In its continuous efforts to assist the down trodden in the society, the Rotary Club of Jos, has donated 25 tricycle wheel chairs to physically challenged persons in Pankshin South Constituency of Plateau State.
President of the club, Mr. Santos Larab, who made the presentation in Jos, said they have been doing such gesture to communities in the township, and have now decided to take it to the rural arrears, which includes Mupun, Mhiship, Dokpai and Tal communities.
Santos said, the initiative which is titled: ‘Mobility for Vocation and Literacy’, is targeting physically challenged persons who are undergoing vocational training and those in school.
“We didn’t want this project to be for begging, our communities should come out of begging, so we targeted young people/middle aged who are in a vocation or are in school.
The President maintained that, “Most of our projects remain within the urban setting and the club felt that it should get into the rural setting so that the people will know that there people who are volunteers, professionals and to also encourage others to join us. The Rotary Club of Jos is 44 years, doing humanitarian work.
“This is just a gesture by individuals through their hard earned resources to touch lives of people, by providing mobility for vocation and literacy. He stressed.
Also speaking, a past District Governor of Rotary Club of Jos, Sunny Agba, advised parents to always ensure that children from zero to five years receive polio routine immunization, to prevent some of the disabilities they face.
”Since we are fighting polio, we are very close to eradicating it from Nigeria, and we will continue to fight it.
Agba encouraged the recipients to take their studies and vocational studies serious, saying there are a lot of physically challenged persons doing well in their various fields, some are even Professors, lawyers, etc.
In his remarks, the Mhiship Community Leader in Jos, Chief Yusuf Dabis, who spoke on behalf of the aforementioned benefiting communities, appreciated the Rotary Club of Jos, saying, “What you have started, the multiplying effect within the communities, I’m sure by the time you start receiving reports, you will know that what you have done will go a long way in changing the lives of these individuals as well as their families.
Also speaking, the Principal of COCIN School for the Physically Challenged in Mangu LGA, Mr. Bitrus Bangs, whose students were among the beneficiaries, thanked Rotary Club of Jos, and called on other organizations to emulate them.
Meanwhile, the Director of Inclusive Friends, Grace Jerry, whose organization is for persons with disabilities, commended Rotary Club of Jos for the gesture.
The Director whose organization is aim at bringing issues of persons with disabilities to the forefront, through advocacy, said, “I encourage other organizations to tag along and do same too.
Grace who is a physically challenged person said, “At Inclusive Friends, we work from a very small passionate firm, to reach out to 25.5 million Nigerians living with disability”.
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