National President, Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Obi Casmir has applauded Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma for adopting a 9 year old street hawker, who exhibited singing talents.
Casmir said that Governor Uzodimma did well by taking up the responsibility to sponsor Master Joseph Opara aspiring to be a priest.
Opara, who hawked local pear on the street of Owerri, the state capital, made waves on the internet at the weekend with a video of his Catholic hymn songs.
The video caught the attention of Governor Uzodimma, who announced on Sunday that he had adopted Opara as his child and would sponsor him from primary school to Catholic priesthood.
“I am highly impressed with Governor Uzodimma of Imo State, he is indeed a good father for identifying with that boy, who was hawking and singing his Catholic songs.
“With the scholarship and adoption, the boy’s ambition has been secured, and I must say that it is worth more than money.
“The video went viral and people watched it, but Governor Uzodimma saw it and was moved by the boy’s melodious voice which made him to go this extra mile,” he said.
He said that the scholarship would be a big relief to Opara’s parents.
Imo state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Declan Emelumba, visited Opara in his home at the Nekede Mechanic Village, Owerri, to break the good news to his family.