Edo state government vows to sponsor Arik stowaway boy up to university level

Edo State Government has stated that it was ready to ensure that the stowaway teenager, Daniel Oikhena, achieves his dreams of travelling abroad by sponsoring him up to university level.

Making this disclosure, the Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Louise Odion, said that Governor Adams Oshiomhole was ready to ensure that Daniel gets the best education, noting that the feud between parents of the boy had affected his upbringing.

Odion said, “Edo State Government is already taking steps to ensure that Daniel gets not just material but also psychological support to enable him achieve his God given potentials. As a doting parent himself, Governor Oshiomhole has followed the development closely. As a matter of fact, he personally engaged Daniel.

“From his interaction with him and his parents, who unfortunately are separated, it is obvious that there is a deficit in terms of parental care, even though he sounds quite intelligent. We will ensure that Daniel benefits first of all from the intervention of clinical psychologists. His psyche needs to be weaned off destructive anger.”

“Thereafter, we will assist Daniel up to university level, in line with the philosophy of Oshiomhole that every Edo child gets quality education that not only addressed the cognitive, but also the affective and psycho-motor domains as well.”

Meanwhile, the mother of the boy, Mrs. Evelyn and her husband are currently at war after the former was accused of depriving the husband, Osaigbovo access to members of the public since the stowaway saga started, but the family of the woman described the attitude of the husband as disappointing. They said, “ he decided to appear now thinking that money is involved but he abandoned the children all these while, it is shameful.”

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