Don’t leave your children unaccompanied in public places, Ambode’s wife tells parents

Bolanle Ambode

Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode, on Tuesday charged parents to ensure that children and wards are always accompanied by adults at public places.

Mrs Ambode, who spoke at the official commissioning and handing over of 10 children’s convenience she donated to the Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, said she was motivated to make the donation because of the need to separate children’s facilities from that of the adults.

According to her, “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 and defecation which can deface and pollute the environment.”

Announcing plan by the government to embark on mass provision of toilets facilities across the state, Mrs Ambode said it was time for parents to stop exposing their children to health risks through open defecation.

The governor’s wife, who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, 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 physical, mental and emotional development, she advised them to be security conscious and ensure their wards are always accompanied to park by adults.

Speaking in his capacity as commissioner, Adejare 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 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.