The Lagos State Government has handed over the amputee sachet water hawker, Mary Daniel, to leaders of Igala Community in Lagos State.
Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Civic Engagement, said that the state government would continue to protect all residents in the state, especially the vulnerable.
Adebowale made this known in a statement signed by Mr Sola Ogunmosunle, Director, Public Affairs Department, Office of Civic Engagement, on Thursday in Lagos.
Adebowale said the state government took the step to shield Daniel from possible fraudsters; who might target the funds donated to her by well meaning Nigerians.
He said that Daniel was handed over to a committee comprising the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, and a Non Governmental Organization, (NGO).
She said that other committee members at the handing over was Mr Sanni Ejima, Leader of Igala Community in Lagos; Divisional Police Officer, Alausa and representative of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.
Adebowale explained that the police were involved to demonstrate that the state had taken proper care of Daniel; while in its custody, and to also ensure her safety thereafter.
She said that the committee was to oversee Daniel’s rehabilitation; and also ensure that the donated funds were judiciously utilised; to improve her standard of living as well as that of her baby.
According to her, the ultimate desire of the state government; is to ensure that Daniel becomes a civically responsible citizen in the state.
Adebowale said “she (Daniel) now has the resources to take care of herself; and her baby and also have a new lease of life.’’