By Sylvester Thompson
The Federal Capital Territory, FCT School of the Blind Children Abuja, has appealed to the government, NGOs, groups and concerned Nigerians for food and study materials aid.
This appeal was made on by Mrs Anne Ekandem, the Assistant Head Teacher of Academics of the school during a humanitarian visit by DE Norsemen Kclub Incorporated, an NGO.
Ekandem, a blind academic said that government support doesn’t usually come in time thereby forcing them to literally “beg’’ for help from individuals and groups.
She said though the school is tuition free, they are frequently faced with the challenge of how to feed as well as special study materials.
“The students are doing very well in academics, we graduated 21 students end of July.
“They are going into secondary schools and those that came for rehabilitation are going into the university, three of them wrote JAMB and passed,’’ she said.
Touching on the issue of visually impaired female students who were sexually abused by two male teachers, she said the case was still on.
“In every 12, there must be a Judas. It is not something that has not happened in any school or institution before.
“Why it is catching so much attention is because the children are visually impaired, but right now they are in police custody and the cases are still under investigation,’’ Ekandem said.
She also said one of the male teacher involved in the case shall be arraign in court on Monday, Aug.5.
Ekandem was positive the issue shall not be treated with levity by authorities handling the matter.
“Definitely, the Universal Basic Education Board is not sleeping, the Nigeria Policed Force is not sleeping, NAPTIP is not sleeping.
“They’ve been very supportive. Human Right, a lot of groups have been very supportive to make sure this thing doesn’t happen again,’’ she said.
Mr Kolawole Segun, President of the Abuja chapter of the DE Norsemen Kclub accompanied with other members, donated ceiling fans and plastic chairs to the school as part of their service to humanity.
He disclosed that prior to their visit, a delegation was sent to find out what the students needed to facilitate their studies.
“We learnt that the dormitories, classes and dining halls were very hot and so we had to get some ceiling fans they requested and plastic chairs because most of the chairs were benches.
“Long wooden benches and its difficult for them to move them because they are visually impaired, so they called for plastic chairs and that’s exactly what DE Norsemen kclub donated.
“We are regular callers here, when the school resumes on the Sept. 8, we’ll come with food items like we promised,’’ Segun said.
The club president, who emphasized that their cardinal aim was service to humanity, also promised the school that they would provide free legal services to them any time they needed.
“We all come from diverse backgrounds and a lot of us didn’t come from wealthy families.
“ But thank God for where we are today so we reach out to the less privileged,’’ he said.