Abuja - The Edo State Chapter of the Association of the Deaf has staged peaceful protests around major streets in Benin over alleged marginalisation and neglect of its members by the state government.
Speaking through an interpreter, the state chairman of the association, Ekhorrutomwen Iyoosa, claimed that efforts made by his members to visit the governor to discuss these issues were not successful.
He alleged that government was not considering members of the association for employment.
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Iyoosa decried the dearth of special schools for the deaf while those available lacked qualified teachers in special education.
He appealed to the government to provide its members with funds to start their business or empower them by assisting them with sewing and grinding machines.
Iyoosa also urged the government to recruit sign language interpreters at the state owned Broadcasting Service, General Hospitals, Sports Council, Courts and during major public events.
He stressed on the need for the government to establish a commission for the deaf in the state.
- CAJ News