AUSTIN OYIBODE, EDITOR
Head of the Delta state civil service, Reginald Bayoko, has said that children with special needs should be shown love and care, an action which will make them have a sense of belonging to multi-faceted society.
Bayoko spoke in Asaba, Delta state capital while responding to questions from journalists after the 10th year anniversary of Joy in Africa foundation, an institution which takes care of special needs children in Asaba.
Represented by Arthur Prest Umukoro of the office of the head of service, Bayoko said: “These children are part of us. What they need from us is love and care. We should assist them with whatever we can to make them comfortable.
“It is not easy having a young woman like Joy Iselebor doing the kind of work she is doing. We should come in what one form of assistance or the other for them. It’s not easy gathering these children with special needs. We should make them know that they have a place in society. She needs our support.”
An official of the Bayelsa state government, Joseph Mayomi, said he was moved seeing the children at the anniversary celebration, noting that he would give all the assistance he could to make the children happy and comfortable.
“What I have seen is a good development. Right now, I’m spurred to do more because I used to do little for them before. I promise to get assistance to her. The proprietress is someone who has passion to take care of the less privileged.
“She has come a long way 10 years in the system. I got to know her in 2017 and since then I have been doing my little assistance for her.”
Commissioner for basic and secondary education, Chiedu Ebie, also said the state ministry of education will assist the foundation in whatever ways possible.
The commissioner, who was represented by Mrs. Joy Buyibi Godson, director of schools in the ministry, said he was shocked when he visited the school, saying the children were seen studying mathematics and English.
He added that Delta state government is interested in taking care of the children, noting that a memo to provide facilities for the foundation has been passed and that at the end a special package would be prepared for the foundation.
The 10th year anniversary with the theme: “Speak out stigmatization, discrimination and abuse of children with disabilities,” drew parents of the children, members of the Delta art council troupe, others to the event.
A participant, Miss Ifua Edun, explained several factors that could lead to children developing deformities during child birth.
She said some of the causes are genetically related, some are caused by disease, some are hereditary and that some are caused by doctors who attended to the pregnant mothers during child birth.
However, she said the children should be accepted in society, they should be shown love to give them a sense of belonging, they should be given a voice and a place in society.
Joy Iselebor, proprietor of the foundation, gave an overview of how she has fared for the past 10 years, noting that God has been using good hearted people to assist the foundation and to take care of the children.