By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
A Kaduna based Non Governmental Organization (NGO), All Children Charity International Foundation (ACCIF), with support from TY Danjuma Foundation on Monday, presented equipment and materials worth over 14 million naira to 61 hearing impaired students of Government Technical College, Malali in Kaduna.
The students, early this year commenced comprehensive and intensive training in Shoe-making, Tailoring and Business Management skills which lasted for about 7 months.
Speaking at the occasion the Interim Team Leader of ACCIF, Barrister Paul Daudu, said it is a joyous occasion as hope is restored to the hard of hearing students who have showed commitment since the commencement of the training.
He noted that TY Danjuma Foundation is a pacesetter in humanitarian and philanthropic development in Nigeria, and charged other Nigerians to emulate them.
He encouraged the beneficiaries to ensure they fully utilize the equipment provided for them by the TY Danjuma Foundation and also use the skills they have acquired to train, transform and empower the lives of other hearing impaired students of the College.
“We call on the general public, government agencies and private companies to patronize the products of our trained graduates’ class of 2017.
“We encourage secondary schools and other NGOs to provide sewing and shoe contracts to our trained hearing impaired students and the unemployed in various skills.
“TY Danjuma Foundation and All Children Charity International Foundation have light candles we pray the light continue to light other candles. As we all become the change we want to see in Nigeria,” he said.
Barr. Daudu commended ACCIF trainers, sign language interpreters and the management of the college who work tirelessly to ensure that our goal is achieved.
“We also want to use this opportunity to wish Lt. Gen. TY Danjuma, Chairman of TY Danjuma Foundation a very happy, healthy birthday as he celebrate another birthday on 9th December, 2017. He will forever continue to remain our hero in Nigeria and the world at large. We pray he live to see many changed lives of the less privileged and the vulnerable in Nigeria,” he added.
In his remarks, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, TY Danjuma Foundation, Mr. Tersoo Akula, expressed satisfaction about the successful completion of the project.
He added that it is always a good feeling after moving from approval stage to the actual implementation and then seeing exactly what ones anticipated is much more thank what you dissipated.
He said it is the reason why the TY Danjuma Foundation works through partners such as ACCIF is because they are the experts.
He stated further that it is a good thing by showcasing products of the beneficiaries and hoped it will continue. He called on the state government and it citizens to patronize the beneficiaries products as a way to encouraging them.
Similarly, the host Principal of the College, Mallam Tukur Sani, thanked founder of the project, TY Danjuma, and the project organizers, saying the project has gone a long way in training students of the College, especially the hearing impaired.
According to him, the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is looking for the possibility of sustaining the programme.
“Already the College have signed an MoU to continue by including the programme as extracurricular activities in the College before it integration into the curriculum by the government. he said.
The items distributed, includes; generators, hand sewing machines filling machines and other numerous shoe making essential materials. Others are, sewing machines, electric and charcoal pressing irons and many other start up materials for tailoring.