… As LASG Holds Special Thanksgiving/Jumat Service
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has said that there is an urgent need for parents to be more alive to their parental duties towards their children in order to engender a saner society that will be free of chaos and youthful restiveness.
Dr. Hamzat made the call at a special Thanksgiving and Jumat prayer session in commemoration of the Second Anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Office at the Alausa Secretariat Community Central Mosque in Ikeja on Friday.
According to him, it was not enough for the citizenry to extol the government for what has been done or remind political leaders of what needs to be done, but more importantly, emphasis should be on the duty of parents in instilling proper morals in youths.
Hamzat also challenged Muslim clerics and other religious leaders in the State to use their influence to preach the crucial roles of good parenting in children upbringing, stressing that “If the family is destroyed, there is little or nothing that could be done by the government”.
He commended the various religious leaders across the State for supporting the State Government’s decision to shut worship centres following the outbreak of COVID-19 last year.
The Deputy Governor stated that the spiritual uprightness of the various worship leaders, coupled with the special mercy of Allah, culminated in the successes being recorded by the State Government over the deadly virus.
While noting that it is an undeniable fact that the effect of the pandemic hampered the pace of development, Hamzat maintained that the determination of the present administration to live above the limitations of the pandemic made the State government to embark on different laudable projects in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda.
“We are revamping all the sectors of the economy and making frantic efforts to deliver on our T.H.E.M.E.S agenda. We are also building additional Maternal and Child Centres, MCC, across the State. Specifically, the MCC Epe is ready and would soon be commissioned among other projects”, he disclosed.
The Deputy Governor, however, urged residents not to lose guard of the potency of the virus, but continue to observe all COVID-19 safety protocols, stressing that the virus is still wreaking havoc in some developed countries like Brazil and India.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, assured residents that Lagos would witness more developmental projects going forward.
He also expressed the hope that Lagos would not witness any destruction of public facilities again as witnessed last year across the State during the #EndSARS protest, just as he prayed for continued success for the State and all political leaders.
Muslim clerics at the Special Thanksgiving and Jumat service offered prayers for top government officials in the State, the traditional rulers and all civil servants among others.