Nasarawa to train the physically challenged on vocational skills
Nasarawa State Governor, Almakura
The Nasarawa State Government, on Thursday, said that it would soon begin vocational training for the physically challenged in the state.
Prof. Jonathan Ayuba, the Commissioner for Special Education, Science and Technology, made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia.
According to him, the training will begin with those at the Comprehensive Special School, Lafia.
Ayuba said that although, the vocational training was part of the curriculum of the special school, some pupils and students were gifted with special talents that needed to be developed.
“A skills acquisition centre will be specifically set up for the training of the disabled because some of the students are not too good in theories, but very good in practical aspects of a subject.
“We will focus more in the training of these categories of students on different skills to enable them contribute to the economic development of the state,” he added.
He said that the government would also capture other physically challenged persons in the training in order to add value to their lives and make them more useful to the society.
The commissioner added that the state government would partner with the National Population Commission (NPC) for a census of the physically challenged in the state so as to improve their wellbeing.
NAN reports that the Comprehensive Special School in Lafia, was established by the state government and inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in February.
The aim of establishing the school is to cater for the educational needs of the various categories of the physically challenged children in the country. (NAN)