The need for a sustainable community development project by Youth Corpers was again emphasized.
Nasarawa State NYSC Coordinator Abdullahi Ahmad Jikamshi made the statement at the unveiling of forty wheelchairs for physically disabled members of the Uke community in the Karshi Development Zone in Nasarawa State.
The wheelchairs were provided to beneficiaries by body member Madugu Panam Amos through a partnership with a Jos-based non-governmental organization, Beautiful Gates. The company produces and gives free wheelchairs to people with reduced mobility.
Jikamshi praised the body member’s initiative through a project that directly touched the lives of a vulnerable segment of society, adding that the NYSC Community Development Service (CDS) program was specifically designed to galvanize development at the based.
He urged other members of the corps to emulate Madugu’s efforts by executing programs and projects that would have a positive impact on the lives of members of their host communities, especially the indigent. He urged beneficiaries to use wheelchairs to improve their quality of life.
The Coordinator noted that although Nigeria has been declared polio-free, parents should ensure that their children are properly immunized against childhood diseases such as polio, meningitis, measles, diarrhea and malaria in order to reduce the incidence of preventable physical disabilities.
Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Beautiful Gates Engr. Ayuba Gufwan urged beneficiaries not to view their physical disabilities as limitations that would force them to resort to begging for alms. He assured them that there was indeed capacity in terms of disability, assuring that with the help of wheelchairs they could engage in many vocations such as school, business enterprises, crafts. and become economically capable of living a meaningful life.
He promised to provide more wheelchairs to those who did not benefit from the first program.
The member representing Karshi in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, the Honorable Mohammed Abdullahi, who was represented at the event, pledged to give members of the constituency body the support needed to lead to many community improvement projects.
In his remarks, the traditional chief of the region, the Yakanaje of Uke His Royal Highness Alhaji Dr Abdullahi Hassan who was represented by Hussein Danladi, the head of the Kampani community, praised the efforts of the member of the body and thanked the NYSC for facilitating community development initiatives in body members.