Lagos State Government has stated its willingness to collaborate with the Ufuk Dialogue towards the eradication of poverty and ignorance while also promoting peaceful coexistence among residents.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, disclosed this in his office at Alausa-Ikeja while receiving the management team of Ufuk Dialogue, a non-governmental organisation with the mission of helping the needy in the country.
While emphasising the need for collaboration with the organisation, Dr. Hamzat stated that such collaboration, which focuses on eliminating ignorance via the establishment of schools, offering free medical services and surgeries, and promoting peace by establishing conflict resolution centres, is highly commendable.
He opined that the Organisation is on the right path by initiating a partnership with Lagos, being the melting pot of the country, noting that “Although the State is limited and small in size, it takes care of 10 per cent of the country’s population. As such, collaboration with your group will definitely impact on the populace”.
While urging the group to have better coordination, workflow and collaboration by working with the relevant MDAs in the State, he advised that the group liaise with the State Ministry of Health in respect of their medical outreach/intervention programmes for necessary guidance.
The Deputy Governor also called on the organisation to partner with the Ministry of Education in terms of education and scholarship, adding that the creation of schools and granting of scholarships to the less privileged will help in eliminating ignorance in society.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of the Ufuk Dialogue, Ahmet Omeroglu, disclosed that the organisation was established in 2011 at Abuja with a mission to reduce hardship in the country by helping the needy through the provision of free education, scholarships, free medical outreach, free cataract surgeries and establishment of conflict resolution centres in different States.
Ahmet disclosed that medical centres have been established in different parts of the country with 17 in Kano, three in Kaduna and three in Lagos, while also revealing that over 5000 students have graduated from their established schools located in six States across the country.
He further emphasised that the dialogue centres were established by the group to settle disputes among Nigerians and ensure harmony and peaceful coexistence in the country.