Succors has come for polio survivors at the disabled colony in Karimajiji in Abuja as the Rotary Club of Asokoro District 9125, Abuja, Nigeria, have donated wheelchair tricycles to 20 physically challenged members of the community to ease their mobility .
The 20 wheelchairs donated to physically challenged persons by Rotary Club of Asokoro on Sunday at Karimajiji.
The beneficiaries of the gesture who are physically challenged persons who have had so much difficulties with mobility due to the extent of their physical disabilities were full of joy and appreciation after receiving the donations.
Addressing the beneficiaries during an opening remark, at the event, the President, Rotary Club of Asokoro, Rotarian Stella Ukeje said as an organization combating polio in Nigeria, Rotary Club of Asokoro identifies with the plights of survivors and is committed to supporting them to give them a lease of life.
“We have you in mind and being polio warriors and survivors, we feel what you feel so, we go round to give drugs to prevent others from being infected. We also feel you should have mobility, that is why we have brought these wheel chairs for you. I hope you will use it judiciously to help yourself,” she told the beneficiaries.
She believes that the gesture will not only address the mobility problem beneficiaries had hiterto faced, but will also encourage them to engage in small businesses to make a living rather than resorting to begging on the streets.
On the criteria for selection of beneficiaries, Ukeje said with the help of the community chief, people with more critical cases and urgent need for assistance were selected for assistance.
The Rotary Club President ceased the ocassion to appeal to other well meaning Nigerians and organisations to assist the community with provision of food, clothing and in the area of vocational training.
The secretary to the chief of the disabled persons’s colony, Mohammed Dantani reacting to the gesture after the donations to the beneficiaries.
Responding to the gesture, the Secretary to the Chief of the people living with disability, Mohammad Dantani commended the initiative which he noted will greatly ease mobility challenge of the beneficiaries and enable them to carry out petty businesses.
” We are so happy. We appreciate Rotary Club of Asokoro for this great assistance. It will be well with them because of the mobility they have brought to us. We will use the wheel chair tricycles very well to ease our transportation and also for businesses like selling recharge card and other goods,” he said.
The Past Assistant Governor of Rotary Club and Vice President of Rotary Club of Asokoro, Nze Kanayo Chukwumezie during an interview with newsmen after the donations
Dantani, who said the community still need additional 80 wheel for other physically challenged persons, added that the community also needs help in the area of provision of food items .
A female beneficiary, Rabi Mustapha who was highly delighted at receiving the wheel chair,said for years, she had longed for one but had no money to purchase one.
The petty trade who said she used to pay people to move her liquid soap to different point of sale, said now she can move about freely with her goods.
Another beneficiary, Isa Mohammed said he feels very happy to receive the wheel chair as moving around and to school without a wheel chair had made life very difficult for him.
In an interview with newsmen, the Past Assistant Governor of Rotary Club, Nze Kanayo Chukwumezie described the gesture as a right step in the right direction, adding, “The gesture cannot be quantified.”
“Rotary is all about service to humanity. We always try to identify where there is need for things like this community. When you are disabled, it doesn’t mean you cannot be active. All you need is to add a little push and that is why we are here to give them a walker to help them to explore other opportunities for themselves rather than resorting to begging.
“We believe that when they are able to move around, they can do a lot of business like shoe making, trading because if they are kept in one play, they will not be able to develop their talent,” said Chukwumezie who is also the Vice President of Rotary Club of Asokoro.