By Chris Onuoha
In a bid to give back to society and bring hope alive to physically challenged in the society, Honourable Desmond Elliot, representing Surulere 1 constituency in Lagos House of Assembly embarks on a human capacity development and life changing programmes that are meant to affect the people of his constituency positively.
The programme includes; skill acquisition and empowerment program for physically challenged, medical outreach programs, scholarship project for indigent students funded by his foundation, football league initiative for youths among others.
The skill acquisition exercise already conducted for physically challenged persons by entrepreneurial and resource experts had reasons to smile as they were engaged in Bead-Making, Millinery, Tie-Dye (Adire) Making, and Arts & Crafts Creation with cash donation to start a new lease of life.
According to Hon. Elliot, “The physically challenged are one of the most vulnerable groups in the world today. In most Nigerian societies they have been neglected to their fate but the fact remains that they are bonafide members of our communities and we have a responsibility towards their well-being. My aim is to continue to empower them and monitor their progress as it goes, so that they can participate in society development.”
The medical outreach and fitness exercise recently held in Lagos which was tagged: “The Surulere Women Walk for Life, Good Health and Vitality”, had Desmond Elliot present with Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Ariyo as special guest. The program started with “Walk for Life” exercise with various health activities incorporated therein.
The Perm Sec who was very happy at the exercise said, “It’s all about health wellness for women. The Honourable is creating this awareness as to preserve the health of the people of Surulere and the general public. It is also, to show that he cares. He is paying back for their support and also seeking their support in return.”
Hon. Elliot while fielding questions from journalists said, “What informs the exercise is the need for people to have a healthy living. There’s no point struggling in life all day without a proper health check. The program will continue for the rest of the year till end of January 2016. Though, it is cost effective but we have to push to get things done because a healthy generation leads to a healthy nation.”
Speaking in the same vein, Mrs. Ariyo also disclosed that education in the state is improving and measures are in place to ensure that the general learning process is adequate and qualitative. She advised students to be diligent in their studies. “They should realize one thing that getting education is the bedrock of their success and should take their studies seriously.” She said.
Hon. Elliot in his remarks advised that Nigerians should be their brother’s keeper. He observed, “At one point, we are not where we are today. We must try to always remember the people that are at where we were then. Try at least to make one person smile. Nothing gives me pleasure to see people smile while touching a life. That should be the world of every public holder.”