The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has donated 20 wheel chairs to disabled persons and celebrated with 65 orphanage homes across the six Area Councils of the territory as part of activities to mark her 50th birthday.
The minister who was accompanied by her husband, Alhaji Tijjani Aliyu and the wife of the FCT Permanent Secretary, Lady Pamela Ohaa, said her decision to mark her birthday with orphans and the less privileged in the society was to appreciate God mercies upon her life.
The minister pointed out that children in the orphanage homes should be the collective responsibility of wealthy members of the society.
The minister while describing the Orphans as future leaders, enjoined the children to aspire to become House of Representatives Members, Senators, Ministers, Governors and even President of this country.
“Today is my 50th birthday as you have been told. This is a surprise birthday organised by my well wishers, my indefatigable Team Ramatu who have identified with me come rain, come shine. I want to tell you that you will grow up to 50 years and beyond by God’s grace. You are future leaders of this nation. Among you shall be President, governors and ministers of tomorrow” she prayed.
In his remarks, Alhaji Tijjani Aliyu thanked God for his wife and career progression, and called on the men forks to encourage their wives in any chosen career.
Alhaji Aliyu, also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for recognizing and giving the minister an opportunity to serve.
Earlier, the Vice President of Coalition of Orphanage and Children Homes in Nigeria ( COCHIN), Mr. Kuta Gabriel, thanked the FCT Minister of State for the gesture.
Items donated to the 65 orphanage homes include noodles, spaghetti, assorted drinks and beverages