Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state government has approved the payment of a special bursary for visually-impaired students of natives of Edo state in all tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
Governor Obaseki gave the order of approval on Monday when he received the state executive delegate members of the Nigeria Association of the Blind at the Government House in Benin the state capital.
The Governor while addressing the delegate members said “Persons with disabilities are part of the society and it is obligatory on the part of government to ensure that they are well taken care of.” that it is government’s primary duty to protect lives, property and cater for persons living with disabilities.
The Governor reassured the delegates that that plan is ongoing to establish a special education department for people living with disabilities either at the College of Education, Abudu, or at the Tayo Akpata University of Education in Ekiadolor all in Edo state. Also Governor Obaseki, who hinted that a Braille press would also be set up in the state, announced a donation of N1million to the association.
Delegate remarks, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Association of the Blind, Mr. Nosakhare Asemota, commended the governor’s efforts in improving the education sector in the state and giving priority to people living with disabilities.
Mr. Nosakhare also hinted that the courtesy visit was aimed at soliciting the state government’s support in addressing some of the challenges facing the members and confronting the challenge in the education of people living with disabilities in the state.
Governor Obaseki further admonished the delegation to compile the names of its members who were students in all tertiary institutions in the country for onward transmission to the Ministry of Education to enable them benefit from the scheme henceforth.