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Physically Challenged Students In UDUSOK Pleads To Be Treated With Fairness [No Discrimination]


Students living with disabilities at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) have discussed their challenges, calling on management to initiate programmes to end discrimination against them.
The students were visited by our reporter, It was the second meeting of  physically-challenged students at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS). The students, under the aegis of the National Association of Physically-Challenged Students (NAPCS), gathered to discuss their challenges. The NAPCS President, Abdullateef Adetiba, a 400-Level Sociology student, said: “A good constitution is a necessity for the association to be fully recognised on the campus.”
Abdullateef, who was elected the previous week, urged members to come up with ideas on a new constitution. He said the document must reflect the aims and aspirations of the association and its members, adding that the constitution must be written to cater for the physically-challenged who would be offered admission in the new session.
He added: “Our major concern is to join the forces to tackle discrimination against the physically-challenged students. We are human beings too. We need to have a fixed projects and programmes for the members. This must be done through our annual due to ensure that we don’t go about asking people for money.”
Physically-challenged students, Abdullateef believes, have not been treated fairly by the university authorities. He hoped to change their situation, despite the short period of his tenure.
He said: “I would continue to serve the association in any capacity. I am a proof that physically-challenged students can be successful in whatever field they find themselves. I have been on scholarship since my 200-Level.”
After the meeting, some of the physically-challenged students shared their heart-rending stories, urging the school management to consider their plight.
Tukur Isah, an Education English student, told the story of how he became physically-challenged. He said: “I had an accident on Makera Road when I was travelling back to Lagos. I broke my leg in the accident. I have accepted my fate, but I will never be a beggar.”
Tukur urged people to stop discriminating against the physically-challenged, saying many of them could perform better in academics.
Ibrahim Hamisu, a 400-Level Nigerian Languages student, said the physically-challenged should be blamed for the manner the society deals with them. He said many people with disabilities lack confidence and self-esteem, saying: “Just look at how this meeting is scanty; many of us don’t even want to attend.”
Ibrahim said his greatest wish was to tackle discrimination against people living with disabilities. “Sometimes, when we get late to class, our lecturers won’t allow us into the classroom. They do not consider the fact that we get to class with much difficulty,” he said. He urged the school management to reduce fees for the physically-challenged to encourage them to study.
For Umar Luqman, a Primary Education student with visual impairment, the way the physically-challenged students are being treated can discourage them to get education. He said: “We have to stay on the queue for several hours during registration with our colleagues. We have never enjoyed our stay in the hostels, because the facilities are made for people without disability.”
For some of them, their conditions have motivated them to achieve their dreams. Ahmad Zubair, a 200-Level English Literature student, said his physical disability would not make him lose hope in his ability. He said: “I got my leg broken while playing soccer sometimes in the 2006. I was in hospital for two years. Being physically challenged, people think we cannot do anything. I am happy to say still engage in sport and my condition does not affect my studies. I believe I can achieve my dream despite my condition.”
Bashir Muhammad, a 300-Level Agriculture student, could not stand for three years after he was born. He has a one-sided paralysis, but he believes he can work in in the farm. He said: “I can create an enterprise. I can be a farmer and I can still do things that normal people do in the farm.”
The Dean, Students Affairs (DSA), Prof Adamu Aliero, debunked the claims that the school is not concerned about the physically-challenged students. He admitted that there are no facilities for them.
The DSA said: “We have special rooms for the physically-challenged students in the hostels and whenever we notice such category of students, we give them special consideration. Disability is not inability.”


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