By Lere Olayinka

Ekiti state Governor, Engr Segun Oni has presented 18- seater buses to
three Special Schools in the state with an assurance that his
administration would continue to give the students that are physically
challenged the required support and encouragement that would enable
them study to the highest level.

Speaking at the presentation of the three buses, which were procured
from donations of some Friends of the Governor to the Head Teachers of
the School of the Blind Ikere, School of the Deaf, Ikoro and the
School of the Mentally Retarded and Physically Handicapped, Ido-Ekiti
at a ceremony in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Oni charged the pupils of the
schools to utilize their immense abilities and potentials to attain

He noted that his administration would continue with its policy of
providing automatic scholarship to students with disability adding
that over 60 disabled students of Ekiti origin were presently enjoying
the scholarship scheme.

“God has created you with immense ability and potentials. Don't be
discouraged about your physical challenges; your abilities are greater
than your challenges.

“I want you hold on to your abilities and train yourself to be one of
the best in the world. Think about what you can do. God has given you
an advantage over others because you are not going to run around and
indulge in those distractions other pupils engage in. I want you to
put your thinking to good use. I want you to use your ability to
conquer your challenge,” Oni counselled the pupils.

He disclosed that a platform under which well-to-do citizens from
across the world can donate to pupils of the school would soon be
opened, adding that donations would be properly acknowledged and
recorded in the schools.

The Governor said as part of efforts to make life more comfortable for
students of the three Special Schools, his administration had procured
and distributed specially produced mattresses for students of the

He urged teachers of the schools to properly prepare the pupils for
future challenges and to always remind them that their future was
assured with hard work and dedication to duty.

Responding, the State Commissioner for Education and Technology, Mr
Bade Adara expressed appreciation to Governor Oni for the initiative.

Responding on behalf the students of the three schools, Master Taofeek
Ogundana of the school of the deaf, Ikoro who spoke in sign language
expressed appreciation to the Governor for the gesture.