LERA recognises senior citizens, corporate organisations, others at award night
Lekki Residents Association (LERA), under the chairmanship of Sir Kayode Otitoju, has given awards of recognition to senior citizens residents who are 80-year-old and above in order to appreciate them for their immense contributions to the growth of the community, as well as celebrate them for staying put over the years irrespective of all odds.
The award, which was in three categories, took place at Lekki Phase1 last weekend and was graced by not just the awardees, but also other residents, friends, family members, corporate organisations and others who dressed in style to the evening treat.
In his address Otitoju said that in the past, little or no recognition was accorded senior residents, citizens, past leaders and a number of companies that give back to Lekki Community where their operation is domiciled, hence the need for the three categories: LERA 80 Years Plus Residents’ Award; LERA Leadership Award and LERA Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
“It is common deed by most societies to relegate the elderly, they do not remember the impact they have made for the society anymore, so LERA felt the need to celebrate 80-years-and-above residents of Lekki who still live in the community despite the short-falls of the community and country as a whole,” he said.
Addressing the media, Otitoju talked about the selection criteria for awardees: “We have this calibre of elderly people in Lekki whom we cannot oversight or underestimate as most of them have contributed immensely to the growth and serenity of the community.
So we sent letter to the 11 zones in Lekki to supply the names of the elderly who are 80-years and above in their different zones and they forwarded the names.
Lekki is a melting pot consisting of people from every nook and cranny of Nigeria and foreigners, and LERA has a constitution that ensures that the welfare and wellbeing of residents are prioritised and our members pay residents’ dues. The companies operating here pay corporate dues and also get a number of things done voluntarily in the community as CSR.
“LERA during my tenure has done a lot of things to improve the community; we were able to get beggars off the streets. Also, from time-to-time we get the Ministry of Youth and Social Development to remove people who loiter around like sex hawkers in the community. We get the government to help them learn skills that takes them off the unethical activity and better their lives,” he added.
Otitoju, however, advised government to provide a comfortable old people’s home across the local government areas in the country, also create effectual welfare policy for the aged and seek advise from them as it would better their service to the nation because these people have seen it all and have in-depth knowledge of how things should be done.
Thirty awardees bagged the Over 80 Years Residents Award, seven corporate organisations won LERA Corporate Social Responsibility Award, and five awardees won LERA Leadership Awards.