The Chairman, Nigerian Society for the Blind/ Vocational Training Centre, Lagos, Mrs. Biola Agbaje, has called on the Federal Government to support the society with an annual budgetry allocation.
Agbaje said the centre was in dire need of funds to take care of the disabled persons and run properly as a vocational centre.
She made this plea at the Membership and Friendship Day event of the NSB last Sunday.
She said that the NSB had made several pleas to the government but that the pleas had fallen on deaf ears.
“This centre relies heavily on support from individuals and private organisations. But there is a limit to which a person can give. It takes a lot of money to run a centre for visually impaired students. Special education is capital-intensive. We always have to buy more and more equipment for them and these equipment cost money.
“These persons need to move ahead with the world. They should be abreast with the latest development. Persons of their kind in other countries are doing a lot for themselves. If we have more financial support, we would be able to bring our own visually-impaired students to the same standard,” she said.
Agbaje said that the occasion was organised to appreciate persons who had been of immense support to the centre.
“We wanted to create an informal atmosphere where everyone would be able to interact and enjoy themselves. We also wanted our partners to come down to the school and see what is being done,” she said.
A council member, NSB, Mr. Gbola Sobande, added that the Friendship Day was geared towards getting the visually-impaired students to interact with other people.
“When these students interact with some successful individuals present here; they would be motivated to dream big and remain focused.”
Meanwhile, the Principal, Vocational Training Centre, Oshodi, Lagos, Mr. Sola Ogunsiji, urged families with visually-impaired persons to bring them to the centre.
“Visually-impaired persons deserve to have a life. When they are among their mates, they would be much happier. In other countries, these special individuals are doing well for themselves and are academically-inclined,” he said.