Lagos employs 250 disabled persons

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Representative of Lagos State Governor & Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (2nd right), presenting special wheelchair to Assistant Secretary, Physical Cluster, Lagos State Chapter, Miss Ihuoma Sussan (2nd left) during the presentation of Assistive Devices, Vehicles, Empowerment Grants to Persons Living With Disability in the State at the Blue Roof, LTV 8 Complex, Agidingbi, Ikeja, on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. With them are Commissioner for Youth & Social Development, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (lright), Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth & Sport, Mrs. Joyce Onafowokan (left) and others.

Not less than 250 persons living with disabilities will work with the Lagos State Civil service.

They would soon receive letters of employment from the State government.

Lagos State Governor,  Akinwunmi Ambode says the new employees will soon be deployed into the mainstream Civil Service as well as the Local Government Councils.

Governor Ambode made this known while distributing various technologies, mobility aids and financial grants to 2,000 persons living with disabilities and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in taking care of such categories of people.

He noted that the gesture was a testament to the all-inclusive nature of the present administration.

“We are already leading the way and it is my expectation that individuals, private and corporate entities will partner with the state government by contributing generously to the Trust Fund,” the governor stated.

Wealth creators
He explained that the development was a major proof to the commitment of his administration to demonstrate in practical terms the commitment to ensure an all-inclusive government and to empower persons living with disabilities to become wealth creators and employers of labour.

“To reinforce our determination to support persons living with disabilities to realise their dream, a N500million Trust Fund was established last year on the first anniversary of this government for the welfare of persons with disabilities in Lagos State.

“This was followed with the inauguration of a board to ensure judicious management of the Fund. Today, we are witnessing the presentation of this Fund to the first set of beneficiaries.

“Our focus is to move away from the previous charitable orientation of empowerment towards a more socially and economically oriented approach of enablement that will make people living with disabilities to become wealth creators and employers of labour.

“For the first phase of the programme, we are presenting vehicles, equipment, funds to enable individuals, homes and NGOs take charge of their future, start businesses and create wealth for themselves,” Governor Ambode explained.

The Principal of Pacelli School for the Visually Impaired, Surulere, Sister Jane Onyeneri said the gesture by Governor Ambode was highly commendable coming at a time the country was grappling with economic challenges.

Also, the Chairperson of Joint National Association of Persons Living With Disabilities, Lagos State Chapter, Deaconess Beyioku Alasa and Mainland Coordinator of People Living With Disabilities, Mr Kehinde Oshilaja, commended the government for its commitment to the welfare of people with disabilities.

Items distributed
Items distributed included brand new 30-seater Hyundai and 12-seater Hyundai Buses, 500 White Canes, 300 wheel chairs, 50 special wheel chairs, rough-riders for people with spinal cord injury, 25 computer sets for people living with hearing impairment, among others.

In addition, 10 NGOs dealing with issues of disability in the state received 500,000 naira each as grants, while 500 people with disabilities received 100,000 naira each as financial empowerment.

Confidence Okwuchi