Rotary Club, OHF provide clothing for Makoko slum residents
Respite came the way of 250 indigent residents of Makoko community, Lagos, as the Rotary Club of Idimu High-Rise, in partnership with Ojuolape Humanitarian Foundation (HHF), donated items to them.
According to the organisers, the items were native, English, and casual wears, with foot-wears for adults and children. They included 150 shirts, 113 trousers, 102 jeans, 60 T-shirts, 143 pair of native wears; and four sets of buba and agbada. For the women, a total of 100 blouse, 77 skirts, 61 jeans, 200 native attires (97 gowns and 103 wrappers) were given out.
President, Rotary Club of Idimu High-Rise, Bankole Shakirudeen Adeshina, said the COVID-19 lockdown caused devastating humanitarian crises in the country beyond what the government could handle; the reason well-meaning Nigerians should assist vulnerable persons around them.
Adeshina said their visit to Makoko had opened their eyes to the depth of economic hardship many were facing in the country. Speaking on the motivation behind the intervention, Project Need Assessments Officer and founder, OHF, Miss Nimotallah Abdulsallam, said the desire to protect children and elderly against devastating effects of the coming cold season was her inspiration for the project.
“This intervention became expedient during our needs assessment visit to this location. We discovered how densely populated the area is and the pitiable condition most families live in. It is heartbreaking to see children and adolescents roaming about without proper clothing and footwear. They also don’t have good shelter that can protect them against the element. This is why we at OHF decided to partner the Rotary Club to make this modest contribution,” she said.
Expressing her gratitude, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Agbonive Gbenokve, a Togolese mother of five, said: “The donation would help to protect us and our children against cold.”
The Baale of Tonigyan Kingdom, Appollo, Makoko, Chief John Tito, pleaded with the Lagos State government to rescind the plan to evict and demolish their homes without any palliatives.
Represented by the Otun to the Baale, Chief Savi Fatai, Tito urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to, assist them “with proper resettlement and workable economic reintegration plans.”
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