“I have lost several opportunities due to my condition but I have always stayed strong knowing that I can get the support I need at the right places.”
The words of Titilayo Agbanigo, a visually impaired 23 year-old daughter of a petty trader whose father is late but had her dream of furthering her education at the tertiary level fulfilled by Ekiti State Government.
She attended School for the Blind, Ikerre-Ekiti, Ekiti State. She obtained her General Certificate Examination (GCE) Certificate afterwards, passed her Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination and gained admission into Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State with the support of Ekiti State Government through the office of the Senior Special Assistant on Social Welfare and the office of the Special Adviser on Social Investment.
Narrating her story, Titilayo said, “I lost my father few years back but my mother has been very supportive despite having next to nothing to take care of me. I was determined to seek help to further my education so I visited the Governor’s office in that regard.
“Fate has been kind to me since I met the Senior Special Assistant on Social Welfare, Princess Iyabo Fakunle Okiemen. She has ensured I get the necessary help I can possibly get from the government concerning my education.
“I have never allowed my situation to let me down. I have always believed in myself and I understand the place of education and how important it is to my life. I have enjoyed academic benefits under the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.
Speaking during a birthday party organised for Titilayo, SSA Social Welfare, Princess Iyabo Okiemen said the government, through her office will continue to look into the welfare of the people adding that it is important to care for special people of Titi’s kind.
“I am happy the government is able to come to her aid. She is a special person to us and she has enormous gift of learning quick. I was moved by her condition when she approached me and I made a resolve that the government must come to her rescue. She is a potential future leader of Ekiti State.
She also thanked the Special Adviser on Social Investment, Barrister Victor Kolade for his support in Titi’s case.
“My special appreciation goes to my boss, Barrister Victor Kolade for his immense support to the office of Social Welfare. He has been proactive in the case of Titilayo and ensured we are able to help her secure admission to further her education. She is a potential we cannot afford not to help and we will continue to support people like her to help them reach their full potentials,” She said.