Rivers State government has directed the Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation to ensure relocation of the office of the National Examinations Council, NECO, from the premises of the school for the handicapped situated at Creek Road in Port Harcourt.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo gave the directive yesterday when members of Sorglues and Care Development Foundation visited her in Government House, Port Harcourt.
According to Dr. Banigo, the NECO relocation was to enable government give attention to the challenges of the school for the physically challenged.
She stressed the readiness of the state government to exercise
political will in tackling the challenges confronting them, explaining that government through the office of the Solicitor General will study the existing laws on Persons With Disabilities, PWDs, to engender a proper review for effective implementation.
Dr. Banigo stressed that the blue print of government policy framework took into cognizance quality standard of education, healthcare and empowerment programmes for all segments of the society.
She pledged that the physically challenged in the state will be
provided with free healthcare and free education to give them
opportunity to harness their potentials, calling on the organized
private sector to partner the state government by identifying with Persons Living with Disabilities as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR.
She emphasized the need for institutions such as banks to create opportunity for the physically challenged to be able to access the banking halls without difficulty to enable them transact their business.
In his remark, the President of Sorglues and Care Development
Foundation, Mr. Kie Obomanu, lamented the occupation of a section of the school premises for the Handicapped Persons by NECO for close to 15 years had deprived students with special needs access to their laboratories and others ,as a result of the refusal of the examination body to register them for the West African Examinations Council, WAEC.
Obomanu appealed for scholarship and training in different skills for their members as well as strengthening the law on disabilities to meet with contemporary realities.

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