Wife of Nigerian High Commissioner in Ghana Donates Items to Physically Challenged Students
Wife of the Nigerian High Commissioner in Ghana, Mrs Margaret Abikoye, has donated items worth about GHC40,000.00 (N2.6 million) to the deaf, dumb and blind students of Mampong School in Akuapim, Eastern Region of Ghana.
The donation coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which the United Nations has been observing since 1992.
The Day is usually marked on Dec. 3.
In a statement, sent to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, Abikoye said the donation was in furtherance of her quest towards contributing positively to the host country.
Abikoye said the donation was in collaboration with spouses and officers of the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, the Nigerian Union of Traders Association, Ghana Chapter and the Nigerian Women Association in Ghana.
The donation comprised of foodstuffs, toiletries and children’s’ game items.
This is coming barely a year after she also donated food and other items to Nsawam Maximum Prison in Ghana.
Abikoye said that her team was well informed of the plight of the school and knew that the government of Ghana was trying its best.
“But no government alone can meet at the needs of its citizenry.
“There is the need for society to come together and contribute their quota and that is exactly what my team is here to do.
“Furthermore, as it is a season of love and giving, it is our purpose also to show love to the children and let them know that they are special and well appreciated,’’ she said.
While interacting with the children, the wife of the ambassador was hinted of various challenges, particularly lack of a sickbay.
She asked the school authority to provide a space in the school premises for the sickbay project, which the team promised to undertake in future.
Mrs Mahela Narh, the Headmistress of the School for the Blind, Akropong, Ghana thanked the team for the kind gesture.
Narh said that the children needed more empathy rather than sympathy.
Recalled that in December 2018, Abikoye donated food and other items to Nsawam Maximum Prison and Princess Marie Louise Hospital, Accra, to honour the promise she made at the first Charity Bazaar held in Accra in September 2018.
The bazaar was organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Women Association in Ghana and the Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG) and attracted corporate and individual sponsors.