Nigeria’s blind spot for the blind


In this report Gbenga Ogundare, takes a trip into the world of the blind and visually impaired and discovered that ineffective inclusive education policy, aggravated by widespread fraud and infrastructure dearth, has dealt a severe blow on this segment of the country’s population.

A quick fact-check: Presenting the 2019 budget proposal to the State House of Assembly in November 2018, Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, announced that his administration had spent N646.649 billion on training and resettlement of 20 visually impaired persons (the blind) in different skills at the Nigerian Farm Craft Centre, Lagos and subsequent empowerment for them to start up their businesses in the development trade they learnt.

Suppose the Governor did exactly as he had told the legislature, that would have been 20 persons lifted out of a life of penury and street begging for which Nigerians living with disabilities are known.

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