Imoke lauds Spanish Volunteers!

Posted: June 2, 2011 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized

Cross River State Governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke in south-south attire along side his aides, SSG, Mr. Fidelis Ugbo(1st left,) Commissioner for Women Affairs, Ekama Awara and others

Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke has lauded European Youth Volunteers to Nigeria for the meritorious voluntary services rendered to the State.
Speaking during a farewell cocktail organized by the State Government in honour of the 30 Spanish volunteers in Calabar recently, the Governor contended that their selfless services to Nigeria especially Cross River State, will have a lasting legacy on the lives of those they interacted with during their stay.

While commending the volunteers, who came under the auspices of Association of Mujeres Entre Mundre, a Spain based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), for choosing to work at the Destiny Child Centre, which his administration holds passionately, Imoke maintained that their zeal and commitment in giving the vulnerable children a sense of belonging through vocational training was greatly cherished and will remain monument to those they impacted.

He pointed out that his wife was touched by the dangers the street children were exposed to and decided to establish the Destiny Child Centre in Calabar as a rehabilitation home for the destitute, adding that working for the children was a difficult concept for government in realizing its dreams of giving them confidence and belief in themselves which is what they lack because of the circumstances which they found themselves.

Imoke expressed the hope that as they return to Spain, they will become great tourism Ambassadors of Cross River and Nigeria at large as well as tell their government on the need to collaborate with the state to grow its socio-economic potentials and wished them well in their endeavours.

In his remarks, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Matters, Dr. Ben Ebong, stated that the group was the first European Volunteer group to visit Africa and Cross River as their destination because his office was able to convince them that Cross River State is the most peaceful and hospitable in the country.

He attributed the uniqueness of the State to the leadership style of Senator Liyel Imoke, whom he described as a visionary and people oriented governor that has impacted positively on the lives of the citizenry.

Also speaking, Mr. Gerald Umueze, Project Manager, Destiny Child Centre disclosed that the volunteers, who started their service with the centre in June 2010, had assisted 12 inmates in paying their school fees while engaging others in vocational training for at the centre, adding that their presence with the children was a true destination of volunteerism.

Coordinator of the group, Mr. Roland Edu, who affirmed that it was the first time the European Union would evolve such a number of volunteers to Africa and Nigeria in particular, commended the State Government particularly, Office of the first lady for initiating such laudable programmes as the Destiny Children Centre (DCC) and Partnership Opportunity for Women Economic Realization (POWER) amongst other which the group found interesting to work with, adding that their presence attracted visitors from Spain to Calabar especially during the Calabar Festival.

In her remarks, the President Association of Mujeres Entre Mundos, Mrs. Glory Nkereuwem, said she was overwhelmed by the peace and, love the state Government showed on the volunteers which she described as heroes being the first group from Spain to visit Africa and appealed for more collaborative programmes that will unite Spain and Nigeria.

  1. i´m was a voluntaer in nigeria. i miss nigeria- calabar and sasore.

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