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Foundation empowers over 20,000 persons with disabilities

Martin N. Umeatuegbu Operations Manager, Sir David Osunde Foundation (Middle) at the media briefing. Photo: Daniel Adejo

More than 20,000 Nigerians with disabilities have been provided with scholarships, educational grants, assistive devices, mobility aids and entrepreneurship skills within the past 29 years.

The Founder of the David Osunde Foundation, whose organisation has provided the empowerment facilities to as many persons with disabilities, made the disclosure in Abuja at a media briefing ahead of the 30th Special Easter Monday National Celebration in honour of PWD’s from all walks of life.

The annual event is organised by the Foundation to celebrate and empower Nigerians living with different kinds of disabilities.

Its founder, David Osunde, told the briefing that the core mandate of the foundation was to create national awareness for individual and collective responsibilities in taking special care of persons with disabilities.

He said the foundation also aims to ensure that persons with disabilities are encouraged to acquire education because, according to him, it is the only means by which they can know and defend their rights, privileges and prerogatives. It was vitally important that they are integrated and respected as members of the society, he stressed.

Mr Osunde, represented by the Operations Manager, Martin Umeatuegbu, commended president Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act and establishing the National commission for persons with disabilities.

The Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of Sir David Osunde National Easter Monday programme Mr Ikem Uchegbulum said over 5000 persons with disabilities will be participating irrespective of tribe or religion

He said food items, scholarships, grants and assistive devices, such as mobility aids, will be presented to the participants.

He applauded the collaborative partnership and efforts of the Church and philanthropic-minded individuals and groups for supporting the Foundation over the years.

Editing by Daniel Adejo