Monday the 6th of January is a day many less privileged woman and children living in the remote area of Maukoko, in Ajeromi Ifelodu Local area of Lagos, state, Nigeria will not forget in a hurry.
It was when a non-governmental organisation, the Nigerian Women in Georgia, United States of America came calling to put smiles on their faces by supplying them over five hundred packed food with water.
The Nigerian Women Association of Georgia as part of their humanitarian activities in Nigeria, picked Makoko as their focus point to celebrate the New Year with the downtrodden as the locality is seen as one of the most deprived and isolated community in Lagos, Nigeria.
Speaking with our source after the event, an America based philanthropist, Hon. Louis Ebodaghe bemoaned the condition of living in Makoko, particularly women and children which he regarded “as far below minimum standard and very dehumanizing”.
“I have always seen that part of Lagos and people who live there as unfortunate and because of my passion for community service, I decided to bring this women group here to see how they could bring succor them the children and women living in terrible conditions and you know, I have always supported their programs both in the U.S. and in Nigeria”.
He said: “We Feed the Hungry in Makoko, Lagos. One of the poorest of the poor communities. Cars can’t get in… we had to walk and cross over on wooden rickety bridges.
“Dirt and stench, but people live there. That was our mission today”, Ebodaghe concluded.