Recently, The JAMB registrar Prof. Is-haq Oloyede at a meeting held in the National Universities Commission, thanked the Wesley University for their committed efforts in education development for the deaf.
The JAMB Administrator said the Federal Government mapped out University of Ilorin as the national center for the deaf in Nigeria.
He further enjoined the NUC and JAMB to cooperate effectively as to foster the development of the specialized centers for the deaf in one University in the six geopolitical Zones in the country.
In his recommendation, he spotted out Wesley University from the south and Al-hikmah from the North for private Universities; and Bayero University, Kano, University of Maiduguri, University of Nigeria Nsukka, University of Calabar as well as the University of Ibadan to join University of Ilorin as specialized learning centers for the deaf in Nigerian Universities.
Consequently, The JAMB registrar said that the plan of Wesley University to build a specialized campus for the deaf would create more fair friendly platforms social platforms of interaction and learning, which seemed apparently lost with other students in the University.
In his words, the disability nature such hearing impairment would be made available on JAMB forms to enable them comply with instructions.
The JAMB boss suggested employment of at least one deaf person in all ministries to increase chances for the deaf and other physically challenged.
Alhaji Dogo saka, the president of National Association of Deaf people in Nigeria expressed gratitude to the JAMB Registrar for his applaud able works while he was the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin; He acknowledged the University of Ilorin, Kano University, Bayero and University of Jos for offering academic opportunities for those with hearing impairment and graduating them
The President enjoined Federal Government to make available, more world class facilities for the education of the deaf and people with hearing disabilities and more professionally trained interpreters.
Alhaji Dogo, highly appreciated Wesley University in collaboration with the University of Gallaudet Washington, DC for jointly working with the National Association of Deaf people in Nigeria.
Khadija Rasheed, The Representative of the Wesley University threw her words of appreciation to the JAMB Registrar Prof. Is-haq Oloyede for his countless contributions throughout his tenure as Vice-Chancellor University of Ilorin.
Expressing concern for lack of interpreters for people with hearing impairments, Khadija Rasheed said that a plan by Wesley University to set up a campus for people with hearing impairment. Would not alienate them, but rather create avenues for specialized facilities in communication, thus making language a lesser barrier in the act of communication
In her suggestion, the professional interpreter should be available in all JAMB centers to render assistance to those with hearing impairment. Miss Rasheed highlighted that University of Ilorin has graduated lots of medical doctors with hearing impairment but unemployment has been an issue.
Miss Rasheed mentioned Wesley University was collaborating with Gallaudet University, Washington DC to provide accessible means for people with hearing disability to further academic study
These two Universities according to her, were willing to jointly work with the NUC and JAMB in raising specialized facilities that will accommodate people with hearing impairments in the Nigerian University System.
Miss Khadija Rasheed thanked gracefully, the JAMB registrar Professor Is-haq Oloyede and the NUC Executive Secretary Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed for their efforts in the development of higher sector education, with the view that the two, were setting up ideas that would attract international competition
The Undergraduate Accreditation promised that NUC would aid to improve the education of people with hearing disability in Nigeria University System, using all within its capacity. This was made known by Mrs Hadiza Abdulrahman Deputy Director, as she responded on behalf of the executive secretary NUC.
She pointed out that NUC accepted to collaborate with JAMB to work with Wesley University and Gallaudet University for the education of the physically challenged in Nigeria
The Deputy Director appreciated all participants in the meeting for their contributions, and also disclosed that a meeting with the Minister of State for Education would be held soon for more discussions.