The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has donated equipment worths seven million naira to a charitable organization ‘Bina Foundation for people with special needs’.
The Minister, Sen. Dr. Chris Ngige announced the donation weekend during the foundation’s 2016 Annual Convention and Graduation Ceremony of 180 special needs students at Emene, Enugu.
The Minister who appreciates the visions and objectives of the foundation promised that the Federal government will start paying stipends to the trainees of the foundation till graduation.
The 180 students who are mainly physically challenged was trained in various skills and acquisition; computer literacy for the blind, catering/fast food, bead making/wire works, tailoring/fashion designing, cosmetology, paint making, hair dressing and barbing, shoe and bag making, GSM phone repair, TV and radio repair and musical band.
In an address of welcome the President & Founder, Bina Foundation, Lady Ifoma Atuegwu enjoined the graduating students to maximize the training and skills they have acquired to become self-reliant.
She noted that skill acquisition is a veritable tool that helps to reduce mass unemployment, armed robbery, open street begging and other social vices.
Lady Atuegwu explained that Bina Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization setup to alleviate the pains and suffering of the poor and needy, improves the lives of people with special needs as well as all those neglected, marginalized and stigmatized in the society. “Established in 2010, we have special programme that rehabilitate and restore the dignity and pride of the people with different forms of disability.
“Our programmes provide free medical services including eye care, emotional, psychological, educational, nutritional, financial support, charitable activates, and skills acquisition/vocational training.
“The objective of the foundation is to reintegrate the people with disability into the society, and tear down the social and economic barriers that hold them back thereby making them functionally relevant”, she explained.
Earlier in a remark, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Nnia Nwodo urged the graduating students to be diligent and hardworking to ensure sustenance and growth in their different endeavour.
Speaking, Chairman Board of Directors, Prince Chris Atuegwu who said Bina foundation is designed to help in promoting attitudinal change, and wealth creation to the teaming youths with special needs called on people with special needs to seize the opportunity to educate and train themselves to be self-reliance.
Dignitaries in attendance includes; wife of the Ondo State Governor-elect, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu; Archbishop of Enugu Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel O. Chukwuma among others.