them in good health and high spirits was pleasing and fulfilling to her as a mother.
She noted that her interest in theÂ welfare of the two children informed her decision to personally visit them in Amsterdam in 2006 during her first time in office, saying, â€œHonestly, l am happy to see them backÂ home in good health and high spirit.â€
Mrs. Fayose however, regretted the inability of her husband toÂ personally receive the couple and the two boys due to the fact that the governor was on an official engagement outside the state.
SheÂ thanked the couple for taking care of the two children as if they were their biological children, and prayed for the long life andÂ prosperity of the Boots family.
Speaking earlier, Donald said they decidedÂ to bring them back home, so as to familiarise themselves with members of their immediate family.
He said their education would not beÂ completed if the two boys were unable to trace their roots.