In an effort to ensure better well-being and better services for children living with disabilities, especially the visually impaired in the state, the Ogun State government has commissioned the newly refurbished Braille Book Production Center. .
The Braille Book Production Center was established in 2007, but became moribund less than two (2) years after its inception, but with the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun who showed his love for people with disabilities, approved resuscitation of the center, rehabilitated the five (5) special schools in the state and distributed wheelchairs and other materials to schools.
Education, Science and Technology Commissioner Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, speaking on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on ‘Leadership and participation of people with disabilities towards a post-Covid-19 world inclusive, accessible and sustainable ”, held at the ministry conference hall, Oke-Mosan and the Daniel Akintonde model school for children with special needs, Adigbe, Abeokuta respectively, stressed the need to promote the equality for people with disabilities, to enable them to display their intellectual capacities, especially after the pandemic period. .
Arigbabu, in a statement signed by his media assistant Ms Omoniyi Damilola, said the state government strongly believes that no child should be left behind in the education revitalization program, hence some of his efforts recorded for children with problematic needs of schools, which includes, rehabilitating 5 schools, increasing the child school feeding allowance by 50%, promising that this would continue to make l conducive learning environment for learners.
“The current administration believes that everyone has the right to a self-determined life, we recognize and support the tenacity and potential of people with disabilities and we want to bridge the gap between people with disabilities and society. This government has given due attention and we will not give in until we ensure that teaching and learning activities are made easier for these learners, ”said Arigbabu.
He instructed children to continue striving for self-reliance through proper education, skill acquisition, display of intelligence and their God-given potential, called on individuals, philanthropists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to continue to reach out to fellowship people with special needs through an empowerment program.
In her welcoming speech, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ms. Abosede Ogunleye underlined the importance of integrating people with disabilities into leadership positions and of engaging them in spirit and developing a positive attitude towards them.
In their remarks, the State President of the Nigerian Association of the Blind, Barr. Joseph Bulugbe and Mr. Emmanuel Akinola, an official at the Ministry of Justice, appreciated the government for giving more meaning to the university life of people with disabilities, through the resuscitation of the Braille book production center.
They encouraged people with disabilities to continue to develop their lives and potential and to strive for full integration into society.
Appreciating the government on behalf of the other beneficiaries for the distribution of wheelchairs and white canes, Daniel Olanrewaju of Yewa College, Ilaro and Bolaji Khadijat, of the school for the visually impaired, Ijebu-Igbo, pledged not to let their disability deprive them of the fulfillment of their potentials.
4th from left, Ogun State Commissioner for Educational Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, 3rd from right, Director of Special Needs Education Department, Mr. Oluwole Majekodunmi, with some of the directors and officials of the ministry, and some of the recipients of the white canes in commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held in Ogun State.