Against the backdrop of neglect by the society, residents at the Leper’s Colony, Iberekodo, Abeokuta, and the Ogun state capital have cried out for help for improved well being and education of their children.
The leper’s community made this appeal for assistance, Friday, while receiving relief items from a non-governmental organization, JAW JAW Africa.
Speaking on issues affecting lepers, the Secretary of the colony, Folorunso Lukman, pleaded with the government, public and civil society organisations to support their children’s education for a better future.
He said, “We have accepted our cross but please in God’s name help our children. Our present situation has frustrated some of our children out of school to learn either trade or handwork after learning, we still don’t have money for them to start up or buy work tools for them.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the colony, Jimoh Ahmed, advocated for soft loans to boost the petty business of the traders among the lepers.
He said, “Another problem we have here is security. Every day we are only sure of going to bed but waking up is God’s doing. Our colony here is too porous. There are exit routes everywhere. Before now, there were no houses around us but development has made people build houses all around the colony.