CDC Urges Nigerians to Support Children with Special Needs


Martins Ifijeh

As part of efforts to bring succour to children with disabilities in the country, Children Development Centre (CDC), has called on Nigerians to ensure they give priority to their needs in he society.

The Foundation said for the society to grow it must include everyone’s needs, adding that children with disabilities should be shown love and compassion.

Speaking at the 20th anniversary celebration of CDC, the Founder of the Centre, Dr. Yinka Akindayomi, said the quest to support children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families has remained undiminished for the group.

She said the support and contributions of all stakeholders has been instrumental to nurturing the institution into a world class care Centre where one of the most important tenets was creating an environment that is accepting of differences.

Over the course of two decades, she said CDC has pursued its mandate with single-minded determination, evolving into a major humanitarian leader for children’s wellbeing in Nigeria.

“During this period, the organisation has impacted on the lives of over 2000 children and young adults with development disabilities and their families in Nigeria. Slowly, our impact is being felt through various projects dotted throughout Nigeria. Who would have thought we would be here today providing comprehensive services and programmes to a wide range of families?

“Reaching this important milestone represents a remarkable evidence of CDC’s relevance and commitment to the socio-economic development of Nigeria,” Akindayomi said. Adding that the service looks ahead to the next decade with renewed resolve and vigour to serve the community even more.

Chairman of the occasion, Chief Bisade Biobakun commended CDC for its pioneering role in caring for and assisting young Nigerians to realise their given potentials.

‘Who Needs to be Normal’, he stated, has created a corporate history book that tells the story of 20 years as a game changer.

Biobakun applauded the management if CDC for being part of a cause that should be emulated by other well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations.

However, describing the organisation’s creed as an unbreakable contract, Akindayomi added that the 20th anniversary milestone will remain a watershed in its journey because it has provided further motivation and a solid platform to continue to render valuable services to the society.“Twenty years is a major milestone for our institution. Today, provides us a moment to reflect on our evolution as well as look ahead to the tasks that we must overcome,” she said.