THE ALBINO FOUNDATION PAID A COURTESY VISIT TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE GOODLUCK JONATHAN FOUNDATION ON FRIDAY, 25TH JUNE, 2021.
In the meeting, Mr. Jake Epelle of The Albino Foundation acknowledged the role which the former President played in approving the appealed 17.8 million paid for by the Finance Minister to his Administration. This helped in the free treatment of Persons with Albinism who have had cancer till date.
Mr. Epelle requested the need for a Voice of Advocacy like that of the former President for Persons with Albinism, not only in Nigeria, but Africa as a whole. He asserted that “the good work of the former President can be replicated by those presently in service, and ex as well”.
However, Mr. Jake further requested his readiness and that of The Albino Foundation to work with the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, especially in the new effort TAF is making on; Disability Inclusion, which has resulted in its partnership with Federal Radio Corporation (FRCN).
Therefore, he stated that its committee has chosen the former President as Chairman of the event of National Dialogue on Disability Inclusion coming up on the 21st of October, 2021.
Mr. Epelle made reference to the approved National Curriculum by the ex- President on teaching Albinism for Nursery, Primary & Secondary Schools. He disclosed that an Institute has been established at Afebabalola University where Doctors will be trained to specialize on Albinism.
In appreciation to all the contributions from the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Mr. Epelle presented an award to the ex- President for being the first President in the world that signed the First National Policy on Albinism.
The Former President appreciated Mr. Epelle for his efforts to the Albino organization and his leadership in being able to project interest in this cause. He stated his happiness in what the organization is doing, especially in the establishment of doctors at Afebabalola University in terms of creating specialization.
He spoke about the drug induced mental health challenges in Nigeria as a whole and his displeasure on series of negative stories on a daily basis in several spheres of the society. He also referred to the influence of drugs on young people who engage in cultism and others who seem mentally stable, but aren’t really.
His Excellency mentioned the importance of engaging young people most especially in skillful trainings so as to avoid their involvement in dealing with drugs. He further thanked The Albino Foundation for its Awareness Creation and assured support from his Foundation.