By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
A Lagos based barber, Mr. Nurudeen Nofiu, has appealed to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and well meaning members of the public to come to the aid of his family.
This is because his wife, Sola was delivered of triplets in June and that it has been difficult taking care of the children since then.
The triplets, all males, according to Nofiu, were delivered at the popular Lagos Island Maternity in Lagos on Wednesday 1st of June 2016.
But what is supposed to be a source of joy for the family is turning into a nightmare for Nofiu because of financial constraints. Nofiu who already has a male child before the triplets is finding it difficult to cope with the upkeep of the children.
Speaking with newsmen at the state secretariat on Monday, Nofiu said, “I work as a barber and my wife is a petty trader. It is extremely difficult for us to take proper care of the triplet and their mother financially with what we earn from our businesses.
“We wrote a letter to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Alausa, Ikeja on 22nd of June 2016 soliciting for their assistance both morally and financially,” he said.
Nofiu added that he got a call from the ministry towards the end of July 2016 requesting to know the occupation of his wife, saying that he told them that she works as a petty trader, and that he has not heard anything from the ministry since then.
According to him, the triplet do not have access to basic things of life and his wife has been finding it difficult to care for them all alone because the family could not afford to pay extra hands to take care of the babies.
He said: “I would be glad if the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and other well meaning residents of the state could come to our aid at this time of need.
“My income is too meagre to sustain the family. All the efforts I have made have not paid off and we seriously need extra support so that the children would not die,” he said.