Kebbi State – A Person with Disability has been appointed Special Adviser on students with disabilities to the President, National Union of Kebbi State Students (NUKESS).
The Special Adviser, Khalid Aliyu Papa has hit the ground running by seeking local and international scholarships for students with disabilities in the State.
The appointment was disclosed in a letter issued the appointee by the president of the State’s students union through it’s secretary general, Suleiman Abubakar. The appointment was expected to take effect from 25th of February, 2021.
Responding on the appointment, an obviously excited Papa thanked Governor Matawalle for being a long standing support and trust for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) across the State through the yearly provision of modernized tricycles and other aids for easy movement.
He also congratulated the newly elected NUKESS president and his entire cabinet, expressing gratitude for his merit based appointment as Special Adviser for students with disabilities.
Papa, who is also Deputy Speaker, Students Representive Assembly, Sokoto State University and Secretary General of Yauri Emirate Students Association, Kebbi State Chapter said: “The right time has come for us to seek scholarships to study at home and abroad in order to boost educational development for people with disabilities, to boost their knowledge, and to brighten their career chances.
“Our disabilities are not liabilities as many of us are into different productive endeavors with our skills. Our localities need us, either as legislators, farmers, or medical experts.
“We are special! We have initiatives and aims of reaching our people through various schemes, encouraging them through educational programs to elevate our social status.
Papa on behalf of the PWDs, wished the Union President well. Meanwhile, he encouraged him to put smiles on the faces of young PWDs across the State by supporting them in education. In his words: “We’re prepared to join you in formulating policies and programs that will address our challenges”.
“Most importantly, you and His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Sen. Atiku Bagudu (Matawallen Gwandu) have treated us as fellow human beings. This we will always cherish.” He concluded.