• September 28, 2020

‘Disabled’ Boy’s Courageous Trade-craft Draws The Sympathy of Kind Nigerians

Ex Lagos State lawmaker (in Nigeria) Ipoola Omisore has helped a physically challenged boy who sells sachet water to a new life – the boy will be provided with an artificial leg and pocket money which would be deposited in an account to be opened in his name.

The kind law-maker says the boy’s parents will also be helped financially.

The former member of the Lagos State House says Chiagozie Sunday Nweke who supports his movement with crutches while hawking sachet water, was discovered in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.

“I spoke with his parents and told them of my intention to bring the boy to Lagos and enroll him in my school, but his mother refused. I agreed with them. It is not easy to trust anyone”

From my discussion with the parents, I got to know that they survive mostly on the sachet water the young boy sells and that he had been doing this diligently not minding his condition. All he wants is to see that they can eat.

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I have therefore asked them to go open an account in the boy’s name because I got over 20 people, some from outside Nigeria, who have volunteered to help him and his parents”.

He passionately explained that he was just going through Facebook in the evening of Thursday, April 3, when he saw the photograph of the boy.

He said he could not move further after seeing the way the boy supported himself with a crutch and with a bowl of sachet water on his head.

The boy and his parents sleep in an uncompleted building in the centre of Abakaliki. He strongly believes their story must get better. He hopes to visit the family after the lockdown.

He said his gut told him it’s not nice to neglect such story and that he should not just pass by.

Subsequently, he has reached out to well-meaning people and organisations to change the story of the boy and his parents. “That is the spirit and that is what my parents thought us all to do – assist people,” he said.

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Omisore has spent many years sponsoring indigent students through scholarship programmes and helping to train artisans. He mentioned some notable people who have promised to join him in the project.

Some of those who have signified to help are Otunba Bisi Kolawole, a former commissioner in Ekiti State, Pastor Femi Arilewola, Otunba Tunde Shodimu, and Ola Omisore. Others are
Omolola Olumide, Basirat Hammeed, Soyingbe Sunday, George Idowu, Rosemary Chukwu and some in the media and business industry.

However, it is worthy of note that the young boy is a victim of child labour – a menace common in most African poor homes where parents sit at home and children hustle to care for the family.

Government need to do more to stop child labour…

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