By Adamu Suleiman, Sokoto
Wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu has said that showing love, care and extending support to Albinos would strengthen their abilities to contribute to nation-building.
“Albinos should and must not be neglected as they are an important and useful segment of society who is capable of adding value to the development of society,” she said.
She made the observation at the distribution of COVID-19 relief support to those living with albinism in the state at the Medicaid Cancer Foundation in Birnin-Kebbi, the state capital.
Mrs Bagudu who is also a chief campaigner against all forms of discrimination said: “Nigerians must be aware that albinos need to be supported financially due to their lack of Melanin which exposes their skin figment to the vulnerability of skin cancer and eye defects.
Mr Muktar Alkali, Assistant Coordinator of the Foundation explained that the United Nations resolutions gave birth to the need to commemorate Albinism Day in June every year since 2013.
Alkali said the thrust of the UN acceptance and signing of the agreement was aimed at raising more awareness and support to Albinism in order to bring an end to all forms of discrimination against albinos globally.
Highpoint of the event was the disbursement of N10, 000 relief supports to each albino in the state and health talk by Dr Jamil Muhammad.