The Office of the First Lady of Lagos State has urged the general public to disregard the claim purportedly linking the office to a programme of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), ‘South-Westhire Health Trust’, to removing mentally challenged people from the streets.
In a statement signed by Nwonah Olubukonla, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Office of Lagos State First Lady, the claim is false in its entirety as there was no such arrangement with the NGO.
In the statement titled, ‘Re: Vagrant Free Society’, the office stated, “The attention of the Office of First Lady of Lagos State has been drawn to a Brochure of events by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which goes by the name; “South-Westhire Health Trust” planning to remove mentally challenged people from the streets of Lagos between 12th and 20th November, 2019.
“In the brochure, the management of South-Westshire Health Trust purportedly claimed that the planned removal of the mentally challenged persons from he streets was in partnership with the Office of the First Lady of Lagos State. Nothing could be farther from the truth.”
The statement said whilst it was true that the management of the said NGO paid a courtesy visit to the First Lady to solicit for partnership, the First Lady made it abundantly clear that some background checks would have to be conducted on the said NGO to ascertain the safety of the mentally challenged persons to be removed from the streets.