3 DIVISION/OPSH donates wheelchair to disabled student, empowers community

In a heartwarming ceremony held at the 3 Division Medical Hospital and Services, 3 Division/Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) showcased its profound commitment to community welfare by donating a wheelchair to Mathew Mustapha, a 14-year-old physically challenged student from Government Secondary School Mr. Ali Jos.

The division also ordered the hospital to provide him with free medical treatment. In addition, three sewing machines were presented to beneficiaries of the Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme (MDHIP).

The GOC/Commander OPSH, General Abubakar, narrated how he first encountered Mathew during a tree-planting campaign organized by Plateau Peace Building in the Mr. Ali area of Jos.

Moved by the sight of Mathew struggling with his old tricycle, General Abubakar immediately directed that the student be brought to the 3 Division Medical Hospital for free medical care and additional support.

In his remarks, General Abubakar emphasized that the donation of the sewing machines to MDHIP beneficiaries aims to promote self-reliance and economic empowerment.

He announced that the recipients, who will receive training in tailoring at the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association Skills Acquisition Centre in Jos, will now have the tools needed to start their own businesses, improving their livelihoods and contributing to the economy.

Dr. Julie Sandas, Director General of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, applauded the Nigerian Army’s gesture and urged other organizations and individuals to support vulnerable members of society in similar ways.

Mathew’s grandfather, Mr. Thaddius M. Shaibu, expressed his deep gratitude. He revealed that Mathew, an orphan born with physical disabilities and underlying health issues, had been under his care along with two other siblings. Until now, no one had come to their aid.

Mr. Shaibu noted that the provision of a new wheelchair and free medical treatment would significantly enhance Mathew’s mobility and daily life, allowing him to pursue his education with greater ease and independence. He also prayed for the military’s continued success in securing the nation.

Also speaking at the event, Brigadier General AA Omobethai, Commander of the 3 Division Medical Hospital and Services, expressed his gratitude for the generous donations.

“These contributions will have a lasting impact on the lives of the beneficiaries. The wheelchair will transform Mr. Mathew’s educational experience, while the sewing machines will provide sustainable income opportunities for the programme’s participants,” he stated.

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