From Solomon Attah
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has declared free education for all disabled students studying in higher institutions of learning owned by the state government.
This was disclosed on Tuesday in Akwanga by provost of the state College of Education, Akwanga, Dr. Rebecca Isaac Umaru, when she received a team from the office of the Directorate of Strategic Communication and Press Affairs, Office of the Governor, who were on Disability Advocacy Tour to the institution.
According to the provost, “school fees of disabled students in tertiary institutions owned by the state government have been declared free by Governor Sule. That was why I was asking you to tender receipts of any fees you (disabled) might have paid to enable management of the institution refund it back in compliance with the governor’s directive.”
She continued that the institution in its support to the benevolence of the state governor had declared that all excursion exercises embarked by the disabled students in the institution be free.
Dr. Umaru however appealed to the state government to assist the college with 11 permanent staff that will be scheduled for taking care of the disabled students in the institution.
This was even as she assured the disabled students of the college of institution’s management efforts at providing them with enough accommodation, mobility and writing materials to ease the difficulties been faced by them in the campus.
Also speaking, the leader of the disability advocacy tour and Personal Assistant to Governor Sule on disabilities/social media, Hamza Mammam Awe, assured the disabled students of the governor’s attention to their plights.
He said: “I want to assure you that the Sule’s administration is giving us a sense of belonging, hence our reason to embark on this advocacy visit to all tertiary institutions in the state, to meet and rub minds with you in order to lessen the hardship you face during your studies.”