31st August, 2010
Ndigbo living in Mushin Lagos, Nigeria last weekend donated items worth millions of naira to the less privileged children living in Lagos State.
The centres that benefited from the gesture include Juvenile Welfare Centre Alakara, Idi-Oro and Lagos State Children Transist Home, Idi Araba Mushin, Lagos.
Items donated include bags of rice, garri, clothings, beverages and cash gifts.
Leading the delegation that visited the centres, the traditional ruler of Ndigbo in Mushin, Eze Peter C. Umeh said that the gesture is a yearly affair during which the Igbo in Mushin, under the Obi Ndigbo, donate to the orphanages to remind them that they have not been forgotten by the society.
He noted that children in the remand homes suffer untold hardship in terms of food, cloth and shelter, adding that it was the society’s responsibility to give those a children sense of belonging. He commended the Lagos State government, not only transforming the state but ensuring that orphanages are not left out.
He added that the task should not be left to the government alone and appealed to individuals and organisations to complement the efforts of the government in ensuring that those children are cared for.
Responding, Mrs. Adisa Patricia on behalf of Alakara centre thanked the NdigboÂ and promised that the material they donated will be judiciously used to take care of the children.
In the same vein, the deputy head of the centre inÂ Idi Araba thanked the Igbo in Mushin on behalf of the state government and promised to let the governor know about the gesture.