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Blind School solicits government, private sector’s support on empowerment

By Barakat Akolade
14 December 2021   |   2:47 am
The Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for the Blind, established by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind (FNSB), has urged the government

The Vocational Training Centre (VTC) for the Blind, established by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind (FNSB), has urged the government and private organisations to support visually impaired students to enable them to develop their skills, improve their educational status and gain independence, especially in reading and writing and empowerment with a view to assisting him to get a sound education.

Chairman, FNSB, Olugbolahan Sobande, gave the charge at the graduation ceremony of the school in Oshodi, Lagos.

He said: “We are also seeking an opportunity to partner with government and private organisations for them to comply with the Discrimination Against Person with Disability Act (2018), which mandates that five per cent of the workforce must be people with disability to enable them to become effective and develop their career within such organisation. We would like the government to consider incentive and perhaps sanction to ensure compliance with the law towards promoting diversity and inclusiveness.”

The Commandant, Nigeria Air Force Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Mohammed Gbadamosi, represented by M.U. Obgbodo, commended the effort of the society towards the blind, making them feel like a regular person.

Also, Executive Secretary, Oluwamayowa Oke, urged the government to provide job opportunities for the blind, construct roads and bridges to ensure free movement for them.