On Saturday, 9 June 2018, Angel Wings Global Freedom Foundation in partnership with One Voice Initiative for Women and Children Emancipation (OVIWCE), Youth Aid Development Foundation (YADF) and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network Ibadan hosted the first ever Ibadan Ability-in-Disability Conference at the Initiative for Information, Arts and Culture Development (IACD), American Corner, 54 Magazine Road, Beside Booksellers, Jericho Ibadan.
The event started at exactly 11:00 A.M. with the Chairman’s Opening Remarks. The Chairman of the day was Prof. G. Ogunmola, Chancellor, Lead City University, Ibadan. The Convener of the Event Ms. Abiose Falade welcomed all guests to the Conference and spoke about the reason for coming up with it.One of the Conference’s objectives is to inspire leadership and advocacy towards building a more collaborative, inclusive and diverse environment that promotes the rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The first speaker of the day was the Convener’s Mum, Dr. (Mrs) Falade. Her speech was centered towards Miss Biose’s upbringing and how the disability was discovered. Also present at the Event was Prof. Mr. G.K. Falade, the Convener’s father.The Conference is also aimed at empowering people with disabilities, their families, Civil Society Organization, Professionals, Administrators, Policy- makers, and Researchers towards promoting the rights of Persons Living With Disabilities.
The event featured Talks, Panel Discussion, Mentoring, Poetry, Exhibition/Refreshments and Free Medical Check-Up for all Participants. The World report on disability, published in 2011, said about 25 million Nigerians had at least one disability, while 3.6 million of these had very significant difficulties in functioning. The 2006 Nigerian census reported 3,253,169 people with disabilities, or 2.32% of the total population of 140,431,790 in that year.In developing countries, particularly Nigeria. Most of the diseases causing disabilities are preventable. Many of these are infections which could be prevented with medical care.The perception of handicapping conditions by most Nigerians it is argued, are greatly influenced by myth and superstition, which in turn influences the negative attitude of people towards disabled people.The lack of medical facilities has contributed to the spread of common diseases which otherwise would have been controlled or eradicated, as is the case in developed countries like Britain and America.Rights of disabled people are emphasized. This includes the right to an education and the right of access into buildings.
Fortunately, there are moves towards the attainment of these basic rights in various sectors, particularly the University of Jos which has the largest concentration of blind students in one single institution of higher learning. Special Education now serves students at all levels in Nigeria. Differences exist between states and between urban and rural areas. Considerable efforts have been made to promote integration though special schools are also an important part of the service pattern. Special education needs to be coordinated with improved health care and early diagnosis of disabilities. Present at the Event was Mrs. Fadugba, the Aunt to the Convener, a seasoned business woman, a mother, grandmother and a philanthropist. Prof. Obafunke Deloye, Deputy Provost, College Of Medicine, Professor Olapade, a provost of the college of Medicine.
The Founder of Youth Aid Development Foundation, Mr Fidelis Bonaventure Uzoma was the anchor and compere at the Event.
Other Speakers at the Event include; Mr Idowu Adeyemi, Dr. Raj Serrano, Mr Emeka Ossai, Dr. Adewale Ayodele and Mrs. Grace Alexander Abimbola.
The closing remark was taken by our Founder, Olayinka Joseph ADEBAJO. The event ended with Photograph Sessions and Networking.