Special Needs Schools In Ogun To Get Face lift - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Special Needs Schools In Ogun To Get Face lift

Ogun State Government has expressed its commitment to upgrade facilities in all the five Schools for Children with Special Needs in the State, to make them models among other Special schools in Nigeria.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu made this known at this year’s International Wheelchairs Day Celebration, at the Daniel Akintonde Model School for Children with Special Needs in  Adigbe, Abeokuta, the state capital

 The State Government donated over 20 wheelchairs to the needy students, during the visit.

 Arigbabu who spoke on the theme of the celebration, "Breaking the Barrier" described support to the needy students as a clarion call for all to pay more attention to the expression of the needs of people with disabilities, in order to make them self-reliant and inclusive in the day to day activities of the society.

He described people, especially school children living with disabilities as treasure and wonderful gifts from God, stressing that they should be supported and nurtured to bring out the hidden abilities they are endowed with.

The Commissioner therefore called on persons and organisations to complement government’s efforts in alleviating poverty and other discriminatory practices that could inhibit the progress of such persons.

His words,"The State government is determined to make life easier and comfortable for children living with disabilities. Government, despite economic challenges, has prioritised issues pertaining to the education and general welfare of special needs people, through increment in the fund for the feeding of learners with special needs, resuscitation of Braille book production centre and supply of interactive white boards with other gadgets to schools, among others".

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye in her goodwill message, said the celebration was to raise awareness and lend helping hands to millions of people with special needs, towards ensuring equal exposition to diverse opportunities, motivate and provide succor which would make life easier for them.

She advocated that wheel chair users needed to be treated with empathy, patience, endurance and due recognition for effective participation and sense of belonging.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Joint Association of Persons Living with Disabilities, Dr. Lekan Mohammed appreciated the Ministry for organising the event, soliciting more support from both the government and philanthropists to make life more comfortable for them.

Speaking on behalf of other parents of the children, Mrs. Temitope Salako and Sherifat Adebiyi commended the State government for the donations and for its laudable initiative in education.

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