Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has enjoined International donor agencies to synergize with the State Comprehensive Special School in order to improve the living standard of people living with disabilities through qualitative education.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Musa Elayo said the Governor made the call while addressing pupils living with down syndrome, a congenital disorder largely attributed to
extra chromosome 21 in some or all cells which comes with abnormalities ranging from mental retardation and retarded growth at the special school to commemorate the World down syndrome day in Lafia.
“The significance of this visit today as far as I am concern is a day where global attention is brought to bear in order to improve living standard of people living with down syndrome” he said.
He noted that the international day for Down syndrome is specially set aside to articulate efforts aimed at improving the lot of this category of people at the Federal, State and community levels.
The Governor asserted that … “for us in Nasarawa State, we have built and dedicated the Special Comprehensive School for pupils with diverse degrees of disabilities which Mr. President commissioned and substantial number of them are living with down syndrome”….
On the way forward for these categories of people, he explained that his government was working round the clock to provide quality teachers for the school for the pupils to acquire a worthwhile education just like their normal counterparts.
The Governor also said the pupils would be assessed based on their individual natural disposition and capacity for a particular purpose with the aim of patterning their learning process in that order.
He considered the day a special day for him where he finds himself in the midst of pupils with special abilities who can be nurtured to be future leader.