By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Sunday, celebrated his 46th birthday, donating food items to the Missionaries of Charity Babiesâ€™ Home in Ikosi, Ketu, Alapere just as he donated a new building to the Chief Michael Oyemade Ogunjobi Childrenâ€™s Home in Surulere.
Fashola, who was accompanied by his wife, Abimbola; Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, among other top government functionaries, also said his administration had dedicated the whole of this year to children, youths and women in the state.
Items donated included food, beverages to the inmates at the Missionaries of Charity Motherless Babies Home where he praised the dedication of the proprietors of the Home, saying the visit has given him the opportunity to experience the challenges under which the children had to grow up.
The governor, who later cut his birthday cake along with the inmates, advised the children to be of good behaviour while promising that his administration would do all it could to support the institution.
Fashola who also visited Chief Michael Oyemade Ogunjobi Childrenâ€™s Home in Surulere, with donation of a building to the house, said the opportunity to erect the building was because of the generosity which his friends demonstrated with their assets, resources and time, adding that his experience in life had also enabled him to always remember the underprivileged.
Giving reasons for erecting the building, he recalled that when he became governor and was looking for land to build a hospital, he met Chief Ogunjobi, now late, who released the land which he intended to use as a filling station, adding that after the man died the engineers said the place was too small for the 100-bed hospital his administration planned to build on it.
His words: â€œIn the course of that, I also met Chief (Mrs.) Adedoyin who has dedicated her life to giving hope to children without hope,â€ adding that the third reason was as a result of the children whom Mrs. Addoyin, the Proprietress of Heart of Gold Childrenâ€™s Hospice, has adopted as her own.â€
â€œOne of them was thrown away as a day-old baby into a refuse pit and pigs were eating her head, though she is alive today, thanks to Mrs. Adedoyin. One of them may never know his father because his mother was raped by an armed robber and she abandoned the child,â€ he said.