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NUJ donates food to orphanage homes

By The Citizen
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The Kaduna State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists on Saturday donated food worth thousands of naira to two Zaria based orphanages.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the beneficiaries were the State Government Orphanage and the Beth-Torry Home in Zaria.

Chairman of the Union, Alhaji Yusuf Idris, said the gesture was to give the orphans a sense of belonging.

Idris, represented by his deputy, Malam Isma'il Onipidan, said the donation was part of activities to mark the union's Press Week.

'These items are for the benefit of the children/inmates of these orphanages.

'As journalists, we believe that we should not only gather and disseminate information, but also assist in whichever way we can.

'The council holds its press week annually and goes to orphanages to make donations'', he said.

The chairman said his council had facilitated the release of 10 prison inmates as part of the activities marking the week.

He, therefore, called on the management of the homes to make judicious use of the items donated.

The Officer-in-Charge and the Matron of the homes, Malam Kabir Is'haq and Mrs Ruth Andrew respectively, thanked the union for the concern and urged it to sustain the tempo.

They described the gesture as a clear indication of interest in the orphans and inmates, recalling that the council had extended a similar gesture to both homes two years ago.

The officials assured the council that all the items donated would be used judiciously for the good of the beneficiaries.

NAN reports that items donated included rice, spaghetti, detergents, sugar, cooking oil and noodles, among others.