The Jigawa chapter of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) has called on Jigawa Government to put its School for the Visually Impaired into effective use.
The Chairman of the chapter, Alhaji Muhammad Usman, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Thursday.
Usman said that the effective use of the school would to enable visually impaired children to enrol in the school and acquire education to be come be good citizens and contribute their quota to the development of the state.
He said:”Putting the school into effective use will take a large number of our members off the streets begging for alms.”
“This school has been there for long; it was completed, fully equipped and read for use, but only nine pupils are currently going to the school with few teachers.
“The only thing the state government needs to do is furnish the hostels since it is a boarding school so that our members from the state and beyond can benefit.
“Also, the existing gap between blind children and others can only be bridged through enhancing access to proper and sound education among the blind ones.
“Education is the backbone of development of any community, state, tribe, or nation, its relevance to the life of children, particularly blind ones, cannot be over emphasised.
“No group of people progresses without education; so also, no visually impaired person becomes great without it.”
He expressed concern that the school, located in Dutse, the state capital, fully equipped and ready for use had only nine pupils from nearby villages and settlements in attendance.