A Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organisation known as Tukur and Tukur Foundation has donated wheelchairs to 13 disable children who were out of school due to mobility challenge to address their future.
The Foundation at the weekend also provided free medical treatment to 1,500 less privileged persons at Ungwar Sarki, Kaduna North local government area.
Speaking after donating wheelchairs to the beneficiaries during the medical outreach, Coordinator of the Foundation, Col. Haruna Idris Zaria (rtd), warned that the beneficiaries must not sell the wheelchairs.
He lamented that some of the people who benefited from the Foundation’s wheelchairs donation in 2016 sold them, while some others used them for illicit purposes.
He however said that the 13 beneficiaries of the new wheelchairs were carefully selected after screening, adding that they were people who really needed the devices to aid their mobility to school. The retired military officer said, his Foundation was established to assist the less privileged members of the society, saying that government cannot do it alone.
According to him, “as privileged members of the society, we have to rise and assist the government. Today, we are contributing our own quota as a Foundation. We want to assist to stop building a society where people beg for alms.
“We have realised that if we allow children to grow without education just because they are disabled, they will end up turning to beggars. That is why we are donating wheelchairs to 13 disabled children to enable them go back to school.”
Speaking on the medical outreach, Col. Zaria, said, the gesture was to take healthcare to the downtrodden, saying that the outreach covers treatment of malaria, skin diseases, ulcer and eye illnesses.
The District Head of Gabasawa, Alhaji Shittu Ibrahim, commended the Foundation for reaching out to over 1,500 persons, including women, children and aged, while urging other well meaning Nigerians to emulate Tukur and Tukur Foundation.