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Delta govt lauds foundation over autism initiative

Delta State Government has commended Punuka Foundation and Centre for Autism and Development Disabilities (CADD) for their bold initiative aimed at enhancing the capacity of teachers and parents to identify and meet the various needs of children suffering from developmental and learning disabilities.

Special Adviser to Delta State Governor on External Relations, Mrs. Pat Ejeteh, who represented the governor at a seminar on  Managing Children with Special Education Needs (SEN) in mainstream schools organised by Punuka Foundation and CADD, held in Asaba, Delta State, said the seminar “is appropriate in furthering the Human Capital Development Component of the three-point agenda of the Uduaghan administration in the state”.

Her words: “Children are the leaders of tomorrow and any effort by individuals and corporate organisations to empower them and make them useful to themselves and to society needs commendation and support.”

The chief executive officer of Centre for Austism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD), Asaba,  Mr. Okey-Martins Nwokolo in his address commended the founder of  Punuka Foundation, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN) and his wife Chief (Mrs) Lizzy Idigbe for sponsoring the seminar alone adding that, “Chief Idigbe choose the path of patriotism when he decided to sponsor this event 100 per cent and make it free for all participants.”

Mr. Nwokolo who described Chief Idigbe SAN, the Akuluauno of Asaba, as a passionate son of the soil and untiring philanthropist who knows charity begins at home added: “What we are witnessing today is a demonstration of passion and commitment to growing awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Education Needs (SEN) in general.”

Punuka Foundation is a private charitable organization established in 2004 by Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN) and his wife. Objectives of the foundation include assisting disadvantaged children with access to education, knowledge and skill and sponsoring research work as well as giving medical assistance to children with special needs particularly those with genetic condition.


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