Governments at all levels of the country have been urged to prioritize the issue of social protection as a way to lift many Nigerians out of poverty and tackle insecurity.
The call was launched during an empowerment program organized by the Adonai Empowerment Foundation (AEF) in Lagos titled “Compassion 2021”. During the program, the foundation distributed around 500 boxes of noodles, 600 loaves of bread, 10 boxes of liquid soap, 2,000 pieces of Ankara and more than 250 school bags to women and children.
They also provided medical services such as cervical cancer screening, eye tests and malaria, among others, to the participants. In his speech, program chair Pastor Lanre Eyinfunjowo praised the foundations for sustaining the initiative for 31 years, urging federal, state and local governments to take responsibility.
Her words: “This is a unique foundation that has touched the lives of women over the years and I am happy to be associated with it. For example, they did many health exams on these women today and gave them medicine.
We all know that in this country the delivery of health care is not the priority of the government. But we thank God for a foundation like AEF, which took care of the needy.
“I don’t have any statistics, but I know that a lot of people die from these diseases. Early detection and treatment will help save many lives, which the foundation stands for. When you look at the number of women here, it tells you what level of care is required in society, which has not been given. We need more of this type of organization to impact the lives of the less privileged instead of waiting for the government. “
Eyinfunjowo, however, urged the government to take responsibility while encouraging business organizations to support foundations like AEF to improve social security in the country.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Olubumi Ikeyo, mother of eight, congratulated the foundation for its gesture, revealing that “they tested me and gave me medicine”.
“They have done for us what we do not benefit from the government. Three years ago, they gave me 45,000 N to boost my business. So they try. May God continue to bless them, ”she said.
Another beneficiary, Blessing Elue, 46, a widow, also said the organization had blessed her life and prayed for its growth.
The founder of the foundation, Mrs. Line Oladapo, called the program a success, declaring: “I feel fulfilled that God is gradually rewarding my commitment. Nobody pays me; in fact, it takes everything from me but at the end of the day I feel fulfilled.