Hope House Initiative Marks 10th Anniversary, Atiku’s Wife Advocates Legislation For Children With Special Needs

PIC-3----His-Lordship-(Dr)-Anselm-Umoren,-Titi-Abubakar-and-Mrs-Hilda-Adeboye- His Lordship (Dr) Anselm Umoren, Titi Abubakar and Mrs Hilda Adeboye 

Chief (Mrs.) Titi Atiku Abubakar, wife of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has once again advocated for legislation that will make it compulsory for government to extend social help to the vulnerable and those special needs in Nigeria.

Mrs. Abubakar spoke as Chairperson, Board of Trustees of the Hope House Initiative, a school for vulnerable children at the 10th year anniversary and fund raising for new building and state-of-the-art facilities of the school on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center in Abuja.

The International Day of People With Disability is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992.

According to Mrs. Atiku Abubakar, “The aim of the Day is to encourage better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity, and welfare of disable people.”

“Children and young people with learning difficulties may not be able to easily adjust to a normal educational environment; they need acceptance, special care, patience, empathy and love to meet their learning needs”, she added.

Speaking on the educational system for children, Mrs Abubakar observed that the system isn’t just unbearable; the children often find it tasking to fit into conventional schools due to peer discrimination and learning difficulties. These children she said, can only progress through special education especially when coupled with training in life and vocational needs.

In the same vain, Chairman of the occasion, represented by Chief Patrick Chidolue, lamented that the government has been focused on making laws that strengthen the strong to the detriment of the weak. According to him, every society is accessed based on how well they provide for the weak.

If this legislation is passed it will be the second time that Mrs. Atiku Abubakar has initiated and pushed for the passage of legislation for vulnerable people in the National Assembly. The first was on human trafficking and child labour eradication bill which passage into law led to the creation of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

 

View photos from the event below!

 

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