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Blind persons win resettlement grants

Nigerian Tribune, Nigeria.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006.

SEVEN blind persons, who attended various vocational training centres in Ekiti State, have won the state government's resettlement grants. The grant, according to the Commissioner for Information, Culture, Sports and Social Development, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase, was for people with visual impairment and who were above formal school ages.

Oguntuase said the training of the blind at formal or vocational levels was more involving because of the need to provide mobility aid, braille components, specialised books and typewriters.

He noted that the rehabilitation scheme was a tripartite arrangement involving the federal, state and local governments, adding that with the cooperation of the state and local government committees on Community-Based Vocational Rehabilitation, the Information Ministry has successfully trained 41 persons with varying disabilities.

Oguntuase called on the family members of the blind people to contribute their quota for the success of the rehabilitation exercise and declared that his ministry would continue to monitor the projects for which the grants were meant.

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