By Miracle Enuji
In commemoration of the 62nd birthday of Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Zenith Bank Plc through O5 Initiative on Monday, August 2, 2021, presented Managers Cheques to Orphanages in the State.
The tradition which started in 2017, has seen the partners, reach out to 21 orphanages in Delta State with a total Cheque sum of N10 million Naira.
The Cheque presentation to Care Givers for the upkeep of orphans in their various custody, is at the desire of Governor Okowa to celebrate his Birthdays with the less privilege in the society.
Wife of the Governor and Founder, O5 initiative, Dame Edith Okowa while flagging off the presentations, charged the Care Givers to make judicious use of the funds for the welfare of the orphans.
Dame Okowa further applauded the gesture of Zenith Bank PLC for the consistent partnership with the Delta State Government, her husband and O5 Initiative in reaching the less privilege in the society.
In her words; “As you are aware, this programme which started in 2017 is done annually by Zenith Bank through the O5 Initiative to mark the birthday of my dear Husband Senator Dr Ifeanyichukwu Okowa who at the inception of this administration made a passionate appeal to Deltans to take care of orphans instead of organizing parties in his honour.
“Zenith Bank Nigeria PLC keyed in and have been consistent with this presentation as part of the Vision of the O5 Initiative to care for Orphans .
This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our eyes, even when the world is going through hard times, there is still supply for the needy. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless Zenith Bank, your story will be from glory to glory in Jesus name.
I want to urge our caregivers to use these funds judiciously to add value to the lives of our Children, ensure the are given the best.
She challenged well meaning individuals and corporate bodies to take a cue from the kind gesture of Zenith Bank, saying, “do not wait until you have so much, with the little you have you can join us in Changing our World one person at a time”.
Presenting the cheque on behalf of Zenith Bank Plc, Senior Assistant Manager, Eruke Omorogieva who represented the the Group Zonal Head, Lucky Ighade, said that they were delighted to be partners with the Delta State Government and what Governor Okowa does.
A breakdown of the birthday reachout to orphanages in the State since inception shows that, in 2017, St Job Orphanage Agbor, Mother of Divine Grace Asaba and Little Saints Orphanage Warri received the total sum of N2 Million Naira.
In 2018, Heart of Delta Uvwie, Eagles Hand Orphanage Warri and City of David Mission Home Asaba received the sum of N2 Million Naira.
For 2019, Mother of Divine Grace Asaba, St Barnabas Orphanage Asaba and Children Revolutionary Centre Oleh also shared the sum of N2 Million Naira.
During the peak of the Covid Pandemic in 2020, the number of benefitting orphanages were increased and spread across the three senatorial districts. The Orphanages were, St Anne’s Uvwie, Orem Orphanage Ughelli, Ojone Marvis Ogwashi Uku, Charity Orphanage Agbor, Kings Kids Warri and Potters House Warri
This year, 2021, Shepherd Care Orphanage, St Joseph Orphanage Oghara, Trinitarian Orphanage Asaba, Great Saint Orphanage Issele Uku, Crown Kids Orphanage Effurun and Aruka Peace Foundation made the beneficiary’s list.