In a bid to support the agricultural yields of farmers in communities hosting Internally Displaced Persons in Benue State, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) has donated over one thousand packs of improved variety cassava stems (Tropica Manihot Escalenta) and maize seedlings to them.
Presenting the seedlings to Rev. Fr. Solomon Ukeyima who facilitated the donation for onward delivery to the beneficiaries, the Programme Officer Health of ESLF, Mr. Dooyum Orkar, it was borne out of the passion of the Founder of ESLF and First Lady of Benue State, Dr. Eunice Ortom, to ameliorate the plight of the vulnerable.
Mr. Orkar conveyed Dr. Ortom’s belief that her modest support would translate to bountiful harvests thereby increasing available food for beneficiaries and promoting their livelihoods and called on concerned authorities to increase effort at making sure displaced persons return to their ancestral homes in the shortest possible time.
He appreciated ESLF’s partners, supporters and collaborators for the effort and resources invested in the project and called on all well-meaning individuals to do their bit to support vulnerable persons.
Speaking earlier, facilitator of the project, Rev. Fr. Solomon Ukeyima commended Dr. Ortom’s motherly disposition and continuous assistance to the less privileged. Fr. Ukeyima disclosed that it was Dr. Ortom’s idea to do a discreet donation but he demanded a public donation as a way of encouraging others to emulate her kind gesture.
He said the donation would go a long way to support some IDPs who got stranded after releocating to their plundered ancestral homes as well as individuals in host communities who are currently supporting IDPS.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Fatherland Agricultural Company, Mr. Atom Gbim-Gbande, thanked the ESLF Founder and First Lady for patronage and for supporting youth enterprise. He disclosed that his company, aside from producing a variety of improved seedlings also has capacity for producing locally fabricated agricultural machineries among other agricultural services.
ESLF is driven by the mission of “building a society without barriers to decent living” through its various thematic areas including agriculture and environment.