Tubah Council, one of the seven councils in Mezam Division of the North West Region has remained consistent over the years in her inclusion drive.
Under Mayor Tanjong Martin Mushongong, the Council has been promoting inclusion, winning an award in 2014 of the only council in the region with a Person with Disability, PWD in his executive.
Years on, mayor Tanjong says extending a helping hand to PWDs is ‘‘…a spirit that I have in me’’. Though it is not a council policy, he just cannot help but offer assistance to these people.
In the latest move, the council has begun a needs assessment for all PWDs resident in Tubah including students of The University of Bamenda to ascertain their exact needs so as to respond to in the days ahead.
Over 43 persons most of whom family heads and children turned out for a meeting with Mayor Tanjong Thursday February, 2021. Preliminary assessment had some of these potential beneficiaries with varied needs including urgent health care.
Merchilsedet who has disability that makes it difficult for her to move her limps has since 2015 not seen a physiotherapist for massage. His neck cannot move properly and his helpless mother watches daily in pain.
For 8-year old Melisa, she was hit by malaria paralysis in 2017, after first treatment, she has remained home with her parents. She can neither walk nor talk. The former nursery one pupil is losing the hope of ever being in a classroom again.
To these cases and seven others, the mayor ordered their immediate transferral to a decent hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.
With or without funds from the council coffers, the joy of mayor Tanjong is seeing them alive and strong. ‘‘Whether there is money in the council or not, they need to live, I finance their wellbeing from my earnings, my business, friends and money from the council’’ mayor Tanjong said.
In January this year, the council donated a motorbike to Our Lady of Consolation Centre for Children with Special Needs, a vocational training centre in Bambili for PWDs. The bike has been facilitating movement for their teachers who had stopped training due to lack of transportation means.
In 2015, a corn grinding mill was donated to PWDs in Kedjom Keku (Big Babanki). This corn mill was a source of livelihood to these persons before the Anglophone crisis set in and punctured the project.
Annually, Tubah Council makes donations to these persons with special needs with some on scholarship. The council has also maintained an open-door policy to them each time they are faced with challenges. fffffff