The Executive Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government, Hon Wasiu Adeshina has enjoined well-meaning Nigerians and philanthropists to support the government’s efforts in bringing succour to the people at the grassroots.
Adeshina stated this at the presentation of 10 benches, 2 ceiling fans and gift packs to hundreds of nursing and expectant mothers at the Addis Ababa Primary Health Centre in Ikorodu by a group of Ikorodu indigenes, under the aegis of Good Old Friends of Ikorodu.
The Council Boss commended the efforts of the Good Old Friends of Ikorodu and promised to register their names in the good book of the local government as a supportive organisation. He further promised to recommend them to the Ministry of Health in the State for special recognition of their efforts in supporting the health sector of Ikorodu.
‘This is not the first time they are donating to our primary health centers. It shows that they take the health of Ikorodu people as a priority. And, like the popular saying that health is wealth, they have brought wealth to us’, he said.
‘I want to call on other philanthropists and well-meaning individuals to emulate this group by supporting the local government. We are the closest government to the people and we know where the shoe pinches our people at the grassroots’, he added.
The group, Good Old Friends initiated the project under the Operation-Fill-The-Gap annual community intervention project which it started few years back.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Chairman of the Good Old Friends, Alejo explained that, ‘The government cannot do it alone. It is therefore paramount for citizens identify areas of societal needs and intervene to support the government’.
He added that his club’s annual humanitarian interventions, particularly in the health sector was aimed at reducing the pressure on the government to meet the yearnings of the people, especially in the area of health.
Speaking in similar vein, Secretary of the Club, Mr Abdullah Olawale Musibau advised other well-meaning individuals in the society to follow the good steps of the Good Old Friends in health interventions to support the government’s efforts.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Health Centre, Dr Adesesan Ramat commended the Good Old Friends for their consistent support to public health centers in Ikorodu. She also assured them that her team will make judicious use of all the donated items.