<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
Governor Samuel Ortom has stated that the Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, ESLF, the pet project of his wife, Dr. Eunice Ortom, surpassed expectations within two years of existence.
He spoke yesterday at Doo Place during a dinner organized to mark the two-year anniversary of the Foundation.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, Governor Ortom said the foundation has impacted lives positively in health, education, agriculture, and empowerment.
He said its founder has set high standards for the foundation, noting that the success story of ESLF was a result of brilliance and creativity.
The Governor noted that as part of efforts of his administration to encourage and support non governmental organizations, NGOs, N500 million had been budgeted in 2018 for donations to them even as he urged public spirited individuals and groups to fund such organizations.
He charged the media to propagate the good work of the foundation so that the public could be acquainted with its activities.
In her remarks, wife of the Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom, who attributed the success of her NGO to the support of its partners said the event was put together to honour and appreciate them.
She noted that the foundation appreciated them for believing in its cause to impact lives positively, even as she also thanked the beneficiaries for availing themselves to be moulded, stressing that God had used them to perfect the goals and intentions of the foundation.
In various goodwill messages, wife of the Deputy Governor, Justice Mary Abouno, Director General, National Council for Women Development, Mrs. Mary Ekpere, representatives of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Mrs. Regina Akume, among other partners, lauded the achievements of ESLF, stressing that Dr. Mrs. Ortom would be remembered through her works.
Programme Manager, Mr. Tine Agernor and Mr. Manz Denga, interim Cordinator, said the foundation through its health care services alone had reached out to over 40,000 people and was currently treating 20 cancer patients in addition to the ongoing construction of a drug rehabilitation centre.
These, according to them, excludes the many educational and economic empowerment programmes executed by the foundation which had impacted positively on the less privileged.