3 June 2012

Nigeria: Uplifting the Needy


Since assumption of her husband as the governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has demonstrated enough capacities by showing compassion to the needy. She is of the view that a little care to the needy in any society can make a lot of difference. Thus, to her, the task of UPLIFTing the downtrodden in the society is a must.

Mrs. Amosun has therefore used her position to complement and support the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration's five-cardinal points in enriching family lives and ensuring the well-being of the people of Ogun State. In the last one year, she has made indelible marks, built bridges across the 20 local government areas of the state and impacted positively on the lives of the less privileged in the society, particularly women and children through her various programmes.

This made her to adopt a brand name, "UPLIFTing", to champion her utmost desire to help the needy. The word UPLIFTing can be interpreted to mean Unprosperous People for Life-saving Initiatives by First Teammate (in government).

In her determination to encourage secondary school students writing their final examination, the First Lady initiated a programme titled: UPLIFTing SS3 Students. Students with the best results in the 2012 May/June West African School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) in each of the 20 local government areas in Ogun State would have cause to smile, courtesy of an all expenses-paid reward trip sponsorship to the United Arab Emirate that the wife of the governor has put in place. Arab Emirate.

The overall best student of the 20 would be further rewarded with a cash gift towards aiding him or her in the payment of the already subsidised tuition in tertiary institutions in the state.

Another initiative by the Office of the Wife of the Governor is: UPLIFTing the Aged. The programme continues to give a sense of belonging to the older people in the state.

The First Lady, in an elaborate ceremony at the Cultural Centre Abeokuta on January 25, 2012, brought together 50 aged people from each of the 20 local government areas totalling 1,000 with the aim of celebrating our senior citizens.

Health tips were given to the aged people, while free medical screening was also administered on them. The programme gave the older people the opportunity to interact with the governor and his wife. Sequel to this event, 100 needy aged were identified and were placed on monthly stipend.

Mrs. Amosun has also taken a step further in her campaign to make life more comfortable for the less privileged. On February 27, 2012, her office, in conjunction with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation and Enpee Group, organised Free Eye Camp for more than 4,000 people from the 20 local government areas of the state with impaired sights at the General Hospital Ijebu-Ode.

Speaking at the occasion, the governor's wife said that one million Nigerians are suffering from cataract, a cause of blindness, which could be cured through medical treatment.

"We are passionate about the health of the people in all the nooks and crannies of Ogun State, especially the less privileged sections of the society. Eye sight is something that can be easily taken for granted and that is why we have stepped up our awareness campaign to reduce loss of sight in the state.

It is our belief that every citizen in the state deserves good health and we are committed to making the right partnership to support the state government in its aim to providing quality healthcare and increasing access to free surgeries," she said.

At the General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Mrs Amosun witnessed the free surgeries performed on about 50 people who had lost their sight due to cataract and glacuoma.

One of the beneficiaries, Chief Amos Sobiye, lauded the effort of the wife of the governor for this initiative, particularly the surgeries, saying their stories of being blind had become a thing of the past.

The Wife of the Governor of Ogun State also inaugurated the Spouses of Ogun State Government Functionaries Association (SOSGFA) on March 9, 2012 with a focus to embrace family ties among government functionaries and be more united to support one another in the mission to rebuild the state.

SOSGFA is aimed at enriching family lives, by creating a forum where spouses of government functionaries can meet and socialise with one another. It is an avenue to organise recreational activities and an opportunity to render community support. In fact, the Association's first major outing was the Easter Picnic Fiesta organised for all the SOSGFA members on Easter Monday, April 9, 2012.

According to her, "We should see our presence in the state as a call to service. We should put on our thinking caps by pulling resources, skills, ideas, experiences and talents together with a view to support one another."

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