In commemoration of this year’s International Day of Persons with disability today, the Lagos State Government has donated assistive devices and empowerment grants to over two thousand persons with disability in the State, PWDs.
The International Day of Persons with disability is observed on the third of December annually and this year’s theme is “Transformative Solutions For Inclusive Development: The Role of Innovation in Fueling, Accessible and Equitable World”.
In a message to the event in Agidingbi Ikeja, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the gesture was to to ameliorate the plight of PWDs, empower them to be self-reliant to enable them cope with the numerous challenges they are faced with as the various assistive devices will ease their movement and participation in the society.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu noted that the empowerment funds would increase the capacity of existing businesses of PWD’S as well as those just starting up in line with his adminstration’s government of inclusiveness and job creation.
“The purpose of this intervention is to empower PWDs with various assistive devices to ease their movement and participation in the society. Empowerment funds have also been arranged to increase the capacity of existing businesses of PWD’S as well as those just starting up. The funds seek to give PWDs an opportunity to be independent and eventually become employers of labour thereby reducing the numbers of unemployed people in the disability community. I am happy to say that, past beneficiaries of this Programme, are now contributing to their family and the society at large” he said.
In a welcome address, the General Manager of the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, Mr Dare Dairo pointed out that the event was part of the implementation of the disability law in Lagos.
Mr Dairo said some non governmental organisations are also being catered for by the State government in addition to clusters of PWDs.
He said “From here on, it will only get better because in Lagos, the government is with us, the government is for us and the government is about us”
Mr. Dairo assured all PWDs in the State of overnment’s continued commitment to their welfare.
The devices given out include wheelchairs, Guide Canes, Hearing Aids, Motorized Wheelchairs, Cerebral Palsy chairs, Braille Embossers, Laptop computers,Creams and sunscreen lotions used to treat conditions such as growths and simple skin cancers for the albinism group, while those who got financial assistance to boost their businesses also included elderly Persons Living with Disabilities.
Some of the beneficiaries who could not hide their joy appreciated government for the gesture and promised to make judicious use of all that they were given