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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended the significant impact made by Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) and its Founder and State First Lady, Dr. Eunice Ortom, in carrying out various humanitarian interventions that have touched many lives.

Governor Ortom gave this commendation in Makurdi during the Public Presention of the Book, “Eunice Spring of Life Foundation: Establishment, Development and Impact”, which chronicles ESLF’s achievements since its establishment in May 2016.

The Governor who who said he was impressed by the many manifestations and achievements recorded by the Foundation, noted that the organisation, which started small had grown and made tremendous impact in the lives of people.

Speaking at the occasion, the Founder of ESLF, Dr. Eunice Ortom who said she considered it an uncommon favour for a book to be written about her and her modest achievements in providing humanitarian services for the most vulnerable, called on all to be prepared to serve earnestly and honestly in whatever position adding that responsibilities do come with attendant expectations that should be met.

Dr. Ortom commended the contributors and editors for focusing on ESLF and penning down their thoughts on how society could best benefit from individual and corporate efforts noting that, “in critically spotlighting my supportive role as wife of the Executive Governor of the State, you have successfully analysed the impactful role of women in politics, governance and development”.

While stating that the book was “a compilation of essays and written presentations about the vision, progress, prospects and impacts of ESLF to the society”, the First Lady pointed out that “the objective approach, constructive criticisms and appraisal of this work has led to identifying gaps and providing recommendations that will lead to sustainable progress for spouses of public officers”. She praised the fact that the book generally recognised the effective role women play to achieve a better society.

Dr. Ortom who commended her husband for supporting her dreams and drive to impact on the lives of people, called on successive governors to support their spouses to enable them achieve outstanding feats that should surpass hers for the betterment of humanity.

The ESLF Founder appreciated the people of Benue for accepting and participating in the Foundation’s programmes, acknowledged productive partnerships by individuals, corporate organisations and development partners that has helped ESLF’s journey thus far.

Presenting the book to the public, State Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, said the very well written book makes for an interesting read and stating that, given the pedigree of the Founder, he was not, in the least surprised that the Foundation became the monumental success it is and has helped the hopes of women, girls, children, youths and the physically challenged to be actualized”.

Reviewing the book earlier, Prof. Zara Kwaghe said the well-researched book, edited by Prof. Member Euginia George-Genyi and Dr. Elijah Terdoo Ikpanor has 358 pages, 17 chapters and revolves round the contributions of pet projects to nation building with a focus on ESLF.

Also speaking, former Director General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii, wife of the State Deputy Governor, Justice Mary Abounu, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba, representatives of members of the National Assembly and other invitees, extolled the virtue of Dr. Ortom and commended the many good works she has been able to accomplish through ESLF.

Earlier in her remarks, Prof. Genyi, said the Dr. Ortom had made impact in the health, education and economic empowerment of women, children and youths, noting that the ESLF Founder followed in the trail blazed by former First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Maryam Babangida who had set the pace for an organisation like ESLF.

Emmanuel Enenche Umele


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