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Oyebanji committed to welfare of people with disabilities – Agboola

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The Special Adviser to Governor Abiodun Oyebanji on Special Education and Social Inclusion, Princess Adetoun Agboola, has said the Governor is committed towards improving lives of People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Ekiti state with several initiative introduced to promote their inclusivity and accessibility.

She said the giant stride of Oyebanji include implementation of Disability Law and introduction of Ekiti Kete Online Sign Language lessons for civil servants and political office holders.

Speaking with newsmen, Agboola stated that the government has also mandated ramps in all new public buildings and is retrofitting old ones to improve accessibility.

She said: “Employment opportunities for PWDs have been enhanced through the enforcement of the 5% employment law. This ensures qualified PWDs are given equal opportunities.

“The state has provided free medical access to PWDs in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, a critical step applauded by the community for its life-saving impact.”

She said that the government has introduced technology in special schools, including laptops, desktops and interactive wowbii boards, adding the government has also employed vocational teachers and therapists and provided fully equipped vocational centres for skills like sewing, hairdressing, and soap making.

“These measures aim to improve both learning and quality of life for students with disabilities.

“Three special schools have been established: Government Special School for the Deaf, Ikoro Ekiti; Government Special School for the Blind, Ikere Ekiti; and Government Special School for the Physically Challenged and Intellectual Disability, Ido Ekiti.

“Each school features a multi-sensory adapted classroom and therapy room, a first in Nigeria for public schools. The therapy room is a vital part of the special education school’s support system, providing a nurturing environment for students to grow, learn, and thrive.”

Ekiti State Permanent Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Charles Doherty, also affirmed that 2307 physically challenged people, who registered with the State Government, had been enrolled in the free health programme and other initiatives to make their lives better and easier.

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