The Vice-President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has put out a clarion call for the assistance of orphans across the country.
Osinabajo urged the people who are well to do in the society to extend a helping hand to orphans and children who do not have guardians.
He added that being an orphan cannot be used to measure the future of an individual since some of the great men in history were orphans.
Osinbajo made his submission at the inauguration of a charity and social development centre, called Dorian Home built by a philanthropist, Dr Tolulola Bayode in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Osinbajo said, “We are confronted with a huge challenge. In 2015, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development estimated that there were about 17.5 million orphans and vulnerable children in a nation of about 200 million people. That is close to nine per cent of the population. Sadly, this number has increased over the years due to violence, conflicts, communal clashes in different parts of the country.
“There is a large number of widows and vulnerable women and again due to conflicts in different parts of the country, the number has grown. Millions of orphaned children need spaces to grow and to thrive and ensure that their physiological needs are met, a place where they are cared for and trained. The women after harrowing situations also need spaces where they can begin to rebuild; that is why places like Dorian Home initiatives are needed.”