The facilities at the school for the deaf in Jos is in a terrible state.
The Staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Jos branch, on Monday commissioned the renovation of a block of dormitory in the school for the deaf in Jos.
While commissioning the project, the Deputy Governor of Operation in the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Tunde Lemo, represented by Tope Omage, urged relevant stakeholders in Nigeria to prioritise the plight of the less privileged in the society.
He lamented government negligence of the physically challenged in the country, adding that most physically challenged children lack the basic necessities of life.
He said the project the CBN staff embarked on became necessary because the students of the school for the deaf suffer hardship.
He said the project will enable them have a sense of belonging in the society and foster peace in the school and the public.
“Without peace there can be no economic activities and without economic activities, there will be poverty and with poverty, there will be insecurity,” the deputy governor said.
Mr. Lemo called on the Plateau State Government to collaborate with Non Governmental
Organization, NGOs, to better the learning conditions of the physically challenged children. He said the CBN Staff had expended over N100 million out of their salaries on the project.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the principal of the school, Kefas Koptum, expressed appreciation for the gesture and promised to maintain the structure.
He said the school was in need of the infrastructure as the former buildings were debilitated.
The Plateau School for the deaf located in Bassa Local Government Area, hosts about a thousand students, and was founded in 1977.
It is currently in a shabby state.
The Chairman of the Parents Teachers Association of the school, Yahaya Abdullahi, in an interview with journalists said the school also lacks professional teachers.