Ogun State Government has distributed additional 30 wheelchairs to its earlier distribution of 25 wheelchairs to children and learners with mobility restrictions across the State.
This is in furtherance of its aims to improve their living conditions.
The distribution of 25 wheelchairs to learners at Daniel Akintonde Model School, Abeokuta, marked World Wheelchair Day.
Speaking at the distribution of additional 30 wheelchairs at the School for Children with Special Needs, Sagamu, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu, the Ogun Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology said good health and facilities would encourage better learning outcomes, adding that the gesture would enable the beneficiaries to be mobility self-reliant.
“The Ogun State Government understands the importance of education for all, including persons living with disabilities. This administration is making effort to improve the learning environment for special learners”, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu said.
The Commissioner assured of more support for the schools, as the government would continue to make available devices that would help the learners grow and develop into better individuals and productive members of society.
In her address, the Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Mrs Abosede Ogunleye said the present administration has given due recognition to the prospects, wellbeing and challenges of special needs children, saying that equal opportunities, accessibility of the environment and social infrastructure were the fundamental rights of all citizens regardless of diversity.
She also charged the beneficiaries, to make judicious and good use of the wheelchairs, urging them to be steadfast, goal-oriented and focused in their academic pursuits.
In his welcome address, the Director of the Special Needs department, Mr. Oluwole Majekodunmi revealed that within the last three months, the State government has added value to the betterment of special needs learners, encouraging individuals and corporate bodies to extend their hands of fellowship to create a comfortable and enabling environment for them to live in.
Mrs. Aminat Adewusi and Mrs. Olubukunola Ojo part of the parents of the beneficiaries thanked the government for the gesture towards their children, saying the equipment distributed would be a big relief for them and go a long way to make life easier for their wards.
Also, on behalf of the beneficiaries, Favour Etom of Nawair-Ud-deen High School, Isabo Abeokuta and Malik Amusa from School for Children with Special Needs, Ijebu-Ode lauded the State government’s efforts at making life meaningful for them.