Lagos State Government has said that it had taken over Mary Daniel’s welfare. Mary Daniel is the 26-year-old homeless amputee and single mother, whose heart-touching story went viral on social media platforms recently.
While speaking on the State Government’s intervention, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, disclosed that the move was necessary in order to safeguard Mary from abuse and risk.
The Special Adviser said Daniel, an indigene of Ayingba, Kogi State, who relocated to Lagos two weeks ago, hawked water in Oshodi traffic in a bid to make ends meet, is now in temporary protective custody before further plans would be made by the government to secure an apartment for her and empower her.
Adebowale said: “The case of Mary (Daniel) was brought to my attention by the Managing Director, Lagos State Lotteries Board and two politicians from Oshodi who expressed concern about her safety as some kind-hearted individuals have started sending money to her account to assist her.”
She explained that after she interacted with Mary, it was agreed that the current administration should step into the case to ensure that she is safe, hence the State Government’s involvement.
Princess Adebowale pledged to personally watch over her as a guardian and ensure she is properly settled in Lagos, saying “We will make sure she becomes a responsible citizen in the State.”