Tuesday 2 June 2020

Expression of Joy as Crippled Wale Adenipekun Enjoys Ijesa Development Assembly's Largesse

Members of the Ijesa Development Assembly (IDA) on Monday 1st of June, 2020, provided a wheelchair and complete shoe making equipment for 40-year old, Mr. Olawale Adenipekun, an Ijesa man with disability. His legs are so badly formed from birth that they can't be used. He was in need of wheelchair which meets his needs both in terms of physically supporting his body correctly- including being able to change his position and protect him from injury.

                         Click on video to watch Wale sits on a wheelchair for the first time at age 40

Wale also learnt shoemaking which he practices in his own room and is in need of materials to get started which his household located at Araromi, behind the popular Atakumosa market in Ilesa could not afford to provide because of lack of fund.

                                  Photo of Wale with his father and his son

Our correspondent was present when the team of IDA Relief Support Team led by Mrs. Victoria Oluwaseun made a surprise visit to wale Adenipekun's family on Monday and handed over items that include a wheelchair, an electric multipurpose sewing machine, a generator, grinding machine and other materials.

We had a chance to talk to the beneficiary and his father who cares for and look after him. One can only imagine there surprise mixed with happiness.

                                      Click on the video to watch Wale expressing his joy and appreciation

                                                 Click on video to watch and listen to Wale's father

Some members of the IDA that witnessed the presentation are Mr. Akin Ajayi-Obe, Hon. Gboyega Ajeleti, Dr. Dipo Folorunso, Mrs. Victoria Oluwaseun and Oladimeji Lasore.Recall that, the IDA set up a Relief Support Team to assist some selected needy/vulnerable aged, challenged, widows etc that are considered to have been affected by the stay-at-home order occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus a.k.a COVID-19 lockdown.

The initiative which started on the Assembly's WhatsApp platform, (first used to generate fund  for a surprise 80th birthday bash for Chief Akinola, Sawe of Ilesa), has since provided a voluntary contribution/donation of  N14million out of which N7.5million was set aside for the first phase of palliative distribution to 1500 vulnerable people selected across all the 12 Local Governments and the Local Council Development Areas. The group successfully organized public event distribution in Ijebujesa, Ibokun, Ipetu-Ijesa, Ifewara, Osu and Ipole. The general distribution led by the supporting State Agency for Community and Social development Project (CSDP) is ongoing.

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