Special needs students of the Lagos State University (LASU) have placed an appeal to the Lagos State government to place special needs persons in the state on scholarship at the tertiary level of education.
Spokesperson of the group, Miss Dorcas Yunana, who made the appeal during the University’s second distinguished lecture series, said that the state government should be willing to grant full scholarships to persons living with disabilities and studying in any higher institutions of learning.
According to Yunana, a 100-level student in the Department of Political Science at LASU, the life of the physically challenged, particularly the visually impaired, was not an easy one and became more difficult when the environment was hostile to them.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]Yunana listed stigmatization as one of their major problems. Others, she said, include lack of recognition that persons living with disability deserved as well as special facilities and attention.[/penci_blockquote]
“I on behalf of my colleagues, commend the state government for its policies in favour of people living with disabilities such as disability-friendly infrastructure and the provision of educational tools.
“We are grateful.
“I, however, wish to say that more can still be done for us by the state government.
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“It can give full scholarship covering all expenses to any person living with disability who is able to gain admission into the tertiary institutions.
“Also, more needs to be done in the area of provision of educational tools for us,’’ she said.
Yunana listed stigmatization as one of their major problems. Others, she said, include lack of recognition that persons living with disability deserved as well as special facilities and attention.
Yunana, however, said that the experience of the physically challenged at LASU was different.
She commended the university management, staff and students for doing everything within their powers to make life easy for her colleagues and for providing them with free hostel accommodation, study aids and more, importantly, integrating them into the university activities.
She also thanked the staff, students and other members of the university community for always lending helping hands to them as well as always being there for them.