Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, yesterday hosted Mrs. Ruth Uche and her last set of twins, who were abandoned by her husband, Mr. Benjamin Uche. Dr Adebule, at the meeting advised the run-away husband to come forward and take up the responsibility of caring for his family, admonishing him to be appreciative of the divine blessings that have come his way through the children.
Mrs. Uche’s visit to the deputy governor’s office is a follow-up to the directive of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who directed that the woman and her children be rehabilitated and assisted by all relevant government agencies to ensure they are in good condition. Speaking while hosting the woman, the deputy governor sympathized with her over the traumatic experience of trying to raise six children following the disappearance of her husband, assuring that the government will ensure the children’s well-being.
“As a woman and a mother, I can only imagine what you have gone through managing six children, it must have been energy sapping and depressing, but I salute your courage and I want to assure you that this government will not abandon you, we will stand by you and ensure that you are assisted to get back to a normal life,” Adebule said. She thanked the woman for coming forward to seek help instead of abandoning the children, which some other people would have done, noting that if she had dumped them. It would still have been the lot of government to see to their well-being but her determination to raise her children further encouraged the government to offer the necessary assistance.
The Deputy Governor added that the governor had approved the release of some amount of money, which will be paid into an account and part of it used to attend to some of the immediate needs of the children and their mother, adding that officials from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation have been directed to provide the necessary logistics support to her. In her reaction to the government’s gesture, Mrs. Uche thanked the administration for supporting her, noting that the love shown to her and her children could only have come from a government that truly cares about the well being of its people. Highlight of the visit was the presentation of the token from the government to Mrs. Uche.