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Lekki residents partner with Rotary Club and The Place Restaurant to celebrate Christmas with homeless people

In its determination to curb the crime rate in Lekki and surrounding areas in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of ​​Lagos State, the Lekki Residents Association (LERA) has organized a year-end party to celebrate over 50 street boys in the area. I planned it.

The event, themed 'Show Love to the Homeless', was held on Friday at the LERA Center in Lekki Phase 1 in collaboration with Admiralty Rotary Club and The Place Restaurant.

Speaking at the event, Chief Mobolaji Ogundele of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, who was the guest speaker at the event, promised a better life for homeless people in Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

He appealed to various communities in Lagos to follow the example of Lekki residents who are pooling resources to reduce the number of street children in the state.

The Secretary promised to work with real estate stakeholders to achieve this.

In his welcome address, LERA Chairman Yomi Idowu said that the essence of this gathering was to bring smiles to the faces of homeless people, and that while the housing complex was aware of the influx of street children into the area; He said the following plans are underway: Minimize this.

He said 13 of the street boys were taken in by Colonel Rotimi Vaughan, a resident who had worked tirelessly to reintegrate them into society.

He said some of the boys ended up in Lagos for some reason and found the property habitable, but residents tried to reduce the influx by calling out the boys. That's what it means.

Mr Idowu said Colonel Vaughan had provided shelter to 13 people and residents were putting their heads together to identify others' challenges as a way to provide solutions.

“Living on the streets is not the best option for you. If you want to be the best in life, you have to stay off the streets,” he said.

The president of the local community took the opportunity to interview the children and identify the areas in which they needed help. Many of the children expressed interest in enrolling in the school, and some even said they were planning to study a trade. there was.

Also speaking was Rotten Adeniyi Sowemimo, President of the Rotary Club of Admiralty, who urged the boys to develop habits that will make them excel in life.

Earlier, Colonel Vaughan said the 13 adopted street boys were being provided with shelter, clothing, medicine, food and other necessities. “With the help of his wife, we were able to drive 13 of them out of the city,” he said.

“It takes a lot of capital, but God has made it possible because we decided to take on the responsibility and not to bother people.”

The colonel said one of them was a sickle cell patient who had been abandoned by his family due to his health condition and was then on the streets.

Sharing their experiences, some homeless people lamented being abandoned by their families, which led them to the streets.

They claimed to be in Lagos, especially Lekki, in search of livelihood.

After hearing about the plight of the street boys, Ogundele handed over two of the boys, who expressed interest in becoming salon owners, to the owner of a popular barber shop on the premises.

He also thanked the Vaughns for their efforts and encouraged three of their friends to adopt one of their own.

“After hearing of the boys' plight, I encouraged Master Kat to adopt the two boys who showed an interest in Barb and train them in their abilities, and my other three friends adopted one each. We are planning to adopt him.''

“My department will work with residents, Colonel Vaughan, and other stakeholders to discuss the future direction for the rehabilitation of these children.

“For those who want to return to their state, we will not hesitate to take steps to make that happen.

“I commend the residents of Lekki, the Admiralty Rotary Club and The Place Restaurant for putting this together.

“This is a good move and we hope that the 57 local governments and council development areas in Lagos State will emulate this.”

The ministry said it was considering possible ways to get children off the streets and would use Reck as a case study so others could learn from it.


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