By Cleopatra Eki
Executive Secretary ,Federal Nigeria Society for Blind, Mr Oluwamayowa Oke, has praised Guinness Staff- Lagos Chapter, Nigeria Union Local Government Employees , Adams College and others for putting smiles on visually impaired at 2023 Valentine day with food stuff and different donations.
He made the call at VTC Oshodi Lagos. “Our advocacy and awareness efforts are in line with Sustainble Development Goal 10- Reduced Inequalities. The FNSB seeks to reduce inequalities caused by all forms of disabilities especially by been a world class model for breaking down barriers affecting the blind.”
Oke appreciated the Guinness Staff led by Mr Rotimi Odusola and others for these kind gestures.
Speaking at event, Mr Rotimi Odusola said that the Guniness concept of Valentine tagged “Create A Smile”was mostly perceived by many young people as the season of love in the air but we are here to spend one on one with blind trainees and to relate with them.
The different groups donated of food stuff, drinks , snacks and clothes to our students, it a way to give hope to our trainees, know their challenges and aid their academic and vocational education -Oke pointed.
Speaking to Mr Joseph Oladokun,
Acting Principal FNSB -VTC said “The Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind is committed to empowering and promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of the visually impaired. “Our rehabilitation programme ensures that they are once again useful to themselves and the society.”
“Our school runs a l or 2 year residential programme and where we teach them ICT and Assistive Technology, Vocational skills,Personality Development, Daily living skills /Hospitality management , Braille reading and writing, orientation and Mobility, Music and Use of Library among others.”
“We assist our students to use the white cane effectively and to accomplish his/her daily tasks with ease. It will interest all of you that we promote free mobility and self-reliance among the visually impaired.
This also makes it easier for relatives of the visually impaired to care for them without abandoning their own daily economic and other activities.”
In his vote of thanks, Mr Oladokun appreciated Guinness Staff, NULGE, Adams College and the Nursery school who all came differently to spend quality time with our trainees.
Mr Frank Ezeh, a new blind student, appreciated FNSB, stakeholders and Mr Adams Adebola proprietor -Adams College who has been compassionately supporting students over the years till date despite current cashless crunch and hardship”.