By Tunde Akere

The Lagos State ministry of Civic Engagement held the second phase  flag-off  programme for Mother, Infant and Child, tagged *"The Research Phase"* in Bariga Local Counci.

The initiative aimed at providing nutritional foods and supplements for 2,200 indigent pregnant women in Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas across the State is an initiative of the Ministry of Civic Engagement, in collaboration with the ministry of SDG, ministry of Agriculure, ministry of wealth creation and some other public partners.

The Special Adviser on Civic Engagement,  Princess Aderemi Adebowale represented the first lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwoolu, she said the second phase was flagged off on the 28th of July , 2020 in Ikorodu and they intend to take the program to all the Local Governments/LCDA of Lagos State.

Adebowale said in Lagos State, healthcare featured prominently as one of the pillars of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administration with emphasis on provision of affordable, qualitative and accessible healthcare and improvement of primary healthcare facilities in the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs for all citizens irrespective of their locations or status in the State.

The Chairman of Bariga Local Council, *Hon Kolade Alabi* in his goodwill message appreciates Govenor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu for the initiative and also praised the social adviser for the good job she's been doing to pregnant women in the state.

Alabi said he will take the initiative as a  point of contact to his colleagues in ALGON and ask them to emulate it.

*"Local government will key in to the program and support the state government to make sure pregnant women are taken care of, this program is good for seamless delivery of pregnant women"* says the council chief.

He sent an appreciation to the governor on behalf of all council chairmen for this wonderful initiative. 

The special adviser on sustainable development goals, Hon Solape Hamod, Mr Hakeem Adeniji- permanent Secretary, and some other guest also spoke at the event. 

The pregnant women were given packed food items and seasons, as well as supplements to aid seamless delivery; all these items will be given to them every week for one month.

The programme was attended by the chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA- Hon Oladotun Olakanle,  Bariga Council Manager - Mrs Adenike Owolabi, Hon Kazeem Babalola - Suprvisor for health Bariga, Hon Olumide Akinola- Supvisor for health Somolu(representing Hon Abdulhamesd Dullar - Chairman Somolu LG), Dr. Oyewole Foluso- MOH Bariga, and some other guest.

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