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Oyo tasked on employment opportunities for persons with disablities



ASSOCIATION for the Deaf has appealed to the Oyo State Government to provide employment opportunities to deaf persons in the state.

  This call was made on Thursday, during the annual public lecture/award presentation of the Oyo State Association for the Deaf, held in Ibadan.

  The chairman of the group, Isaac Akinfenwa, explained that there is a need for the state government to give support to people living with disabilities through job opportunities and empowerment programmes.

  Akinfenwa pleaded that towards enhancing better life for the deaf in the state, the state government should create an interpreting service centre to provide free service for the deaf at the expense of the state government.

  He noted that the use of interpreters is going to be of great help to foster the ability of the deaf individuals to have a proper orientation of their day-to-day living as their hearing counterparts do in all communities.

  Akinfenwa, who appreciated the Oyo State Government for having compassion for the people living with disabilities especially the deaf in particular, however, implored the government to create more employment opportunities for the people with impaired hearing across the 33 local government areas of the state.

  In his remarks, the Executive Assistant to the Oyo State Government on People With Disabilities (PWD), Ayodele Adekanmbi, reiterated the state government’s commitment to the development of people living with disabilities.

  Mr Adekanmbi added that in a bid to give aid to the education of the people with special needs, the state government has approved the distribution of special equipment to the school of the deaf across the state.

  The guest speaker at the event and Counselling Psychologist, Akanni Oladayo, charged people with special needs to imbibe the resilient spirit of competing with non-special needs in all facets of life.

  Dr Oladayo urged the PWDs to seek help from support systems to overcome challenges and work through problems.

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