The Ogun government on Monday distributed 30 wheelchairs to children with special needs.
Speaking while distributing the wheelchairs at the School for Children with Special Needs, Sagamu, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, said good health and facilities would encourage better learning outcome.
He noted that government had earlier distributed 25 wheelchairs to learners across the state at Daniel Akintonde Model School in Abeokuta to mark the World Wheelchair Day.
Arigbabu added that the gesture would enable the beneficiaries to be mobility self-reliant.
He added that the government understood the importance of education for all, including persons living with disabilities, saying the present administration was making effort to improve the learning environment for special learners.
The commissioner assured of more support for the schools, as government would continue to make available devices that would help the learners grow and develop into better individuals and productive members of the society.
In her address, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Abosede Ogunleye, said the present administration had given due recognition to the prospects, wellbeing and challenges of special needs children.
Ogunleye said that equal opportunities, accessibility of the environment and social infrastructure were the fundamental rights of all citizens regardless of diversity.
Mr Oluwole Majekodunmi, the Director of Special Needs Department, revealed that within the last three months, the state government had added value to the betterment of special needs learners.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Favour Etom of Nawair-ud-deen High School, 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.