As part of the activities to mark his 49th birthday, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi commissioned a library donated to the Association Badamia by the Port Harcourt World Book Capital on 28th May, 2014.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi with Mrs. Koko Kalango & Mrs. Madeleine Poirier
Lamenting the plight of abandoned children, Governor Amaechi attributed the high number of abandoned children to the level of poverty in Nigeria. According to the governor “If the parents of these children are gainfully employed in agriculture for instance, they will not be on the street struggling for survival. Agriculture remains a viable tool for scaling down the level of unemployment in the state. It is only a man who provides for his family that has the guts to ask his wife where she is coming from.’
Mrs. Madeleine Poirier and Mrs. Obioma Ogakwu
Mrs. Koko Kalango, Founder of the Rainbow Book Club thanked the governor for making time out of his busy schedule to commission the facility. In her address, she explained that the Give-a-Teen-a-Book donation drive was initiated by the Rainbow Book Club to help put books in the hands of disadvantaged children. The initiative involves getting books from well-meaning Port Harcourt residents and donating them to children who would otherwise not have access to books. To achieve this, the Rainbow Book Club established drop-off points across the city where books were received from willing donors.
In her remarks, the Founder of Association Badamia, Mrs. Madeleine Poirier expressed satisfaction over the development. “We at Badamia Association are happy and grateful to the Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014 and the state governor for this giant stride towards empowering the youths. This library will be fully put to use.”
Governor Amaechi receiving Birthday gift from the children.
In appreciation of the donation, the boys at the home sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to the governor and presented him with a gift made by one of them.
Governor Amaechi who turned 49 the previous day had visited the New Church State School in Degema where he read to children as part of the Rivers State Reads campaign.