National President, Association of Physiotherapists Nigeria, Alhaji Abdufatai has given insight to the seven weeks long celebration slated for March to mark its first anniversary as a registered and certified association with federal government. \
The president, popularly called Oko Oloyun, told City Pride of the various activities earmarked for the anniversary.
Oko Oloyun, who is the Managing Director of Oko Oloyu Traditional Herbs Worldwide, the National President Physiotherapist of Nigeria and the National President for Physiotherapist Association in West African Countries (POWAC) said “What we are doing today is the one year celebration of physiotherapy anniversary in Nigeria.
Today is the first day we are kicking off. The anniversary is going to be a weeklong event celebration. The first day, the association invites the general public for training on how to produce paint, soap, cream etc for the members.”
Oko Oloyun added that “we are given free treatment and medical checkups for the people in the selected market, street to give back and herald the anniversary to the public. The third day, we will be in Mapo Ibadan to give people free treatment as well.”
He added that “At the same time, on Sunday every member of physiotherapy all over the country will assemble as family to chart a new course and discuss different issues related to the association. The states includes Kaduna, Ilorin, Ekiti, Abuja, Kano etc will be at the national meeting in Lagos.”
Alhaji Abdufatai, speaking further said that “On Sunday, the members will be at Aro, Abeokuta to see people with brain problem, from there we visit the General Hospital Abeokuta and donate gift including cash. On the 9th of March we will go to the motherless people home in the same place. In between the days, we would touch these entire places to put smiles on the face of the less-privileged.
“In addition to this, the association we equally visit Ilaro Prison and Ibara Prison to see the prisoners. The same time we shall use that opportunity to pay a visit to motherless home at that vicinity. This is simply to create awareness about the anniversary and as well to let people know about the association’s influence in the society. This will also help the association to give little support to the prisoners. We would give a little help and succor to the inmates that are suffering and equally just need plead for freedom on behalf of some of them to be released from the prison.
The association, which major focus in medical exercise is to use native drugs to cure diseases, has earmarked a long week event to celebrate the anniversary, Oko Oloyun “As a group, we are doing this anniversary deliberately to let some of the members to see the seriousness of the association. We equally want members to realize that the National Association of Physiotherapy has come to stay with thousands of members doing great all over the country when it comes to traditional medicine in Nigeria.”
Abdufatai noted that the association would also aid those who have been trained specially on how to use herbs and root to cure different diseases – such as born, child delivering, and those who know how to use nature herb to produce cream, pomade or those who use herbs to produce different kinds of medicine to heal the sick.
Oko Oloyun said the grand finale of the event would feature award ceremony for some eminent people who have excelled in the profession and those who have honorably retired as physiotherapist practitioner in Nigeria.
Among those to be so honoured are Baba Ajase Poki Poki, Iya Meta at Iyana Ipaja who uses herbs and roots for child delivery. “The association will also award all these people and say thank you to them being there for us. “The reason for honouring them”, Oko Oloyun said, “is that in the cause of doing the business some of them have faced different challenges, problem even before we started. The truth is that if their products are not good or have been killing people see such products like Fajik in the market. We decided to honor these rare eminent people like Pa, Akeredolu, Baba Akani Azeez in Aja.
The event was held at Cubicle Event Centre, Isheri Olofin, with the presence of the popular fuji star, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, who performed to entertain the guests that day.

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