- A 57-year-old visually impaired man, Lasisi Jasper, has revealed what led to his blindness
- Jasper is the first physically challenged person to become vice principal in Oyo
- The man said his parents' inability to get financial assistance led to his blindness
The saying that there is no limitation to what one can become in life if one is dedicated, determined and prayerful regardless of any challenge one may be facing in life, aptly captures the situation of a 57-year-old visually impaired man, Lasisi Jasper.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo, Imran Khalid, reports that Jasper, who hails from Saki West local government area of Oyo state was regarded as the first Oke-Ogun visually impaired man to become the vice-principal.
The 57-year-old Jasper, who became the vice principal in 2014, is currently at his duty post in Adeniran Memorial Grammar School, located in Ogbomoso axis of the state.
Jasper holds a masters degree certificate in special education at the University of Jos, Plateau state, and he is saddled with the responsibility of general administration and supervision apart from being a subject teacher.
In an exclusive interaction with Jasper, the academic said there was no doubt about the fact that he was the first Oke-Ogun visually impaired man to rise to the position of vice-principal.
He added that he is grateful to God Almighty that despite the challenges of blindness, he rose to the position of vice-principal.
Jasper, who had his secondary education at Ogbomoso High School, said many opportunities and privileges had been depriving people with disabilities but he was grateful that he was not deprived of.
He said people with disabilities were also human beings whose opportunities, privileges and benefits should not be taken for granted.
Jasper said only God knows why disables are currently known for the challenges, adding that the rights of all as being enshrined in the constitution and other legal documents should be accorded as and when due.
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On the circumstances that led to his blindness, Jasper said that he was not born with the current challenges but he was blinded by measles which he contracted almost 40 years ago.
He noted that his parents' inability to get financial assistance to cure it at an early stage caused what became blindness for him today.
On stigmatisation of the disabled, Jasper said that the physically challenged people should not be viewed as second-class citizens because of their challenges.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported about a 15-year-old girl who understands sign language better than physically challenged people in Oyo.
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