By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus
Ilorin – The wife of Kwara governor, Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazaq, on Wednesday visited some selected homes across the state and presented gifts to the inmates.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that she visited Olorunda Trado-Psychiatric Home, Kwara State School for Special Needs and Kwara State Children Reception Centre.
At the School for Special Needs, Abdulrazaq said the state government was leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the institution was repositioned for sterling performance.
She urged the authorities of the school to guide and monitor the children as they were susceptible to abuse due to their condition.
”Due to the challenges some of your students have, I implore you to guide and monitor them well as they are susceptible to all manners of abuse and as you are aware ladies and gentlemen, we have no tolerance for any form of abuse in Kwara.
”Educating students with special needs in a way addresses their individual differences hence diverse interventions are designed to help individual students to achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and success in the school and their communities.
”This may not be obtainable if the students were only given access to a typical class room education.
”You are all special and unique in your own ways and I commend your teachers for bringing your individuality to bear in their teaching procedures,” she said.
The Principal of the school, Mrs Fausat Aroyehun, commended the state government for its contribution since the inception of the administration.
Aroyehun, however, urged the government to help in the construction of hostels, absorption of its casual workers into the state civil service and provision of solar light for the school.
At the Children Reception Centre, Abdulrazaq said that government was not resting on its oars in improving the living standards of all Kwarans irrespective of their condition.
”We may not be able to immediately surmount your challenges at the home but we will continue to drum up support for you as government alone cannot solve all the challenges being faced here.
”It is in this light, however, that I call on individuals, societies and organisations to always remember these children in their programme and activities.
”Food items, home utensils, even scholarships to these children would go a long way in shaping their future,” she said.
She also enjoined the students to be obedient and make good use of the opportunities given to them
”As I am in your midst today to share with you the good tidings this season brings, I want to enjoin you not to put limitations to your dream.
”I urge you also to bengood and obedient children to your care givers and on a similar note I urge the care givers too to be conscious of these children’s sensitivities and ensure that they are shielded from any form of abuse at all times.
”Permit me at this juncture to particularly commend the Kwara State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social welfare for their relentless efforts at ensuring that the home is run efficiently.
”I thank those who have been reaching out to the center and urge others to toe this path as these children are an extension of us and as such their care should be our collective responsibility,” the governor’s wife said.
The Coordinator of the Children Reception Centre, Mrs Oluwayemisi Bello, thanked Abdulrazaq for her visit and urged her to use her office to make the facility conducive for the children.
NAN reports that the inmates were presented with foodstuff and other essential items.