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Succour comes for Port Harcourt orphanage home

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
10 December 2018   |   3:51 am
The Port Harcourt Children’s Home can finally boast of power supply after an indigenous oil and gas firm, Eroton Exploration and Production Limited, donated a soundproof generating set to the home.

The donations made by Eroton at the Port Harcourt Children’s Home, Elderly Peoples Home and Compassionate Home in Port Harcourt at the weekend.

The Port Harcourt Children’s Home can finally boast of power supply after an indigenous oil and gas firm, Eroton Exploration and Production Limited, donated a soundproof generating set to the home.

The home had sought for power supply for years without help, after the two small generating sets it had broke down leaving the children in the dark. As a result, children in the home had developed skin rashes and various forms of diseases due to lack of adequate ventilation.

The Guardian gathered that the long-term solution to the challenge was the provision of a permanent source of power and building of a spaced edifice/structure, something they had hoped for in the distant future.

However, management of the home was elated at the weekend when Eroton donated the power source to help alleviate their sufferings. Matron of the home, Mrs. Gift Eke, said the generating set would ease some of their challenges and also help to improve the health of the babies.

The firm also donated refrigerator, gas cooker, wrappers and food items to the Elderly People’s Home in Port Harcourt. At Compassionate Home, it awarded N4 million to assist children with special needs undergo surgery. In addition, the firm also awarded scholarship to 40 students in secondary schools drawn from its host communities in Rivers State.

Chief Executive Officer of Eroton, Ebiaho Emafo, said the value of each beneficiary’s scholarships was between N100,000 to N150,000 annually. He gave the assurance that the scholarships would continue until the students complete their secondary education.

Emafo said the scholarships are given because education is one of the company’s pillars and serves as a way of giving back to the host communities.Responding, the Rivers Commissioner for Education, Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja, lauded the company for the gesture, disclosing that the firm is giving back barely four years after it started operations.

“You have started on the right footing and I know you would go places. What happened to other companies will not happen to you; even the prayers of the parents of these children and the students themselves would cause you to excel,” he said.Represented by Mrs. Mae Solomon, a Director, Quantity Assurance Development, at the State Ministry of Education, Jaja urged the students to utilize the opportunity.