The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has advised parents to ensure that children and wards are always accompanied by adults at public places.
Ambode, who on Tuesday expressed commitment towards improving the welfare of children, spoke at the inauguration of 10 children’s toilets she donated to the Kanu Ndubuisi Park in Ikeja.
She said children needed to relax in parks and gardens to boost their mental health and emotional development, adding that during visits to such places, children must be accompanied by adults for protection.
She said, “Although we need to create time to relax with our children once in a while to boost their physical, mental and emotional development, we must, however, be security conscious and ensure that our children are always accompanied to parks by adults.”
She added that she provided the conveniences at the park because she believed that children’s facilities needed to be separated from those of adults.
She said, “At public places like this, children should not share facilities with adults for health reasons and for their privacy and protection.
“As parents, we must not expose our children to health risks. These facilities are partly meant to discourage open urination and defecation which can pollute the environment.”
Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, added that the state government had a plan to embark on mass provision of toilet facilities across the state.
She said it was time for parents to stop exposing their children to health risks through open defecation.
“On no account should children share public toilet facilities with adults for health reasons and for their privacy and protection,” she said.
Adejare, who later spoke for himself, decried improper waste disposal across the state, saying some areas might experience flooding unless they adopted proper waste management before the rainy season, which he said would be intense.
The commissioner also warned people living in flood-prone areas to vacate their buildings ahead of the intense rainfall.
The General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, Mrs. Ambimbola Jijoho-Ogun, said the agency would ensure proper maintenance of the facilities.