Philanthropist distributes artificial limbs to amputees
A businessman and philanthropist, the Hon. Jonathan Bishara Shuki, from Akwanga in Nasarawa State, facilitated the distribution of artificial limbs to 180 amputees in Nasarawa and neighboring states.
Hon Shuki, through a Lagos-based Indian non-governmental organization, Ishk Tolaram, yesterday distributed the artificial limbs in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.
Nasarawa State Governor Engineer Abdullahi Sule, who was the special guest of the event, congratulated the sponsor of the initiative, calling on other wealthy people in the state to emulate the gesture by aimed at the less privileged.
âThese are the kinds of events that we see on television happening in other countries. That this is happening here in Akwanga, with our son taking advantage of a situation, is something to be commended, âhe said.
The governor said his administration was focused on helping people who had lost hope, mainly due to the inability of previous governments to address issues affecting their livelihoods.
Hon. Shuka said he decided to touch the lives of the less privileged for humanitarian reasons, saying the exercise was a revelation for all to spread the blessings of God by putting smiles on the faces of the oppressed.
He added that this gesture was also his effort to support the development initiatives of the Sule administration.
He said he met the owners of the non-governmental organization distributing free artificial limbs in Makurdi where they came to stay in his hotel.
He urged wealthy people not to sideline beneficiaries of the program who he said would drop their clutches and regain their lost lives.
He expressed hope that the initiative would reduce begging on the streets, as beneficiaries would be able to lead normal lives and seek gainful employment.
The NGO representative, Mr Jaifrakash, said that it took office in 2019, set up 69 artificial limb distribution camps in various states around the country and distributed more than 18,000 free limbs to people in the need.