By Bolaji Segun and Gloria Oladeji
The Dotun Tejuoso Muscular Dystrophy Foundation (DTMDF) on the 2nd of March 2019, held her first awareness walk in the morning, tagged RampUp Nigeria, in partnership with National Association of Deaf (Oyo State Chapter), Junior Chambers International (UI branch), Volunteers Hub Africa and Angels Wing Global Foundation.
The charity walk which covered the vicinity of University of Ibadan main gate and Sango area of Ibadan, lasted for almost two hours. The essence of the walk was mainly to enlighten the public about the need to include ramp in buildings to accommodate all, including those with one disability or the other, but especially the ones using wheel chairs.
Shortly before the commencement of the stop-and-educate walk, the coordinator of the walk addressed the participants, enlightening them on the standing motive of the walk.
In her remarks, she encouraged the participants to seize the opportunity to sensitize and educate the public on the need to eradicate all forms of discrimination against people with disabilities in the society.
The participants shortly after the commencement of the walk, stopped along Samonda to engage passersby and the residents of the area, enlightening them of the essences of the walk. Majority of the residents showed interest and gave the participants the required audience.
One of the market women who was engaged in a discussion, admonished the governments and her colleagues to see the walk as a good fight for the disabled and should take necessary steps in that regard.
The walk also spread to the Sango’s Police Station, where the policemen on duty were able to see the importance of the walk.
The Assistant General Secretary of Joint National Association of Persons with Disability demonstrated the need for the police station building to have ramps, so as to accommodate those with disabilities, enabling them have the privilege of visiting the police station needing less or no assistance.
The message was communicated across to other shop owners and residents around the police station.
However, a resident of the area also contributed by suggesting, that house and shop owners and should start implementing ramps in their various buildings. In her opinion, she encouraged the public to join efforts with the government in creating ramps in buildings and eradicate discrimination against the disabled.
The walk came to an end as the organizers appreciated the participants and volunteers who were mainly youths, commending them for their selfless service to such worthy course.
The walk session ended with a group picture and refreshments for all participants and volunteers.
RampUpNigeria movement is an initiative of Yemi Tillman, Chatt Sharon of enabling spaces and Blessing Mary, the cofounder of platinum interventions care initiative, to ensure that all authorities in Nigeria create an enabling environment for persons living with disabilities.