As Ashafa urges politicians to help the needy By Olasunkanmi Akoni. The Lagos State Government, in partnership with Rotary Club of Lagos Palm Groove Estate, through Indo Eye Hospital, and Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, at the weekend, presented eye aids to 1,500 beneficiaries, including an eight month old baby who under-gone successful eye cataract operations.
Speaking at the event, held at Lagos Island General Hospital, Ashafa who commended the immense contribution of Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu’s contribution to the successful exercise, urged Nigerians, particularly, politicians to be selfless and show more commitment to humanitarian services to the society.
According to him, “This is a big lesson to most of us holding political positions to come forward and help the less privileged. For every step we take we must be thinking of the future and render selfless services to the society. This is what the state government, Rotary Club and other donors are doing. “You can’t really feel the importance of this exercise until you have a relation with such health challenge.
What this programme has done was to restore hope and life back to the dead “For me, I am dedicating my life as a politician to the selfless service in this area of bringing back vision to those in the dark. “I urge other politicians who I am representing not to sit down at home and leave everything to government alone. We should be part of the problem solving in the developmental growth of Nigerians and Nigeria.”
Also speaking at the event, attended by Rotarian Wale Ogunbadejo, District Governor, Rotary Club, Lagos State, Mr. Atul Kasheetry, President, Rotary Club of Palmgroove Estate, said the Indian community in Nigeria, the State’s Ministry of Health and Senator Ashafa co-sponsored the programme.
Kasheetry, explained that the programme, tagged: “The Mission for Vision 2017-18,” conducted 1,500 free cataract operations for those suffering from preventable blindness and lack the financial resources to finance the surgery. “Till the 2nd of March, the mission had completed 1,100 surgeries. This list includes; about 25 children, the youngest being eight months old, disabled persons and many senior citizens.
“The Indo Eye Care Foundation is a charitable institution that is dedicated to providing vision related treatment to the financially challenged Nigerians.” While expressing her joy, mother of the eight month old baby, Mrs. Olubunmi Popoola, clutching Brainard, her baby, commended the donors for the kind gesture, saying, “it could not have been possible for us to treat our baby boy save for the free eye surgery operation. “We have taken him to several hospitals, series of test done but yet to hope in sight, until we came in contact with this foundation who offered to conduct the surgery free of charge.
“This is hope rekindled, God will continue to help our helpers. I therefore, use this opportunity to appeal to well meaning Nigerians and philanthropists to come to the aid of the less privilege in the society and thereby reduce the level of poverty and standard of living in the country.