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Access to Information: Foundation distributes radio sets to 50 blind women in Kaduna

Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State
By Hussaina Yakubu

Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria, on Monday doled out radio sets to 50 blind women and some rural dwellers in Kaduna, to enhance their access to information from around the World.

An official of the foundation, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, said the gesture was part of activities it lined up to mark the International Radio Day.

She said, “for easy access to information around the globe, we chose to distribute the radio to women residing in rural areas and some blind women residing in Kaduna metropolis.

“The reason is for them to be informed about their basic rights.

“There are about thirty basic human rights they need to know which can only be accessed by listening to radio.

“They include the right to education, right to life, right to privacy, right to asylum, right to Nationality and social security among others”.

Tijjani noted that in spite of the prevalence of mobile phones and similar technologies, radio remains a vital way of sharing news and communication in many communities in Nigeria.

She described radio as an empowerment tool for education and enlightenment which offers people opportunities to express themselves.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Wasila Isah, a blind woman, who resides in Rigasa, expressed happiness over the donation, saying radio has been her companion for long.

Also, Aisha Abbas, another blind woman who received a 12 band radio receiver, said it would assist her know about current happenings around her.

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