The National Examination Council (NECO) took over part of the Handicap Persons School along Creek Road in Port Harcourt and turned around to denied the students registration for its examination and other external examination of the grounds of lack of facilities.
The President of Sorglues and Care Development Foundation, Mr. Kie Obomanu, disclosed this in Government House, Port Harcourt, during a courtesy visit on the State Deputy Governor, Dr.Ipalibo Harry Banigo. Obomanu disclosed that the occupation of a section of the School premises for the Handicapped Persons by NECO since 2000 has deprived the Students access to their laboratories and other facilities leading to refusal of the examining body to register them for the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
The president pleaded for scholarship and training in different skills for their members as well as review of the law on disabilities to meet current realities, to enable them fulfilled their destinies. In her reaction, the Deputy Governor directed the Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation to relocate the office of the National Examination Council (NECO), from the premises of the school for the handicap persons at Creek Road, Port Harcourt.
Banigo explained that the move was to enable Government accord proper attention to the needs of the school for the physically challenged. She assured persons living with disabilities (PLWDs) that the State Government under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike, has the political will to address problems confronting them and promised that the State Government through the office of the Solicitor General will study the existing laws on Persons With Disabilities with a view to reviewing it for effective implementation.
The Deputy Governor pointed out that the “Blue print of Government policy frame work emphasis quality standard of education, Healthcare and Empowerment Programmes for all segments of the society.
Banigo declared that the physically challenged persons in the state shall be provided with free healthcare and free Education to give them opportunity to harness their potentials.
She therefore enjoined the Private Sector to Partner Government by identifying with Persons Living with Disabilities as part of their Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) to give them a sense of belonging.
-Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt