Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode has challenged parents to be conscious of their children’s health as she also expressed her commitment towards improving the welfare and generating happiness for children across the state.
In the same vein, Mrs Ambode charged parents to ensure that children and wards were always accompanied by adults at public places.
Mrs Ambode said these at the official commissioning and handover of 10 toilet facilities for children which she donated to the Ndubusi Kanu Park in Ikeja.
Forestalling open defecation
The governor’s wife said she was motivated to provide the conveniences at the park because of the need to continuously forestall open defecation and to separate children’s facilities from that of the adults.
”At public places like this little children should not share facilities with adults, for health reasons and for their privacy and protection; as parents we must not unduly expose our children to health risks. These facilities are partly meant to discourage open urination defecation which can deface and pollute the environment” she said.
Mrs Ambode, who also announced plan by the state government to embark on mass provision of toilets facilities across the state, said it was time for parents to stop exposing their children to health risks through open defecation.
Mrs Ambode, who was represented by the state’s Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, however, added that relaxation, recreation and leisure, remain integral part of city life everywhere in the world.
While urging residents to create time to relax once in a while in order to boost their healthy physical, mental and emotional development, she advised them to be security conscious and ensure their wards are always accompanied to park by adults.
Improper waste disposal
Speaking on the environmental challenges in the state, Adejare on his part decried improper waste disposal across the state, saying that some parts of the state may experience flooding unless they adopt proper waste management before the rainy season, which, he said, would be intense.
The Commissioner warned people living in the flood prone areas to vacate their buildings ahead of the intense rainfall, saying that the consequence of improper waste management is massive flooding during rainy season.
The General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Garden Agency (LASPARK), Mrs Ambimbola Jijoho-Ogun commended Mrs Ambode for the gestures, assuring that LASPARK would ensure proper maintenance of the facilities.
She noted that the facilities would go a long way in enhancing public hygiene for children, adding that the commissioning was a celebration of personal integrity for Mrs Ambode.
In her own remarks, former Managing Director of LASPARK, Dr (Mrs) Titi Anibaba, hinted that Mrs Ambode promised to build toilets for children only last December, when she attended the children’s party and was told there were no separate toilets for children.
She thanked her for completing the project in barely two months and requested her to also build children’s toilets for the Muri-Okunola, Victoria Island Park. She charged LASPARK to ensure that provision for children’s toilet was made in subsequent park designs.