The Disability Not A Barrier Initiative (DINABI) on Wednesday 2nd October, 2019 organized a programme tagged: “Back to School Version 2.1” for students with visual impairments at the Government Special School for the Blind, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The event which was aimed at sensitizing the students on how to cope with disabilities and how to live a fulfilled life witnessed the presence of important dignitaries from the civil society and government parastatals.
The executive director of DINABI, Engr Olajide Funso Benjamin, a physically challenged, delivered a speech focusing on how to cope with Disability Barriers”. In course of his speech, he urged the students to remain focused on the positives, never to give up, to challenge themselves and try new things, to be polite and stay calm with obnoxious people while also urging them to accept their disability and move on.
Engr. Benjamin also urge the federal government to implement the national disability acts by first establishing a national disability commission. He pointed out that the establishment would further give hope to 27million Nigerians living with disabilities as well as giving them a sense of belonging”.
The representative of government at the event, Hon. Eyitayo Fabunmi, who is a Board member of EKSCIDA said “the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi will do everything possible to make persons with disabilities happy.”
He enjoined the students to follow in the footsteps of the founder of DINABI, Engr. Olajide whom he described as a disability ambassador in Ekiti State. Hon Fabunmi who is also the founder of an NGO called CEFSORD promised that his NGO will partner with DINABI to implement some projects for students benefit.
The chairman of JONAPWD in ekiti state chapter, Mr Omotola Omotunla advised the students not to see their present situation as a barrier to their success in life. He urged the students to emulate the lives of many disability advocates across Nigeria such as Engr. Olajide Funso, David Anyaele, Dr Irene Patrick-Ogbogu etc.
On her part, Miss Ibitoye Hellen the Programme Assistant of DINABI took the students through a presentation titled “Positive Mind, Positive Vibes breeds Positive Life”. Miss Ibitoye who is a wheel-chair user narrated her life story and urged the students to learn from her own experience.
Highlights of the event witnessed the presentation of various gift items to support the students which includes beverages, toiletries, writing materials etc.
Vice principal of the school, Mr Seidu Olasunkanmi who spoke on behalf of the principal who was on an official assignment thanked the team from DINABI for their thoughtfulness and passion on the issues of persons with disabilities. He added “DINABI is the first NGO founded by a person with disability to come to the school.”
The students also took time to express their delight on the event stating that it is the first of its kind in the history of the school. They also took time to pray for DINABI.