By Ogunbayo Oluwaseyi (INN), Ogun
The need for Government, Private sector and Non Governmental organisations to promote understanding and inclusion of the Deaf and mobilize support for their dignity, rights and well-being have again been stressed at the 32nd anniversary celebration of the Ogun State Deaf Association (OGSAD) and end of the year get together party held in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Speaking on the theme of the celebration “Building Inclusive communities for All” in commemoration of the international week of the Deaf, the key note speaker, Dr Olalekan Muhammed says provision of sign language interpreter at work place, use of sign language application, practical tools and good practices would reduce inequalities in both public and private sectors.
The chairman of the Association in Ogun State, Mr Rasheed Salami highlighted the advantages of the proposed vocational training centre which will gulp up to 20 million naira to include reducing the rate of street begging among the Deaf among other benefits.
In their goodwill messages the Representative of Ogun State ministry of women affairs and social development and other relevant stakeholders commended organizers of the event and encourage them not to relent in the fight for rights and inclusion of the deaf in society.
Ogun State Association for the Deaf (OGSAD) was created in August 1990 to identify and address challenges and the needs of the Deaf in the state.
The 32nd anniversary celebration of the Association afforded members opportunity to dine and wine as they bring the association activities to a close for the year 2022.