BY BOSE ADELAJA
LAGOS—A Member of the Board of Trustees, BOT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Bode Olajumoke, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the Disability Bill into law, to lessen the suffering of physically challenged persons in the society.
Senator Olajumoke spoke yesterday while handing over a four-bedroom chalet at Ibeshe area of Ikorodu, which he donated to Baden Powell International Scout camp, in commemoration of his 70th birthday.
Olajumoke, who turned 70 on July 1, expressed disappointment in the presidency for delaying signing the Bill into law, saying ‘’I proposed a Bill which was passed by both the lower and upper Houses to ensure public infrastructures are usable for the physically challenged. However, the Bill has been pending since October 2011, just like the Medical Bill, which the Presidency attributed to lack of funds.’’
He called on the Senate to use its veto power to enact the law, noting that ”The physically challenged are talented. If well funded, the sky will be their limit to prove there is ability in disability.”
The Senator said he was inspired by former Justice Adeoba to donate the chalet stressing, ‘’this is a challenge for other well- meaning Nigerians to encourage this kind of venture while they are alive. A good example was late Justice Adeoba, who donated an acre of land to the Anglican community. What would have happened to the land if he had not donated it?’’
Senator Olajumoke later threw the gathering into a laughter mood saying, ‘’the luncheon was prepared for the special Scout (physically challenged) mainly to mark my 70th birthday. When I turned 70 recently, my friend and Chairman of Vanguard Media Limited, Mr. Sam Amuka said he would start calling me ‘Baba kekere’, meaning Small Daddy. So, I prefer to be called ‘Small daddy’ than ‘Pa’.’’
Earlier, State scout Commissioner, Chief Jonathan Tawose, described the Senator as a man who had single handedly sponsored the physically challenged Scouts on jamborees outside the country and had also made donations in various places.
He said; “A man is successful if he is able to touch the lives of others. This is what Senator Bode Olajumoke has done.’’
Speaking, Chief Commissioner of Scout in Nigeria Olusoga Sofolahan Olori-Omoba called on scout leadership to support the special scout saying, ‘’we appreciate Senator Olajumoke’s leadership support in the last decade and also his continuous participation to ensure scouting grows both nationally and internationally. We don’t want things to fall apart, as a result, we shall continue to work together as brothers,’’
In a chat with Vanguard, the celebrant said he enjoyed devoting his time to cater for the less privileged in the society.
“Doing this is a norm. I enjoy spending my time in the midst of the less privileged. This is just a repeat of my practice. At 70, I expect continuous grace from God Almighty’, he said.
Present at the occasion were the Senator’s wife, Princess Remi, government representatives, community leaders, traditional rulers and members of the Boys Scout, who expressed gratitude at the donation.
The Olu of Ibeshe, Oba Richard Ogunsanya was represented by three Baales, Chiefs Jimoh Badejo of Oluwoye, Awoyemi Tijani of Oke-Ota and Rasaq Sanni of Osorun town.