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Valentine’s Day: Group celebrates feast at old people’s home



The Progressives for Greatness, a social, philanthropic group in Abakaliki, on Friday, celebrated the St. Valentine’s Day at an old people’s home to demonstrate the true essence of the feast.

The group’s President, Mr Okechukwu Mgbada, said during the visit to St. Vincent De Paul Old Peoples and Destitute Home, Abakaliki, that the occasion underscored the need to identify with the less-privileged in society.

Mgbada, who is a member of the state Secondary Education Board, said that the visit became imperative due to the wrong perception about the feast, especially among the youths.

He said: “Most people see the occasion as a period to show love and affection only to their loved ones or family members without identifying with those who have nobody to take care of them.

“The worse is that most youths see it as an occasion to indulge in various forms of sexual immorality, thus increasing the health risks involved in such indulgence.

“We want to assure the inmates of this home that they have not been abandoned. God will always provide people who will identify with them.”

He commended the administrators of the home for effectively catering for the inmates, in spite of the obvious challenges.

“I want to also commend the belief and commitment exhibited by the inmates toward enhancing their lives by engaging in various entrepreneurial ventures.

“This shows that you are not demoralised by your present condition but have the belief in a better life in the future.”

Mgbada urged them to accept the ‘token’ presented by the group, while requesting the administrators to notify him about the pressing challenges confronting the home.

“We will always identify with you and I pledge that you will henceforth be part of our activities for the needed integration,” he said.

Mrs Adamma Obasi-Dunu, the Vice President of the group, called for the proper understanding of the essence of Valentine’s Day, especially among the youths, to check the high rate of immorality in society.

“St. Valentine laid his life for others to live and even if your relatives stayed away from you on this occasion, we will identify with you,” Obasi-Dunu said.

Th Administrator of the home, Mr John Lekpa, thanked the group for the gesture, saying that it would inspire the inmates to live a positive life.

“Toady is a remarkable day in our lives because we have never celebrated this occasion in such a manner.

“This shows that this year will bring good tidings for us and we are extremely happy to be integrated in your scheme of  things,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the gift presented to the home, included food items, clothing and cash, among others.

A major highlight of the visit was the cutting of a Valentine’s cake by the group and the inmates.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Sam Oditah)

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