By Joan Odafe
Lagos – Mrs Ajoke Adegeye, a former lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, plans to embark on a medical outreach for the elderly in Amuwo Odofin, a suburb of Lagos in 2020.
Adegeye, who was an aspirant for the House of Representatives during the 2019 general elections, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
The lawmaker said that not winning the House of Representatives seat she contested for at the 2019 elections, would not stop her from going ahead with her plans to improve Amuwo Odofin community.
According to her, the elderly are the most passionate among the electorate but usually abandoned after the elections.
“I want doctors to come and do a checkup and run tests for our old people. We’ll be extending it to the riverine areas where my wards are.
“They will be given medication if required and referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for follow-up, where necessary.
“There will be surgeries if needed and there will be no limit to the number of people that will be attended to,” she said.
Speaking on the Amuwo Odofin Influential 50 Awards, which she was a recipient, Adegeye said the aim of her contributions to the community wasn’t to gain recognition but to improve lives.
“I’ve always loved giving and have been doing so. Getting into the House of Assembly in 2007 just made it easier to implement the things I had in mind,” she said.
Adegeye said overtime, she observed that empowering people was not just about skills and financing businesses but by changing their mindset through exposure to better living conditions.
“So, apart from skills acquisition programmes for the youth and women, I also took them to countries like Dubai, South Africa, London, Switzerland and Canada for exposure to business opportunities and a change of mindset.
“There is something having exposure does for people. Their reasoning, attitude and behaviour change after spending two weeks abroad.
“You can always tell that they have had a life-changing experience; they became better, ’’ she said.
Adegeye urged leaders, particularly those in government to implement things they saw when they travelled to developed nations to make the nation better.