The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on philanthropic individuals, corporate entities and organisations to partner government in taking care of the vulnerable in the society.
Governor Sanwo-Olu made the call in Ikeja, during the inauguration of a Social Welfare Integrated Programme Initiative, SWIPI, aimed at supporting orphanages, elderly care homes, and other vulnerable persons.
The Governor who said his administration would continue to take the lead, said he would ensure that interventions being carried out through Ministries of Youth and Social Development, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and other allied government agencies are doubled and called on all and sundry to join hands with government to make a positive difference.
“As a government, we are not going to give excuses and I will personally take the lead and see that we double up our interventions through Ministries of Youth and Social Development, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, and other MDAs,” the Governor assured. I am actually very thrilled listening to all of the very modest interventions and initiatives that SWIPI stands for and I must thank the initiator and the Grand Patron. There is a lot we can do for the children and vulnerable people out there; there is a lot that is expected of us” he said
Narrating how he encountered two out of school children on the way to the event, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced his decision to take over the education of the children; 9 years old Chinedu Amarachi and 12 years old Suwebat Husseini, and urged well meaning individuals to support similar children in their communities.
Earlier the wife of the Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu who was decorated as the Grand Patron of SWIPI, commended the organisation for improving the quality of social welfare administration through the donation of critical equipment and facilities such as digital tablets, computers, boreholes, water treatment plants, and toilets.
Dr Sanwo-Olu emphasized the need for government capture the data of informal care givers and regulate their activities, most especially those caring for the elderly.
She said “it is an area that we really need to look into, they are some that needs to be regulated properly, we can’t have people entering other people’s home without capturing their data, especially when they are exposed to the finances and other personal effects of vulnerable senior citizens”
In his opening remarks, SWIPI’s Chairman, Dr Kolawole Ajayi stated that the organization consists of 11 professionals from different walks of life who have an incredible love for children and are concerned about the social, economic, health, and welfare of vulnerable children, and less privileged adults in care homes.
The event was also attended by the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Bamidele Dapo-Abiodun, while SWIPI handed over digital tablets to 14 registered elderly care homes to enhance their e-learning operations