By Dipo Olowookere
The construction of three ultra-modern care centres for residents of Lagos, especially for old and elderly citizens, is being planned for by the state government.
Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, disclosed that, “Approval has been granted for the homes to be sited at Ajagun Street, opposite Imeke palace, Iworo-Ajido (Olorunda LCDA Badagry); Alimosho General Hospital Complex, LASU-Ojo Road, Igando; and Epe Recreational Complex, Hospital road, Epe.”
Mrs Akinbile-Yussuf said the initiative was a way of providing an interactive platform for the aged residents as well as increase socialization among them, especially those who are often left to care for themselves by their family members.
According to her, the initiative was modelled after the practices of more developed countries where government assists in the provision of quality care services to the elderly in the society in order to improve their living condition and wellbeing.
Speaking at the 2017 Ministerial Press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner said adequate attention was also being paid to issues that affect the younger ones, the youths, persons living with disabilities and the vulnerable residents of the state.
“In line with Section 195 of the Child Rights Law as amended (2015), the state government has commenced an alternative sentencing programme for children in conflict with the law and children at risk of offending in the community,” she said.
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