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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
While many organised high class birthday party, the Majority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Jamiu Sulaiman Maito, yesterday celebrated his day in a unique manner as he put smiles on the faces of the orphans at the Ondo State Children’s Home, Oba-Ile, Akure, by donating food items and cash to the Home as a way of marking his 50th birthday.
Maito who led his wife and children to the Children’s Home said he is always happy identifying with the orphans to give them sense of belonging.
The food items donated included bags of rice, semolina, salt, cartons of noodles, packets of bottle water and beverages such as maltina, sprite, Bobo/Viju milks; cheese balls and popcorn.
The lawmaker representing Akoko North West Constituency 1 (one) in the state Assembly explained that he was not at the Children’s Home to celebrate but reflect on what God has done in his life and thank Him.
Marking his birthday with the orphans was not the first time as he was also at the centre to do the same last year, apart from reaching out to other less privileged people in the society.
According to Maito, thinking of the less privileged in the society has been part of him ever since his childhood. This, he said he has grown up with and will continue to do to make the society a better place for all to live in.
“I attain the golden age of 50, I have nothing to offer God than praises and adoration. One of the ways of appreciating my God for this golden grace and love for me is to think of the less privileged. I have been privileged to be in this position by God’s grace. There are many others who don’t even have life assurance today, so I think of them too.
” It has been my usual thing that on every 5th of May, which is my birthday, I think of the people who are less privileged in the society and I try to give back by reaching out to them. That is why I came to the Children Home (Orphanage Home), Oba-Ile, to give them what I have for their survival.
“It is just to appreciate God for what he has done for me. This is not the first time, I was here too last year with my wife and children to do the same thing”, he said.
The lawmaker also commended the state government and the management of the Children’s Home for doing their best to take care of the children and give them sense of belongings, just as he called for more support from well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies, saying that government alone cannot do it.
While encouraging the children to always believe in themselves and know that they are not different from all other children, Maito particularly charged them to face their education and concentrate on how to be succeed in life.
Receiving the food items on behalf of the Home, the Director Child Development, Ondo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ogunleye Oluwaniyi, appreciated the lawmaker for always remembering the children even at this trying period.
Oluwaniyi who noted that the children are always happy seeing the lawmaker identifying with them, however, said the children could not come out as usual because of the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the global community.
He also congratulated him on his 50th birthday and prayed God to continue to straighten and perfect his way.
The director stressed that reaching out to the less privileged such as the orphans, widows and other vulnerable people in the society makes our worship before God acceptable.
“Usually, not many people have the idea of visiting Children’s Home like this. Those of us who read the Bible and even the Qur’an will know what God says about this. I remember specifically James chapter 1 vs 27 states the type of worship that is acceptable to God. This involves remembering the orphans or widows in their tribulation.
“Those that don’t have parents, husbands or wives have tribulations in their lives. So, intervening this way makes our worship before God acceptable. And we pray that your worship before God shall be acceptable; God will straighten your path and make your presence in the House of Assembly unique in the history of the House”, Oluwaniyi added.
Also, two representatives of the children who could not hide their joy congratulated the lawmaker and appreciated him for his kind gesture which they said they would continue to treasure.