By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is expected to commission a tuition free comprehensive special school for the physically challenged people.
The school which was said to be the largest single school in the country and built by the Nasarawa State government is expected to cater for all categories of people with disabilities.
The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura who disclosed this yesterday to State House correspondents after meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the school will provide succour for parents with children that are physically challenged.
Governor Al-Makura said he had made a request to the President through the office of Chief of Staff to come to the state to commission projects executed by his government and that the request was approved, adding that he came to discuss with the Chief of Staff on Nassarawa matters.
He said, “I came to confer with the Chief of Staff with regard to very critical issues relating to the administration of Nasarawa State. We made a request for Mr. President’s visit through the office of the Chief of Staff and Mr. President has accepted and I have come to discuss the details.
“Secondly, to discuss the letter sent to the state government with regard to mass housing project which is one of the priorities of my state given the 13,000 hectares plan area which we have just beside the corridor of the Federal Capital Territory.
“The projects to be commissioned are quiet many which have to do with the well being of the common man, the most basic and the most sensitive which we think the people should be considered for.
“One has to do with the comprehensive special school for people with disability. This is likely to be the largest single school in the whole of the federation that caters for all categories of people with disability.
“From cerebral palsy popularly known as autism to people with vision impairment, hearing impairment and even physical impairment like the cripples. That school is supposed to cater for the education of children with disability right from kindergarten stage up to senior secondary.
“This will give tremendous amount of relief to parents who have children living with disability, whose education could not go beyond certain level. That school is like a premier institution which can admit people not only within Nasarawa State or north central zone but all over the country.
“But what is more, that is for free. This we have decided to do in line with Mr. President’s focus and vision and manifesto of our party.’
The governor said that the last time President Buhari came to the state during the electioneering campaign, he met with people living with disability and made irrevocable commitment towards their welfare.
He said, “I as one of the frontline CPC (Congress for Progressive Change) then and APC (All Progressives Congress) governors have to see what to be done to ensure the fulfillment of such promise.
“Secondly, Mr. President we are hoping will have time to look at people oriented projects like roads that we have constructed to bypass certain areas where a lot of accidents are taking place like Lafia to Keffi or to Abuja, we have reduced the hours on road by about 50 minutes, that is not a small thing that the people are enjoying.
“We have completed a primary healthcare center that is suppose to be a center for providing services within and around areas that are deprived of health services. This is the first of its kind in the country, and we are talking with the federal ministry of health and primary health care Development agency at the national level so that this will be one one of the items Mr. President will commission.
“There are also some water projects, a number of them that I cannot mention right now.”
On the cargo airport project, the governor said, “that is one of the projects we hope Mr. President will commission. The cargo airport is very critical in the development of Nasarawa State and the corridor of the Federal Capital Territory and also to promote the diversification initiative of Mr. President to boost economic activities like trade and what have you.
“The airport is 60 percent completed and we intend for Mr. President to flag off the terminal building of the project.”