PWD Day: Oyetola pledges equal opportunities
Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has reiterated his commitment to building a state where there will be equal opportunities for all the citizens regardless of the difference in their respective physical status.
Oyetola maintained that the current administration has demonstrated great commitment to the welfare and education of the physically challenged persons in the same way it has done for their able-bodied colleagues.
The governor disclosed this at the School for the Physically challenged in Osogbo while inaugurating micro projects in the school for the physically challenged.
The projects includes; Braille Press Center for the blind, hostel for girls with disabilities, fencing of school of children with special needs and tricycles for the physically challenged group.
He disclosed that the state has 10 schools for persons with special needs – 8 residential and 2 day schools, adding that the government has remained committed to ensuring that feeding allowances and grants are promptly released to the schools.
He said the government also provides the schools with instructional materials while also training and re-training their specialist teachers.
He also expressed the government’s readiness to appoint from the people with special needs their representatives in the government, adding “We want to break all borders and ensure that no one has an excuse to waste his talent and deny Osun and the larger society their contributions.”
Earlier in her address, the General Manager of Osun Agency for the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Mrs Funmi Aderonke said the four completed micro projects are in tandem with the three philosophical principles of the State Development Agenda which are poverty eradication, gender and social inclusion, value addition and sustainability of development.
Also speaking, the Mistress of the school, Mrs. Titilayo Amoo, thanked the state government for the support and love for the people with special needs in the state, adding that the projects would increase the quality of teaching and learning in the school and enhance the pupils’ performance.
In their separate remarks, some of the pupils thanked the Governor for giving priority to their education and welfare.