Lagos - The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has donated gift items to less privileged people at the SOS Children’s Village, Isolo, Lagos.
The Director of the village, Mr Benjamin Buraimoh, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.
Buraimoh said that the governor donated two cows, food items and clothing.
"Gov. Fashola is among notable people that have shown love to the less privileged.
"He donated cow, food items and other things to the children for them to celebrate the Christmas," he said.
Buraimoh said that the village had been receiving donations, including food items, clothing and cash from individuals and corporate organisations since the beginning of the season.
The director listed other organisations that had shown love to the less-privileged as Emzor Pharmaceutical, Nigerian Bottling Company and Total Nigeria Ltd., among others.
"We have been receiving items and cash from people and organisations since the beginning of December in support of our work.
"These items have helped us in the day-to-day running of the village," Buraimoh said.
The director said that the village had instituted a programme called Family Strengthening Programme that would help to take care of children living with their parents but in need of help.
According to him, the programme helps in supporting the children with their parents to pay school fees and pay their medical bills.
"This family support programme is to help pay educational and medical bills of children living with their parents but who don’t have other means to survive.
"This family support programme is in Lagos, Ibadan, Jos and Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory.
"We are planning to expand to touch the lives of other children who are in need," he said.
Buraimoh appealed to government to provide subventions for the village to enable it sustain its programme in helping the less privileged.
He said that the organisation, which was formed after the Second World War by a German, who came to Nigeria in 1973 after the civil war, was devoted to working for vulnerable and abandoned children all over the world.
He urged stakeholders to help in strengthening families by putting in place sustainable structures to protect the rights of children all over the world.