Reach out to the needy, Lagos monarch charges well-to-do Nigerians  

A monarch, Oba Semiudeen Kasali of Igbogbo, has charged wealthy Nigerians to always reach out to the needy in the society so as to give them succour and sense of belonging.

Oba Kasali gave this advice at the  presentation of food items to sweepers in the service of Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) as Christmas gifts by a non-governmental organisation at the event held in Igbogbo Stadium by PEPC Foundation. 

The monarch commended the NGO for reaching out to the needy and vulnerable in the society, saying said such gesture should be emulated by those in affluence so as to give succour to the needy as the economic situation in the country makes it difficult for some family to feed.

“We should be nice to ourselves, extend good gesture always, not only during yuletide period, it should be always. We should always comfort one another. We should promote peace, love and joy.

“What the organiser is doing is appreciated by the state government and the traditional council.

“Let us be prayerful and diligent in our work,” the monarch advised.

Speaking on why he decided to reach out to the sweepers, founder of the NGO, Lukman Akinsanya, said he was always impressed about the role the cleaners play in ensuring that the entire state is clean always, ditto their commitment to their duties.

Akinsanya said he started the initiative three years ago, with gift to 250 sweepers and last year, it was increased to 400  in Igbogbo but that, this year, the entire old Ikorodu Division was taken care of with 700 sweepers benefiting.

Chairman of Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, Mr. Sesan Daini appreciated the sponsor of the programme, saying his contribution had helped in bringing relief to the sweepers, just as he said the LCDA would work in conjunction with LAWMA to see to their welfare.