National Museum of Unity, Ibadan, in its commitment towards promoting culture and boosting patronage, has introduced different educative and informative platforms to bring people of all lifestyles close to the pristine collections kept in the museum.
For the second year running, the museum has successfully hosted its annual music, dance and drama competition for the physically-challenged.
The platform, which was an avenue to celebrate the physically-challenged, in order to give them a sense of belonging in the society, rallied corporate and private organisations for the event, with goodwill messages coming from different quarters.
With over 200 students from 10 different special schools within and outside Ibadan in attendance, this year’s edition drew applaud from spectators who were impressed by the electrifying performance put up by the 10 competing schools.
In addition, 2013 edition of the event came with a seminar paper, Empowering the Physically-Challenged: A task for you and me, delivered by a guest speaker, Mr Seyi Oyekola, who was represented by Oyekola Timilehin.
Speaking at the event, Oyekola explained that productivity is a key factor for a physically-challenged to succeed in life.
While calling on all and sundry to rally support for the physically-challenged around them, Oyekola added that the government had a major role to play in providing an enabling environment for the physically-challenged to explore their full potentialities.
“Government must provide infrastructure for the physically-challenged at every public place, while existing facilities are expected to be overhauled and maintained.
“We also implore corporate organisations, religious bodies and private individuals to intensify their supportive trend.”
While speaking, the Special Assistant to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on People with Disability, Prince Dapo Adelabu, revealed that the governor was already looking into the needs of the special people in the state with a view to assist them.
‘The governor is someone who cares about people around him, including the physically-challenged, and he would continue to boost the morale of the physically-challenged in the state,” Prince Adelabu said.