Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, on Monday played host to Mrs. Ruth Uche and her set of twins, who were abandoned by her husband, Mr. Benjamin Uche.
The visit of Mrs. Uche to the Deputy Governor’s office is a follow-up to the directive of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who directed that the woman and her children be rehabilitated and assisted by all relevant government agencies to ensure they are in good condition.
Speaking while hosting the woman at her Alausa office, the Deputy Governor sympathized over the traumatic experience she has faced in trying to raise the six children following the disappearance of her husband, assuring that the government of Lagos State is ready to come to her aid and ensure the well-being of her children.
“As a woman and a mother, I can only imagine what you have gone through managing six children, it must have been energy sapping and depressing, but I salute your courage and I want to assure you that this government will not abandon you, we will stand by you and ensure that you are assisted to get back to a normal life,” Adebule assured.
She thanked the woman for coming forward to seek help rather than abandon the children, which some other people would have done, noting that if she dumped the children by the road side, it would still have been the lot of government to take custody of the children and ensure their well-being but her presence and determination to raise her children further encouraged the government to offer the necessary assistance.
The Deputy Governor added that the Governor had approved the release of some amount of money, which the deputy governor stated will be paid into an account and part of it will be used to attend to some of the immediate needs of the children and their mother, adding that officials from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation have been directed to provide the necessary logistics support to her.
Dr Adebule, however, advised the run-away husband to come forward and take up the responsibility of caring for his family, admonishing him to be appreciative of the divine blessings that have come his way through the children.
In her reaction to the government’s gesture, Mrs. Uche thanked the State Government for assisting and supporting her, noting that the love shown to her and her children could only have come from a government that truly cares about the well being of its people.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of the token from the government to Mrs. Uche by the Deputy Governor.