Al-Makura Orders Census Of All Physically Challenged Persons In Nasarawa

THE BLIND ON A ROAD WALK TO MARK INTERNATIONAL 'WHITE CANE' AND SAFETY DAY IN LAFIA THURSDAY
THE BLIND ON A ROAD WALK TO MARK INTERNATIONAL ‘WHITE CANE’ AND SAFETY DAY IN LAFIA THURSDAY

Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state on Thursday directed the Ministry for Women Affair and Social Development to take the census of all physically challenged persons in the state.

The governor gave the directive in Lafia, when the state chapter of the Nigeria Association of the Blind paid him Sallah homage.

He said the census would enable the state government to have a solid data base capturing all the details of the physically challenged persons in the state.

“This would help us to determine the various areas of need and how to help them.

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“Those with requisite qualification would be gainfully engaged, while others will be enrolled in schools.

“Those with special skills would be assisted in line with their vocation,” he said.

Al-Makura said that government had commenced the construction of three special schools for people living with disabilities in the state, which he said would become operational by November.

He said schools included one in Lafia, which would be for the deaf, another in Akwanga which would be for the blind while the one in Keffi would be for children with autism.

He said there would also be departments in each of the schools to handle other areas of special needs aside the core areas.

The Governor equally ordered investigations into the alleged retrenchment of some physically challenged persons by some local government councils in the state.

He said the affected persons would be reinstated within one week of the completion of the investigation if found innocent.

Al-Makura said his administration was committed to ameliorating the plight of the physically challenged and making them relevant to the society.

Earlier, Mr Samuel Dema, the youth leader of the association, assured the governor of their support and prayer for the success of his administration.

He appealed to the governor to offer employment in the state service to qualified members of the association.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Governor took a two-kilometre walk with members of the association in Lafia to mark International White Cane and Safety Day. (NAN)

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