Asiwaju Fola Osibo
The 22nd yearly inter-house sports competition of the Vocational Training Centre for the visually impaired will hold on April 6 at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Field.
Two houses, Blue and Red, with 29 students in each House, will participate in events that include March Past, 50 metres (male and female, three legged race (male and female), walking race (male and female), shot put and tug of war. Others are invitational relay races, Old students race, parents/guardian race, executive council members/friends of the society race, staff race and search game (female).
Speaking at the occasion to herald the event, the Chairman, Executive Council of Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind, Asiwaju Fola Osibo, said the activities were being organised to develop the physical wellbeing and the social development of the trainees.
“When they do sports, they are kept physically fit and healthy. They develop the sense of social interaction with one another and the ability to compete in issues of life at anytime.
“The sporting activities, which is a yearly event started the resumption of the school for this year in January when practices started early enough. The committee has been meeting on several occasion to organise a successful outing,” he said.
Osibo added that officials of the Lagos State Sports Council have been supportive in the training and engagement of special people’s coaches for the trainees.
He, however, call on other corporate bodies and individuals that are yet to contribute their quota, to do so, so as to give hope to the visually impaired ones that after all there is ability in disability.
According to the organisers, the major sponsors of this year’s event include FBN Merchant Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Lagos City Club, Access Bank, Lagos State Ministry of Education among others.
Vocational Training Centre offers rehabilitation programme to the blinds with the aim of training them physically, spiritually, socially mentally and morally.