By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has assured that it will fully implement recommendations that ensued from the Education Summit which are beneficial to school age children especially those with special needs.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota who gave the assurance at the 40 th Anniversary Celebration of the School for Children with Special Needs, Sagamu, said that issues bordering on Special Need Education were on the priority list of the present administration.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed, called for contributions as well as constructive criticism that could bring advancement to special need education in the State.
“My door is wide open to constructive criticism and advice that will leapfrog the education of vulnerable persons in our State to global recognition,” she stated.
Mujota appreciated corporate bodies, philanthropic individuals as well as groups who complemented the State Government in bringing succour to the children at one time or the other, calling on well meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to support government in reducing the burden of education and care of special need persons which could not be shouldered by government alone.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director, Special Needs Education, Mr. Elijah Akinyemi, said the department would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that every child in the nooks and crannies of the State had access to education which is their fundamental right.
In his welcome address, the Head teacher of the school, Mr. Reuben OlutayoTaiwo, expressed appreciation to Governor Ibikunle Amosun for his support for persons with special needs, asking for more in the area of accommodation, provision of cognitive and vocational equipment.