Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state on Thursday directed the Ministry for Women Affair and Social Development to take the census of all physically challenged persons in the state.
The governor gave the directive in Lafia, when the state chapter of the Nigeria Association of the Blind paid him Sallah homage.
He said the census would enable the state government to have a solid data base capturing all the details of the physically challenged persons in the state.
“This would help us to determine the various areas of need and how to help them.
“Those with requisite qualification would be gainfully engaged, while others will be enrolled in schools.
“Those with special skills would be assisted in line with their vocation,” he said.
Al-Makura said that government had commenced the construction of three special schools for people living with disabilities in the state, which he said would become operational by November.
He said schools included one in Lafia, which would be for the deaf, another in Akwanga which would be for the blind while the one in Keffi would be for children with autism.
He said there would also be departments in each of the schools to handle other areas …
Source: Leadership Newspaper NG