By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
An appeal has gone to the government at all levels and rich individuals in the country to assist homes of persons living with disability in our society with fund and their resources in order to make life easy and meaningful to them.
The appeal was made by the Chief Responsibility Officer, (CRO), Network For Inclusion Of People With Special Needs (NIPSN), Mrs. Sekinat Afolasade during an interview with Western Post in Ibadan.
She said the appeal became inevitable in order to seek support for homes of persons living with disabilities and make living comfortable for them.
According to her, the government and rich individuals in our society have roles to play in ensuring that they accord them little support that will make them live happily.
Speaking on why she took to the job and consequently established NIPSN, the CRO said her passion and proficiency in the work made her ventured into it in order to contribute to their lives.
“I developed an interest in the job and this led me to a three years course at the Federal College of Education, Special Oyo and later the University of Ibadan.
“I also worked with Bethesda Home For the Blind for a year before I went to establish my own duly registered.”
Sekinat while appealing to well-meaning Nigerians and the state government for assistance said fund to run the home has been a major challenge.
She said the state government during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 gave the home nose masks, urging governor Seyi Makinde to assist them in order to make life easy for them.
“I use to organise sports activities to make them happy and have a sense of belonging. Recently, we had blind persons football and wheelchair race, powerlifting, sack race and others. All of these use to make them feel happy and lively.
“After the event, the Ministry of Women Affairs in the state gave us N50,000 as support fund. It was a great and encouraging experience, she added.
She appealed to the state government to make schools an inclusive sector for persons living with disability to benefit, adding that special teachers too should be employed to teach them.
“Government should provide more vocational centres, and hospital to help persons living with disabilities enjoy social privileges like other normal people.
“I appeal to governor Makinde to reach out to homes of persons living with disability in the state with a view of assisting them.”