by Sani Sulaiman
The Hope Afresh Foundation which is a pet project of the Wife of Taraba state Governor Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku will provide an artificial limbs to five hundred Amputees across the state.
The program which is in collaboration with Centre for Advocacy for persons with Disabilities and Tolaram Charity Foundation.
The exercise was flagged-off by the wife of the state Governor at the Hope Health Center Jalingo, the state capital.
Speaking at the occasion, Anna Darius who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Taraba state Ministry of Health Dr. Musa Obadiah restated her commitment towards assisting and improving the well-being of persons with special needs through such projects.
While appreciating Governor Ishaku’s led administration for it’s support to the Hope Afresh Foundation, Anna Darius also reiterated her resolve to continue touching lives of Tarabans in diverse ways.
The wife of the Governor however, advised persons with special needs to be committed in positive activities that will always make them happy, as well as encouraged them to see ability in disability to enable them contribute their quota to the development of the state.
In a remark, National President, Centre for Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Omotunde Ellen Thompson said that after taking measurements of the Amputees for identification of either is leg or hand, the free distribution of the limbs will commence in two weeks time.
She commended the founder of Hope Afresh Foundation Anna Darius for giving a sense of belonging to persons with special needs in the state, while she enjoyed disabled persons to be productive and not to be intimidated by how they are being looked in the society.
Earlier, Chairman Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Taraba state chapter Comrade Sadiq Muhammed appreciated the gesture by the wife of the state Governor and her partners, while he called on his members to remain as one family.
The Chairman who was the Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku however commended the Governor for giving them sence of belonging during his first tenure by given them three political appointments in the state.
Our Correspondent who spoke to some of the beneficiaries observed that there were some that came from neighboring states which comprises Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi respectively.