In May 1955, the founding fathers, some of whom were Chief S.L Edu, Alhaji I.S Adewale and Dr G.A Ademola,all of blessed memory, established the Federal Society for the Blind on the old and disused Post and Telecommunication (P & T) Training school in Oshodi, Lagos with the kind permission and assistance of the late Sir James Robertson, the then Governor General of the Federation. The main aim of the Society is rehabilitation and training of visually handicapped adolescents and adults in Nigeria.
The Society established the Vocational Training Center (VTC) for the blind at Oshodi in Lagos State Nigeria in 1956 specifically for a class of people who through unfortunate circumstances go blind later in life and therefore need rehabilitation. Since then, the center has trained well over 2000 blind men and women and assisted them to acquire skills in Braille Writing and Reading, Typewriting, Handicrafts, Telephone Switchboard Operation, Computer Operation, Mobility skills, Music, Tie and Dye and various crafts necessary for job placement and self-employment.
It is noteworthy that the society has continued with these rehabilitation activities since inception without any subvention of any kind from either the State or Federal Government.
MILESTONES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
From the one old workshop building inherited in 1955, the Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind has through the support of philanthropist, corporate organization and religious bodies developed a training complex consisting of a new State of the Art Workshop, A Library Complex comprising of a computer school and a Braille press; a block of classrooms, hostels for both male and female students, a dining hall with kitchen facilities, an Administrative block and residential accommodation for housing the instructors.
Vocational Training center students are doing exceptionally well in their various chosen fields, while some other ex-trainee are in tertiary institutions undergoing different field of study. The society has also gone a step further in setting up an after care service to deserving undergraduates at 200level in universities by giving them the sum of #50,000(fifty thousand naira) as a sponsorship grant.
In 2014,the society started a cooperative and Thrift Society for ex-trainees with the seed money of #1.9 million naira(one million nine hundred thousand naira). On 28th June 2012, His Excellency, the former governor of Lagos state, Barrister Babatunde Raji Fashola(SAN) visited the center with his amiable wife. The visit was in commemoration of his birthday and he pledged to assist with the completion of the new workshop building under construction and also gave scholarship to all the students in the Vocational Training Center as long as He remains in office. He redeemed both pledges through the State Scholarship Board and payment of the tuition fees for all students of 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The State also provided funds to the society to complete the construction and equipping of the new workshop. On 12th November 2014, the new complex was commissioned by Dame Emmanuela Abimbola Fashola. Among other things,it houses Ultra-modern digital recording musical studio open for public patronage.
THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE FEDERAL NIGERIA SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND THE GOVERNING COUNCIL
The society is headed by a three (3) member board of trustees in the persons of;
- Ambassador Aduke Alakija (OON) - Life President
- Chief (Dr) E.O Akinsete (OON) – First Vice Life President
- Mrs Ebun Onabanjo – Second Vice Life President
THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
There are eighteen (18) Executive council members who bring their expertise and experience to bear while serving voluntarily on various committees to chart the path for the society through regular meetings.