Covid-19: Ogun Assembly Member Donates Food Items , Nose Masks To 100 Disabled Persons, Promises Them Empowerment
A member of Ogun State House Of Assembly, representing Abeokuta South 11, Hon. Ademuyiwa Adeyemi on Friday put smiles on the faces of the people with special needs by giving them food/ relief materials to support them during the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
The people with special needs numbered about hundred were given rice, spaghetti, garri, indomie, soap and other food items.
He also donated nose masks to them as part of preventive measures against corona virus pandemic, advising them to make use of it and maintain social distancing anytime any day.
Hon. Adeyemi while distributing the food/relief materials on Friday at Alake Sports Center In Abeokuta, maintained that he believed the most vulnerable set of people in our society now are people with special needs because most of them can only do little or nothing to cater for themselves.
He also emphasized that the most vulnerable are purely the people with special needs...hence the need to reach out to them and make them feel like they are part and parcel of the society.
Adeyemi said, ”My coming here today is to fellowship with my fellow brothers and sisters, people with disabilities. He said further that a "couple of weeks ago something pricked my heart with the question have u done anything for people with special needs in your local government and realised that my impact has not been felt amongst this group of people so I decided that today I will come especially during this trying period to put a smile on their faces.
”Today I am donating food materials to them such as rice, garri, indomie, washing materials, like soap and I hope to continue to do this, what I mean is that I hope to empower them and not to give them palliatives only but to fashion out a way for them to sustain themselves."
The lawmaker however assured the people with special needs that he will ensure the speedy process of passing the bill that has to do with people with special need at the house of Assembly.
”The bill is there and we have looked at it what we need is to fast track it. We discuss it in the assembly and am assuring them of a positive outcome soonest" He affirmed
Meanwhile, the president of the Association of Physically Challenged People in the state Comrade Kayode Sonde has since appreciated hon. Adeyemi for putting them in mind, during the covid-19 pandemic, saying that they have not enjoyed the kind of love given to them today.
He described the gesture as a unusual one, saying that no assembly member has ever reached out to them in this manner thanking Adeyemi for deeming it fit to remember them during this trying period.
”We want to appreciate the support of Hon. Adeyemi for this kind gesture at all times, this is another one again, he donated bags of rice, bags of garri, packs of Indomie, soap and other food materials to us.
”We have never experienced this love before, he felt for us because he understands our condition and he doesn’t want us to starve.
”We are sure that he will continue with this kind gesture, we are praying for him that he will continue to see the blessings of God as he has remembered us today may God continue to remember him for good things” He concluded.
He however called on other politicians to emulate Adeyemi in empowering them and providing means of survival for them during this period
The president therefore called on the federal government to include the disabled people in government.
”Government has failed to recognise us, they refuse to give some of us appointments because they have declared us not useful to the community, let some of us be SA, commissioners and other appointments because we are human beings like them”