Bauchi agency to partner versity on PWDs education programme

Bauchi State Agency Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), has called partnership with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, to enhance access to quality education persons with disabilities.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Mrs Brisca Aaron, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), on Thursday in Bauchi.

Aaron said such partnership between the agency and tertiary institutions of learning would avail students with disabilities the opportunities to further their education, to realise their full potentials.

She called engagement of special education instructors and adoption of sound programmes to expand the scope of admission in the schools students with special needs.

This, she said, would assist the students with disabilities to excel in various fields of study.

“Some students with disabilities are passionate to obtain higher certificates, but they are constrained by lack of availabile facilities in schools.

“Lack of access to toilets and unfriendly architectural design have deprived them the to education, and some of them neglect or totally abandoned schools.

“It is desirable to provide facilities the PWDs to create conducive learning atmosphere in the schools.

“We have our children in all the schools, we want the schools to us and allocate more slots, we want our students to higher education in various disciplines,” she said.

Aaron said the management of the agency had so far visited the university and other tertiary institutions of learning with a to forge partnership towards promoting access to education for person with disabilities in the state.

She listed the institutions to include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi; Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP) and  Bauchi State Universal Board (BASUBEB).

Aaron further urged government at all levels to priority to the needs of PWDs in new layout designs and construction projects. (NAN)