Abba Awards Scholarships to Disabled

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By Isah Aliyu Chiroma

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf has granted people living with disabilities in the state scholarships to study abroad.

According to him, people with disabilities are eligible for the state’s overseas scholarship program provided they meet the necessary requirements.

The State Commissioner for Education, Umar Haruna Doguwa, disclosed this on Thursday when officials of Mercy Corps and Coalition of Disabled Self Advocacy Network Group visited him in his office.

“It is part of the current administration’s policy to ensure fairness and equal access to education for every indigene of the state, in line with international conventions.

“We will surely offer scholarships to those with first class and second class upper degrees, including those with disabilities, to encourage them to become productive citizens and live meaningful lives.” Doguwa said.

He noted that the government would also explore the possibility of establishing inclusive schools in parts of the state.

The commissioner noted that as part of the determination to support PWDs, the state government recently offered 150 NECO examination registration forms to them, urging the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity to ensure better living standards.

He said the present administration will not relent in partnering with NGOs to improve the welfare of the people, urging development partners to key into the administration’s policies and programmes to ensure sustainable results.

Earlier, Nafisa Amadu Abubakar, policy and advocacy coordinator at Mercy Corps, and some representatives of physically challenged persons who spoke during the interaction session, called on the state government to support the organization to conduct a peace-building programme in the state to ensure the PWDs are not left out of the government’s developmental plans.

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