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NCPWD, FULafia to create centre for disability studies

|By Paulinus Auta

The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) would, in conjunction with the Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), soon establish centre for disability studies.

The centre, expected to be established in FULafia, would cater for disabled persons from the North-central Zone.

The Executive Secretary of the NCPWD, Mr. James David Lalu, made that known in Lafia, recently, when he led members of the Governing Board of the NPCWD on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Lafia, Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman.

Lalu, while thanking FULafia for establishing the Department of Special Needs Education, said that his commission noted with "keen interest the love and affection the vice-chancellor shows for persons with disabilities in the state.

Lalu, specifically, praised Abdul Rahman and FULafia for paying special attention to sign language communication and interpretation programme.

He said that the sign language communication is important to the deaf, pledging the commission's readiness to partner with the University to improve living conditions of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

He, however, called on the University to fast track the process of changing the Department of Special Needs Education to the centre for disability studies with a view to encompassing more courses and programmes. 

Lalu said that the commission has urged the California State University, United States of America, to appraise the FULafia education curriculum of people with disabilities and mobilise resources for more programmes, especially the sign language communication and interpretation.

Lalu said: “Our collaboration with FULafia will create opportunities for research and attract experts, both locally and internationally, for grants and resources to deepen disability education in our education system.” 

He, also, announced that the commission would facilitate collaboration between FULafia and other universities in Nigeria for exchange of programmes and ideas.

He promised that, in no distant time, the commission would interface with the TETfund to access Special Education Intervention Grant to build and equip more disability friendly facilities in FULafia.

In his response, the visibly elated Abdul Rahman said that the University was delighted to welcome the executive secretary and his team to FULafia, welcoming the interest of the NCPWD to establish the center for disability studies in FULafia.

He described "persons with disabilities as special people who need special attention," saying that reason informed his interest in "working and collaborating with them."

The vice-chancellor said that the University gave special considerations to persons with disabilities in the areas of employment and admission, promising to do more in the future.

He said that the programmes taught at the Department of Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Sciences of the University were not only unique in Nigeria but in sub Saharan Africa.

Abdul Rahman welcomed any partnership that would improve the processes of teaching and learning among people with disabilities.

He expressed his appreciation to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for the establishment of the NCPWD and choice of David Lalu as its Executive Secretary, saying that the University would continue to partner with the commission for mutual development.

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