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Foundation seeks improved social welfare for women, children

By Oyelekan Itunu
27 November 2021   |   3:37 am
Government at all levels in the country have been urged to prioritise the issue of social welfare as a way of pulling many Nigerians out of poverty and tackling insecurity.

Government at all levels in the country have been urged to prioritise the issue of social welfare as a way of pulling many Nigerians out of poverty and tackling insecurity.

The call was made during an empowerment Programme organised by the Adonai Empowerment Foundation (AEF) in Lagos tagged ‘Compassion 2021’. At the programme, the foundation distributed about 500 cartons of noodles, 600 loaves of bread, 10 cartons of liquid soap, 2000 pieces of Ankara and over 250 schools bags to women and children.

They also provided medical services like cervical cancer screening, eye and malaria tests, among others, to the participants. In his speech, the chairman of the programme, Pastor Lanre Eyinfunjowo, lauded the foundation for sustaining the initiative for 31 years, urging the federal, state and local governments to wake up to their responsibilities.

His words: “This is a unique foundation that has touched the lives of women over the years and I am glad to be associated with it. For instance, they have conducted many health screenings on these women today and given them drugs”

All of us know that in this country the provision of health care is not government’s priority. But we thank God for a foundation like AEF, which has taken it upon itself to care for the needy.

“I don’t have statistics but I know that a lot of people die from these diseases. Early detection and treatment will help to save many lives, which is what the foundation stands for. When you look at the number of women here, it tells you the level of care needed in the society, which has not been given. We need more of this kind of organisation to impact the lives of the less privileged instead of waiting for the government.”

Eyinfunjowo, however, urged the government to wake up to its responsibilities even as he encouraged corporate organisations to support foundations like the AEF to enhance social security in the country.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Olubumi Ikeyo, a mother of eight, praised the foundation for its gesture, revealing that, “they tested me and gave me drugs.”

“They have been doing for us what we are not benefitting from the government. Three years ago, they gave me N45,000 to boost my business. So, they are trying. May God continue to bless them,” she said.

Another beneficiary, Blessing Elue, 46, a widow, also said the organisation has been a blessing to her life and prayed for its growth.

The Founder of the foundation, Mrs ‘Line Oladapo, described the programme as a success, saying: “I feel fulfilled that God is gradually rewarding my commitment. Nobody is paying me; in fact, it takes everything from me but at the end of the day I feel fulfilled.”