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Olagoke B... , a young hearing impaired man, was found as an abandoned baby by a police officer in Iwo Nigeria on 2nd of April 2010. He was then taken to Iwo zonal police station and was named after the officer that found him.
Olagoke was later taken to correctional home in Osogbo for Rehabilitation... Thanks to the visit of the diocesan association, JDPMC (Justice Development and Peace Movement Commission), who investigated into his case, and consulted the Coordinator of St. Mary Rehabilitation and Development Centre to intervene into Olagoke’s issue. He was later bailed out with the collaboration of the Center and the help of the Catholic Law Enforcers-Barrister working for the JDPMC. Olagoke was eventually released to the care of St. Mary's Rehabilitation and Development Centre Ipetumodu.
Having brought him to the Centre the necessary medical assessment was carried out on Olagoke and he is medically fit except that he is hearing impaired. We also carried out an aptitude test on him and it was discovered that Olagoke is very intelligent, full of respect, hardworking and caring. Olagoke found life and a conducive space at St. Mary’s Rehabilitation and Development Centre. While he was at the correctional home, he had acquired sign language through a few deaf friends who visited him. Now Olagoke is placed in primary ‘5’ in the Centre and he is doing quite well but he looks up to the Centre now for his survival.
The Centre continues to fight against discrimination and to make sure children living with disabilities are given equal right as all children.
Elizabeth Kehinde, DHS. Nigerian Vice-Province. Posted on December 27, 2019