The National Body of the National Association of Plateau State Students (NAPSS) staged a historic humanitarian event/fundraising for the physically challenged students across the Plateau State tagged “Unveiling Hope to the Hopeless”.
The event which was held at the Joshua Dariye Hall of Plateau Polytechnic Jos campus had in attendance people living with different disabilities, their families and well-wishers.
The guest speaker Hon. Amadu Shuaibu from Jigawa House of Assembly who is also a disable in his speech encourages people living with disabilities to embrace their situation as God’s divine plan, adding that being physically disabled, they still have able hearts and brains which qualifies them to be complete human beings. He said despite the stigmatization and neglect, their achievements cannot be ignored. He also stated that over 20million Nigerians are living with disabilities and called on government to alleviate the plight of these people with special needs, adding that they should be given equal employment opportunities, free education as most cannot afford it, and also they be taken into consideration when planning/building public structures like roads, banks, restrooms e.t.c. he appreciate NAPSS for such an initiative and Beautiful Gate Handicap Centre for partnering with them to put smiles on the faces of the physically challenged.
In his speech Barr. Ayuba Gufwan, C.E.O. Beautiful Gate handicap centre commended the present administration of NAPSS, saying they came up with something others would ordinarily overlook, he also praised the Plateau State government for prioritizing people living with disabilities, He said Beautiful Gate have distributed over 10,000 wheelchairs over the past 15years of its existence. He stressed the need for public structures like roads,to be made accessible to the physically challenged.
In a Goodwill Message, Mary Jatau, Chairman Plateau State persons with disability Rights Commission, said Plateau is the first state to establish a Commission to alleviate the plight of people living with disabilities.
Other Goodwill Messages came from Mrs. Sarah Ramadan representing Plateau State Commissioner of Education who encouraged those God has blessed with resources to help the less privilege in the society. Francis Bot representing Chief of Staff PLHA representing Titus Alams, Speaker PLHA encouraged beneficiaries and all living with disabilities not to wallow in self pity but to make the best of it.
Highlights of the event were a Fundraising to aid in paying the tuition fees of some disabled students and Unveiling/Presentation of items to the beneficiaries.
Items presented were 25 wheelchairs, 17 crutches, 12 elbow crutches, 4 walking sticks,and 8 white canes.
Distinguish guest at the program include Hon. Amadu Shuaibu, Member Jigawa State House of Assembly, Guest Speaker at the event and Director Higher Education Plateau Ministry of Education Mrs. Ramadan, Francis Bot, Chief of Staff PLHA representing Titus Alams, Speaker PLHA, Mary Jatau, Chairman Plateau State persons with disability Rights Commission, Hon. Domshak Ezekiel, Speaker Plateau Youth parliament and many others.