Dredging giant, the Lagos Channel Management Limited (LCM), has enjoined well placed citizens, corporate and individuals to sow seeds of life to vulnerable Nigerians, especially the orphanages, because the group has no unions to champion their cause.
Managing Director, LCM, Danny Fuchs stated this at his Lagos office before splashing N5m to five different ‘homes’ to mark the Yuletide season.
The orphanage homes are; Bola Mofo Zion Shelter, Tunji Adebayo Motherless
Babies Home, Bab-es-Salam Home, the Lagos State Government Children Centre and the Lagos State Special Correctional Centre for Girls.
Danny who specifically lauded Government efforts towards ensuring a peaceful and harmonious society, also noted that the government alone cannot shoulder the entire responsibility of the society, hence his insistence that all hands must be on deck, to ensure the happiness of the vulnerable class.
He however admonished both the donors and the beneficiary homes, who got a million naira each, to ensure they work according to their good conscience.
“I understand all their challenges; it is the same all over the world. More so, because the children have no unions to fight their cause. This is why we must come together to always reach out to them.
“It is possible that our (LCM) effort may not be enough. But it is in good direction”, he said, thanking the administrators of the homes for the extra mile each must undertake in order to entrench the enviable flow of happiness in the homes; even as he recalled his background, which exposed him to the pains of vulnerable children. “I don’t want to say more, I only want to thank you for your dedicated efforts; especially because you are going the extra mile, based on your conscience”, he told the beneficiaries, while explaining to them, the nature of job that the firm performs. “Our job, our major responsibility is to dredge the channels in Lagos and ensure that the ships continue to enjoy the peace of safer navigation.
“Whatever you are doing, I commend you to just ensure you do it with clean conscience. It is not the very amount we spend on this project that matters; it is the attitude that matters; and the possible encouragement that we might engender, towards encouraging others to also pay worthy attention to the most vulnerable class.”
Mrs. Silifat Giwa, a social welfare officer, Lagos State Ministry of Social Development and head of the Lagos State Children Centre, catering for the under privilege children rescued from the street, as well as children who were emotionally or sexually abused thanked the company, even as indicated a need by the centre for a bus.
“Our job is to restore the Children to what he should be. As of today we have 52 children”, she explained, thanking the LCM management for a gesture which she noted was a pat on the back of the Lagos State Government.
Similarly, Mrs Sadiat Sabiu of the Special Correctional Centre for Girls, Idi-Araba, Lagos also thanked the LCM management, noting that the Correctional home with 71 girls, caters for children from age 10-17years.
“We try to re-unite children to their parents where they can be found. And where they cannot be found, we manage them.
“Almost all our children go to school, but some of them can’t speak English language. We send some of them to our own school, while others are sent to government approved schools.”
“Those who passed through our schools will go to government schools. But those who come in form JSS2, would normally go to private schools. Some of the children with us are form Togo and Benin Republic.
“There is strict supervision. We have our buses which take these children to school and bring them back”, she explained further.
Alhaji Hassan of Bab -es- Salam of GRA, Ikeja Lagos said their home had even produced graduates from the University of Lagos and Ilorin, adding that they refrained from founding schools, so as to enable the children mingle freely, with their colleagues from other homes.
Their stories was not different from those of the Bola Mofo Zion, as well as the Tunji Adebayo Motherless Babies Home.