By Kayode Adeoti
In order to make learning environment conducive, Becky Foundation has promised to construct accommodation of 50 bed spaces, worth N16.5m at the Kwara State School for Special Needs.
The Chairmanship of the foundation, Rebecca Adimula made the pledge on Tuesday while delivering speech at the 3rd Graduation and Prize Giving Day of 83 pupils and students even as she donated N10,000 cheque to the overall best graduating student for the 2017 session, Atilola Dupe Esther.
She added that the Principal, Hajia Fausat Aroyehun has requested that the foundation support the school with a capital project, saying by December, the hostel will be erected.
According to her, this is the third year Becky Foundation is giving award to the best graduating student of the school. Incidentally, all the recipients of the award since 2015 have been females. She assured that the annual award will be sustained by the foundation.
Speaking further, she appreciated the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdufatah Ahmed for providing the basic needs of about 450 pupils and students in the school even as she charged them to always listen to the counsels of their parents, which according to her will lead them to remarkable success in the future.
In her remarks, Hajia Aroyehun stated that she initiated the graduation ceremony upon her resumption as the school principal in order to give joy and hope to both the parents and their wards.
She said, “No one has ever done graduation ceremony for the children since the inception of the school. I felt that was not right when I resumed office in 2014 and I started the programme in 2015 to reignite the spirit of the parents who may have lost hope and to equally give their wards joy of leaving the school for greater opportunities.
“We have three categories of pupils in the school; we have the hearing impaired which is about 87 per cent of the population, the visually impaired which is 6.5 per cent then intellectually challenged who are about 6.5 per cent also and with the help of God, we are able to manage them.
“All together, we are graduating 83 pupils and students, you can see their handworks, they’ve made many beautiful things which many people with abilities cannot dare. “There is ability in disability and that is what we want people out there to know. The governor has equally been supporting us; accommodation, tuition and feeding are all free. It is not the same situation in other states but we have a governor in Kwara, who makes us number one in his heart.”