A Jos-based philanthropist, Sheikh Hasri Abubakar, has founded a first-ever private orphanage home in Plateau state, Anwarul Fidah Orphanage, for the indigent children.
Speaking with newsmen while commissioning the home, Mr Abubakar disclosed that he was moved to establish the centre by the worsening situation most orphans find themselves in the state.
He said: “Whenever I look at most of our youths who are into drugs, I notice that they lack proper care and attention. And that moved me to come up with this orphanage home, believing that we can do something by Allah’s will to support and protect the upcoming ones.”
According to him, to begin with, the first phase of the home will accommodate 40 inmates, hoping that in the nearest future the remaining space would be built to accommodate others.
“We intend to draw first in-takes from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, because at first the children have lost their parents and war has ravaged their areas, but now we have commenced with 20 children – 10 boys and 10 girls,” he pointed out.
Mr Salihu stressed that all the 20 children were medically screened to ensure that none is having any illness that could be transmitted to others.
“We already have nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions up to Diploma level. So we will enrol all of them to learn, we will also teach them Qur’an and Islamic studies,” he added.
Also speaking, the Administrative Secretary of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, Plateau State Branch, Sheikh Abdul’azez Yusuf, urged Muslims across the country to establish orphanage homes for moral and religious values on children.
He said: “I am urging all Islamic groups in the state to religiously support or build orphanage homes with available resources at their disposal.”
He expressed hope that the state government would also support the orphanage, stressing that the establishment of the orphanage would go a long way in complementing government’s efforts of making society better
“If Politicians are giving alms, then here is a place where they should also channels their alms to support the orphanage,” he stressed.
While delivering his goodwill message, Reverend Ayuba Kuki of Gidan Bege Orphanage in Jos, said: “God has ordained that we should take good care of children, most importantly orphans.
“Our problem today is that we don’t care much about the children and orphans, and that is why our children are involved in so many bad things.”