It was indeed a day of outpouring of praise in Skyline University Nigeria (SUN), as the university awarded Diploma in Computer Science to 15 people with disability of the ‘Educate Community Programme’. The Educate Community Programme is part of the university’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to help physically challenged youths educationally, mentally and financially as well as to drive national impact on education.
The Award ceremony, which was held on Tuesday, 9th March 2021. was launched earlier in 2020 to engage the people with disability with training in ICT, Managerial skills, Business plan set up, as well as Industrial Trainings. This move by the university was anchored on the university's vision to develop the knowledge, skills and competency of all stake holders.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ajith Kumar V.V, making his address at the ceremony, informed the awardees of some of the landmark achievements of the University, which were quite remarkable in ensuring the successful completion of their programme “We believe in giving back to the society and to ensure that our students are sensitized to do the same. In future, we will be working more closely with Sightsavers for more inclusion of the people with disability”.
The Sightsavers Programme Leads for Inclusion Works, Mr. Abdulrazak Adekoya, also representing the visually impaired, expressed his excitement to the remarkable development that the university has achieved with the people with disability. As he puts it, “when we see institutions like this taking the bull by the horn we see possibilities in disabilities”. Mr. Abdulrazak also used the occasion to intimate stakeholders in the university with some of the plans the Sightsavers intends to pursue to transform the disadvantaged in society.
Mr. Fabian Tukmen, the Sightsavers Finance leads for inclusion works stated that Nigeria has potential and there are pool of people with a disability that are disadvantaged. He added further that the Sightsavers is ready to partner further with Skyline University Nigeria on Visibility Audit Mentorship, to challenge the people with disability to be more inclusive in society. “We are heartened by the achievements of the University and hope that all efforts would be made to sustain these achievements”.
Other distinguished speakers who made remarkable contributions at the ceremony, were the University Librarian and Acting Registrar, Mr. Kabiru Danladi Garba, The Director of Academic Support Services, Ms. Sarada Maganti, The Head of Corporate Affairs Department, Engr. Bashir Garba, The Course Instructor, Dr. Vijay Arputharaj and the Event Coordinator, Ms. Nafisa Inuwa.