By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS Port Harcourt
Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike has stated that investing in the lives of less privileged children and the physically challenged would engender greater development as more people would be equipped to contribute to societal growth.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, she spoke on Monday in Port Harcourt during her visits to ‘The Child’ Special School, Home for the Elderly and the Port Harcourt Children Home as part of activities to commemorate the 2016 International Women’s Day Celebration.
She noted that providing quality education to children with special needs will equip them with the right skills to live productive lives.
According to her, the state government will continue to support institutions that cater for children with special needs as that is the best way for the society.
She said: “These children must have their childhood protected so that they can contribute meaningfully to societal development in future”.
At the home for the elderly, Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike stated that there should be constant respect and compassion for those who have dutifully served the society so that they can live the rest of their lives gracefully.
Responding at The Child Special School, Reverend Sister Sylvia Anyanwu said that the school is a project of the Catholic Diocese of Port Harcourt aimed educating children with intellectual disabilities especially those living with down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other crippling disabilities.
At the home of the elderly, Reverend Sister Mary-Jane Raphael Agubosi said the home improves lives of the elderly who are facing significant physical, psychological and dementia challenges.
Highpoint of the visits to the homes was the presentation of monetary and food gifts by the Wife of the Rivers State Governor.
The inmates of the homes also rendered songs to the delight of the wife of the governor and her entourage.
The governor was accompanied to the homes by wives of political appointees and elected officials in the state.