The Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs, (LASODA) raised the hope of participants at a three-day training workshop on sign language, as cash gift were given to winners.
LASODA organized the programme at Adeyemi-Bero auditorium, Secretariat Alausa, Lagos, where five of the trainees won cash prizes after they emerged winners in the examination that wrapped up the training programme last week.
The training, which was part of efforts by the Lagos state government to integrate people living with disabilities, was set to address the challenge of hearing impairment as well as create more enabling environment for the physically challenged.
“I feel very excited to be part of this training workshop,” said Maria Seyi-Shobowale of the Lagos State Water Corporation, who won the grand prize.
“I want to learn the sign language more deeply so that I can also train others and communicate better with our brothers and sisters living with hearing defect,” she added.
Seyi-Shobowale,who won a cash prize of N150,000, was also presented a plaque for outstanding performance.
Akinbo Oluwatoyin and Thomas Alidi, both from the ministry of health, made the second position and were presented 50,000 naira each with plaques.
Runner-ups, Omolara Omomowo and Adesanya Adekunle, from the ministries of health and commerce, industry & cooperative respectively, were given a sum of 30,000 naira each.
General manager, LASODA, Dr Babatunde Awelaiye, while commending the government for putting in place the training, which is said to be an annual event, charged the participants to consolidate on the knowledge to impart the community.
Other participants were presented certificate of participation.