Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Adamawa, northeast Nigeria have advocated more special schools for persons with disabilities in the state.
Alhaji Ahmed Dadah, Executive Director, Dadah Education Foundation, made the call on behalf of the coalition at the quarterly CSOs’ Public Financial Management (PFM) Forum in Yola.
The forum was organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Yola and tagged, “State2State Activity”.
Dadah said that there was a need for additional special schools in the state because of the high population of persons with disabilities.
He noted that some of the available special schools in the state are being supervised by non-professionals in Special Education.
The executive director also called on the state government to ensure deployment of special education specialists as head teachers in the special schools for more success.
He said: “Having qualified special teachers will give confidence to the pupils and encourage them to further their education as well.”
Also speaking, Mr Abdullahi Sulaiman from Basic Education Group, said the organisation had done a lot in terms of advocacy for the development of basic education.
Sulaiman expressed the need for government to prioritise the welfare and re-training of teachers, as well as the timely release of counterpart funding for Universal Basic Education.
Earlier, Mr Habila Salem, Citizen Engagement and Capacity Building Specialist, State2State Project, said that the objective of the meeting was to provide updates on implementation of the 2023 budget.
“The interest will focus on priority sectors of basic education, primary health care and WASH among others,” he said.
Salem said that other objectives of the engagement included revision of the quarterly CSOs’ advocacy plan, to reflect the current realities.
He commended the role of the CSOs, and urged them to double their efforts for the development of the state.
Miss Suzanne Myada, the project’s Public Financial Management Specialist, urged the CSOs to advocate for increased budgetary allocation.
She said this would enhance more development in education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene.