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Rotary, OHF donate clothing, shoes to vulnerable Makoko residents

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BRACING up for the forthcoming cold season, the Rotary Club of Idimu High-Rise, in partnership with the Ojuolape Humanitarian Foundation, have donated wardrobe items to 250 residents of Appollo – Makoko, Yaba Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The donated items include fairly-used and well-laundered native, english, and casual wears, and as well as footwears for male and female adults and children.

According to the Project Coordinator and President, Rotary Club of Idimu High-Rise, Rotarian Bankole Shakirudeen Adeshina, the items distributed include 150 Shirts, 113 Trousers, 102 Jeans, 60 T’ Shirts, 143 peers of native wears; and complete four sets of “Buba and Agbada.

Items distribution to the women, he explained, included “100 blouse, 77 Skirts, 61 Jeans, 200 Natives (97 Gowns and 103 wrappers).

While there were shoes and sandals for adult male and female, numbering over two dozens, children also smiled home with clothings and food items,” he added.

Speaking with the newsmen on the motivation behind the intervention, President and Founder, Ojuolape Humanitarian Foundation, Miss Nimotallah Abdulsallam, submitted that “the desire to help protect the lives of children and elderly against the devastating effects of the coming cold season was the inspiration.
“This intervention became expedient during our Need Assessments visit to this place, as we discovered how densely populated the area is and the pitiable condition most most families live in.

“It is heartbreaking to seen children, adolescents, most of whom have been put in places of mothers, roaming without proper clothing and Footwears. They also don’t have good shelter that can protect them against coming cold.

“That is why, we at OHF have decided to partner with a formidable organisation such as Rotary Club, to make this modest contribution. We hope to do more shortly, most definitely,” she explained.

Happy kids

Expressing gratitude over the gesture, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Agbonive Gbenokve, a Togolesse mother of five, said “the donation is very appreciated, as it would help us to protect ourselves and as well as our children against the cold season.”

Baale of Tonigyan Kingdom, Appollo – Makoko, Chief John Tito, however pleaded with the Lagos State Government to rescind the plan to evict and demolish their homes, without any palliatives measures.

Represented by the Otun to the Baale, Chief Savi Fatai, Tito urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to instead assist them “with proper resettlement, with workable Economic reintegration plans.”