The Federal Government of Nigeria has reached a concrete agreement with Gallaudet University in the United States for the establishment of an institution for the Deaf.
According to reports, the proposed university for the deaf would be located either in Abuja or Shagamu, Ogun State.
The Nigerian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD), which revealed the development, also made it known that a series of meetings had been held with the National Universities Commission (NUC), Federal Ministry of Education, National Assembly leadership and the Joint Admissions ans Matriculation Board (JAMB) on the proposed institution.
Reports revealed that the promoters of the university said that a site visit to Gallaodet University had also been scheduled to take place between October 28 and November 1, 2019.
Mohammed Adelani, National President of NNAD, disclosed the development in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, during a programme to commemorate the international day of sign languages.
The event was organised by Disability Inclusive Development, Christoffel Blinden Mission, Inclusive Friends Association and Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities and supported by the National Human Rights Commission and British Council.
A joint statement issued after the event also called on the FG to, as a matter of urgency, establish a commission for persons with disabilities to expedite action on inclusion process and mainstreaming disability in governance for the next level agenda.