Rehabilitation Center for Disabled, Old and Tramps, RECDOT, Ozubulu has celebrated 2018 United Nations World Disabled Day with the theme “Empowering Persons living with Disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
The celebration which took place at RECDOT Center, Ozubulu and kick started with a Holy Mass, attracted personalities from all walks of life including Lady Ndidi Mezue, State Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Priests as well as students from various schools among others.
Addressing the people, Lady Ndidi commended the management of RECDOT for taking up the charity work to give hope to the hopeless noting that the gesture is in line with Governor Obiano led administration’s effort to empower those living with disabilities and pledged state government continued support to the Rehabilitation Center.
Speaking on the essence of the celebration, Dame Rosemary Odunukwe, founder and Managing Director of RECDOT who traced the history of the school, said they want to use the opportunity to sensitize people on the need to bring their physically and mentally challenged to the center for total rehabilitation and to solicit for the support of government and public spirited individuals to enable them cater for the education, feeding and health needs of the inmates, disclosing that they have one hundred and thirty eight physically challenged persons in the center, more than four thousand aged and mentally challenged persons in another location in Ozubulu.
The Spiritual Director of the center, Very Reverend Father Theophilus Odukwe and Reverend Father Jerome Okonkwo, a lecturer at IMO State University, said the celebration coincided with the feast of Immaculate Conception and through the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the inmates will receive succour, healing and recovery saying that all hopes are not lost because God is with them.
Some of the inmates of the centre including of Ogugua Cletus and Ebuka Nweke both undergraduates, pleaded with the government and cooperate organizations to create job opportunities for them, and assist in their education.