By Wole Mosadomi, Minna

I have decided never to beg for living despite my disability but rather pursue my education to the highest level in life for others to emulate. In fact, I don’t want people to look at me with pity and end up giving me alms; rather, I will prefer to be assisted by individuals, corporate organisations and government to attain my goal, academically, in life.

This was the moving and indeed hope-stirring statement of Lawal Bello, 19, a JSS 3 student of Day Secondary School, Gbada, Gidan Mangoro in Minna, Niger State. Bello who is crippled was not born paralysed, but was afflicted with this problem at the age of eight when he fell ill and was rushed to the hospital for medication. Sadly, instead of being healed, he was left with a permanent deformation.

*Lawal Bello displaying his certificate of honour while Hajiya Fatima Madugu(c)and some NECO officials look on

Narrating his ordeal to Vanguard Metro, VM, at the presentation of learning materials to students of Day Secondary School by the National Examinations Council, NECO, Lawal said misapplication of an injection led to his paralysis.

“At the age of 8, I fell ill and  was rushed to a hospital in Minna by my parents for treatment. I was given an injection by a nurse according to the prescription by the doctor.

Various treatmentsapplied

Three days later, I started feeling uncomfortable on my two legs to the extent that I could not stand on my own again except leaning against the wall or any other object. I was rushed back to the same hospital, but various treatmets applied did not work and that was how I became paralysed,” he said.

Lawal who is number six in a family of 12 children said only three of them are in school while others have taken to farming. “I have opted for education because I have set a goal for myself. My ambition is to become a lawyer in my life in order to help the less-privileged persons in the society fight for their rights and justice. No matter what the situation may be, I don’t miss classes in order to enable me attain my ambition in future,” he stressed.

On the assistance he received from NECO, he said: “I am the happiest person on earth today. These free gift of learning materials given to me by NECO will go a long way in solving my educational problems and this is an additional wake up call to me to read more and accomplish my ambition in life with a solid foundation.”

In a chat with VM, his father, Malam Bello, said though his son’s sudden ailment was lamentable, the development was an act of God. According to him: “It was an injection applied to my son that paralysed him. The management of the hospital took frantic steps to trace the nurse that injected my son but drew a blank. All other drugs and injections given to my son to save him from the agony did not work. The only consolation I have is that he is a promising boy.” He did not stop there.

“Besides taking him to the hospital, we also took him to many traditional healers but without any success. We are tired of running from pillar to post,   and that is why I said it is an act of God,” he submitted.

Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Professor Abdulrashid Garba said the gesture was part of the social responsibility of the Council towards establishment of a more cordial relationship with its immediate host in particular and the state as a whole. He said the beneficiaries are drawn from Day Secondary School, the only public secondary   school in Gbada, Gidan Mangoro.

Five of the SS3 students who excelled in a selection tests conducted by the Council were identified for sponsorship of the NECO 2016 Senior School Certificate Examinations(June/July). Other students in the SS2 Class were also presented with textbooks, notebooks and mathematical sets, while three other indigent students from JSS1 to JSS3   each received textbooks, notebooks, school uniforms, a pair of canvass shoes, a pair of stockings, a school bag and two singlets.

Professor Garba said besides the educational materials, NECO also drilled two boreholes for the people of the community. He promised that similar gesture will be extended to other communities in the area. The state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, was represented by the state Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Fatima Madugu, who commissioned the two boreholes.



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