Sunday, 14 June 2020

Ben Akak Foundation to advocate for people living with disabilities in C'River

Engr. Ben Akak, chairman of the Ben Akak 
Foundation, assisting one of PLWD's into the venue

In a bid to live up to it's core value of serving God and Humanity, the Ben Akak Foundation had decided to partner other well-meaning Foundations, Organisations and government agencies to advocate for the establishment of a National Commission for People Living with Disabilities. 

This was made known to newsmen by the Chairman of the Foundation shortly after visiting the aged and people living with disabilities. Engr. Akak noted that as a Non Governmental Organization, the Ben Akak Foundation will lobby government and make several positions known to government as well partner other NGOs and government agencies to send bills to the legislative arm of government for the establishment of a National Commission for People Living with Disabilities. 

"As an NGO what we can do is to lobby government as well as make positions to government, if possible send some bills to the legislature to ensure the commission for the disable is created." He noted. 

The philanthropist cum businessman, who on Saturday, June 13 led some members of the Ben Akak Foundation in continuation of his incredible philanthropic gestures donated, palliatives to the aged and physically challenged persons  at St. John Paul Home of the Aged and Disables, Calabar to mark Nigeria's democracy day. He noted 

He said the foundation decided to visit and donate palliatives to them in commemoration of June 12, Nigeria's democracy day, a day sacrifices were made. He said the enormous sacrifices made by Chief MKO Abiola and what he stood for propelled him to sacrifice the little he has with them and humanity

In his words; "Why we choose this day is because yesterday was June 12 and it is  a day that symbolizes sacrifice. The pillar of that struggle Chief Moshood Abiola. This was exactly what Abiola stood for and there's no best or appropriate manner one can represent, epitomize or celebrate Abiola rather than living the life he lived. And that's why apart from lobbying government, partnering with other NGO's and government agencies to ensure that their voices are heard we also want to live a life of Sacrifice." He said. 

Earlier on, the  Coordinator of Persons Living with Disabilities in Politics, Comr. Offiong Okon while thanking Engr. Akak for remembering them at this difficult time also appealed to the foundation to join other foundations and groups to call on the government to establish national commission for disabilities.

Also speaking, Augusta Otu,
former vice president, Joint National Association of Persons Living with Disabilities - Cross River state chapter appealed to the state government to establish desk offices for people living with disabilities in each of the 18 local government areas in the state.

Mrs. Joseline Akak, wife of the founder of the Ben Akak Foundation said the foundation had been reaching out to the less privileged privately. She added that the foundation is not just for the poor but for the less privileged, motherless babies and the aged in the society. She assured that foundation will continue to meet some of the needs tabled and reach out to the appropriate authorities for the ones the foundation cannot meet.

Items donated included bags of rice, beans, garri and cash.