Barely 24 hours after Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) awarded Diploma Certificates to 15 people with disability in the Kano Metropolis, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr. Ajith Kumar V.V. being accompanied by a five-man team, has again called for greater inclusion of the people with disability, especially in the areas of gainful employment. Dr. Ajith said on Wednesday, 10th March 2021, during the Sightsavers Visibility Audit Mentorship event, where he was a guest speaker.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by the university’s Director of Academic Support Services, Ms. Sarada Maganti, the Head of Corporate Affairs, Engr. Bashir Garba, a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Vijay Arputharaj, the Event Coordinator, Ms. Nafisa Inuwa, the Media & Communications Officer, Mr. Unique Abade Christian and Mr. Musa Ayuba were heartily received by the Management of Sightsavers and their team.
While appreciating the gesture by the Sightsavers to Skyline University Nigeria, Dr. Ajith expressed his joy over the university's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards the people with disability. In his words, "It will be our pleasure to train you further to help you in the acquisition of your knowledge and skills, and set you up for gainful employment or entrepreneurship which can also create jobs". Further, he stated that SUN will be happy to take some of the people with disability into the workforce of the university.
Mr. Abdulrazak Adekoya, the Sightsavers Programme Leads for Inclusion Works, speaking on behalf of his organization, stated that the Sightsavers is a non-profit organization aimed at protecting sight and fighting for disability rights in Nigeria. He remarked that the visibility audit mentorship event was launched to challenge the people with disability to be more inclusive in the labour market and the business environment. He added that the university's effort to sustain the people with disability throughout the Diploma programme is what the Sightsavers stands for, to curb their exclusion especially in the areas of gainful employment.
While applauding the university's tremendous involvement with the people with disability, he described SUN as a major initiator in the areas of skills and knowledge-driven education.