Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:19 pm
The wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, on Thursday said that every expression of love toward children healed the society and prompted growth and development.
Ambode made the assertion when she visited the family of Mr and Mrs Peter Ejiofor who had a set of quadruplets at Gowon Estate in Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area of the state.
Represented by Mrs Folashade Kadiri, an Assistant Director, Public Affairs Department in her office, Ambode donated cash and baby essentials.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that after seven years of marriage, Ejiofor, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief in NAN, was blessed with a set of quadruplets on Dec.28, 2017.
The quadruplets, all boys, were delivered at 9.24 a.m., at Crystal Specialist Hospital, Akonwonjo, a suburb of Lagos.
The items, donated under her pet project — Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM) — includes cash, baby beds, mattresses, diapers, boxes of clothes, socks, pants, caps, shampoos and disinfectants among others.
The governor’s wife congratulated the Ejiofora and thanked God for the safe delivery of the infants and commended their mother taking care of them.
“Although we got the news of their delivery late and we had other requests lined up, but I’m glad we are here today and that the babies are healthy.
“I’m passionate about children which is why I am willing to assist families.
“These children are our hope, our future and our tomorrow leaders. Therefore, parents have crucial roles to play in the development of our future leaders,’’ she said.
She appealed to all to take good care of children by showing them love, adding that it would go a long way to help them to become better individuals in the society,’’ she said.
The father of the babies, Ejiofor, thanked the state governor and his wife for their benevolence to the residents irrespective of tribe or ethnic and religious considerations.
“We have been following Mrs Ambode’s humanitarian activities, especially in caring for the young, old, widows, mothers of High Order Multiples (HOM) children and the underprivileged in the state.
“It shows that the Lagos State Government is sensitive and responsive to the needs of the residents.
“’We thank her Excellency for assisting us to raise these children; it is on record and that whatever they become tomorrow, she has a hand in it,’’ he said.
Lending his voice, one of Ejiofor’s neighbours, Mr Olisa Egbunike, a retired journalist, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Ejiofor neighbours, saying that people are feeling the inclusiveness of Gov. Ambode’s administration. (NAN)
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)