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Welfare of Persons Living With Disabilities remain top priority” Gombe Government.

The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi says the welfare of persons living with disabilities occupies an important place in the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Professor Njodi made this known when he received in audience Ceadar Seed Foundation and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion GESI on an advocacy visit on State Inclusive Education Framework.

Professor Njodi maintained that the inate abilities of persons with special need to be fully harness for good of the state and country.

He also directed relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to introduce budget lines for programmes related to Gender and Social Inclusion across the State.

While appreciating the United States Agency for International Development USAID for its intervention in critical areas of development in state Professor Njodi assures of the willingness of government to continue providing the enabling environment for further collaborations.

In her submission earlier, the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion specialist with USAID, Mercy Filli said the visit is to appreciate the state government for providing a friendly environment for NGOs activities to strive.

Mercy Filli also said their organization has embarked on advocacy drive to sensitize all stakeholders on Gombe state on Inclusive Education Framework which focuses on persons with special needs.

She therefore appealed to government for support and provision for budget lines for social inclusion related programmes.

In his remark the Programme Officer of Cedar and Seed Foundation, Mr John Jessy informed the SSG that the foundation has gotten grant from USAID to provide interventions in the educational needs of persons living with physical challenges in five (5) local government areas of state to include Shongom, Kaltungo, Akko, Yamaltu- Deba and Kwami.

Mr John Jessy further explained that the major trust of the intervention is to create the required environment for children with disabilities to pursue their education side by side with their peers without disablilties so as give them sense of belonging in the society.

Joshua Danmalam information officer SSGs Office
26/9/22

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