By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
In order to cushion the expenses of seven less privileged families with multiple births, battling to survive, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has pledged the sum of five million naira to them.
The Administration announced the donation yesterday when the management of Social Development Secretariat (SDS) presented the seven families with multiple births living in penury.
Disclosing the donation, FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka revealed that the four families with twins will get N500,000 each, while three families with triplets were going to receive onene million naira each for feeding and upkeeps, bringing the total sum to N5 million.
He said the families that were considered for the cash gift are those with twins and triplets without proper means of livelihood, noted that multiple births were gift from God and should be seen as a blessing, not a curse .
Permanent secretary also reiterated the commitment of the administration to remain keen to the welfare of destitute families begging on the streets.
“These families were sleeping under the bridges and uncompleted building, and as administration that is concerned with the well-being of its people we have selected these ones with critical issues.
“We are going to support them with menial jobs, subventions, so that they would be out of the streets.
“The young man, the father of triplets, a driver, will go through the process of test and if he succeeds, we will offer him a driving job, to help him fend for his family.”
On his part, FCT Senator, Philip Aduda who was on a courtesy visit to the permanent secretary also donated the sum of one million to the families.
He commended the FCT Administration for the guesture, and urged the beneficiaries to accept the situation as an act of God, and not to attempt running away from it.
Earlier, Acting Secretary, SDS, Hajya Safiya Umar, said recent security reports revealed some women with multiple children were found under the bridges of Kubwa and other places.
Umar added that because of these multiple births, some of the husbands ended up divorcing the wives, resulting to them begging for alms.
Not left out, one of the beneficiaries and father of triplets, Mr. Eze Chuks, who was visibly emotional, thanked the FCT Administration for the gesture, saying the support will uplift the living conditions of the families.