Governor Aminu Bello-Masari of Katsina State donated wheelchairs to 200 people with disabilities in 34 local government areas in the state.
The governor made the donation Thursday during the inauguration of the Aminu Masari Youth Foundation in Katsina.
According to Masari, the gesture was part of efforts to touch the lives of people with physical disabilities in the state.
He said the foundation should create positive opportunities for young people and provide humanitarian services to the less privileged.
The governor further explained that the foundation would embark on a mentoring program for young people to realize their potential as well as medical awareness of the needy.
Masari added that the inauguration marked a turning point in unfolding his dreams and plans for the future of young Nigerians to empower them.
“It is my vision for the creation of this foundation as my modest contribution to redirect our young people from addiction to productive and great people with the hope of a better future.
“This endowment will be used to provide the necessary support to our young people in the fields of education through scholarships and youth empowerment.
“And also medical awareness for less privileged and positive mentoring opportunities for our young people to reach their full potential,” Masari said.
He said the future of young people in Nigeria is linked to the realities of the nation’s political economy.
“So the type of young people trained in any society has a direct link with the opportunities available to them.
“An economically powerful youth is more likely to be patriotic, hardworking and reliable in the pursuit of sustainable development.
“While economically weak young people are prone to the vices of negative manipulation, opportunism, frustration and crime,” the governor said.
Masari urged the Board of Trustees of the Foundation (BoT) under the leadership of Kabir Mashi to stand firm and adhere strictly to the goals of the foundation.
According to him, he aimed to achieve his four cardinal programs of education, empowerment, medical awareness and mentorship.
Also speaking, Mashi said that the board members will work in accordance with the foundation’s goals to achieve the desired goal.
He assured the Governor of their unwavering commitment to achieving the foundation’s goal.
Responding on behalf of the other beneficiaries, Malam Muhammad Abubakar, thanked the governor for the gesture.
He said the wheelchair donation was a dream come true for many of them as it would facilitate their mobility.
Abubakar urged other wealthy people and organizations to emulate the governor by addressing the physically disabled in society.