Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured People Living with Disabilities, PLWDsin Lagos, that they will have access to the State’s 500 hundred Million Naira Disability Fund from next year.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who gave the assurance during an interactive session with the PLWDs at the Lagos House Marina said already, provision for the Fund has been made in the 2021 Budget recently passed by the State Assembly.
The Governor also assured the PLWDs that in the next few days he would be appointing a Senior Special Assistant on Disability Affairs.
“We will make the appointment as part of our first of January announcements, I have ensured that the Disability Fund will be available, the moment we enter into the New Year, we will agree with you in what area we should apply the Fund into. We’ve talked about free healthcare for the disabled in the Special Persons Law, we will make sure that the Ministry of Health is unambiguous and clearly state what you are entitled to and all our primary and tertiary health facilities would be informed” He pledged.
The Governor presented the various PLWDs groups with assistive devices.
In his remarks, Commissioner, Ministry of Youths and Social Development, Mr.Olusegun Dawodu noted that the interactive session with the PLWDs is to allow them rub minds with the Governor and let him know what they are going through in the Society and areas of need for government’s intervention.
Earlier, the PLWDs had requested for many things, including sign language teachers for the deaf, support from Local governments, inclusive education to enable the blind attend regular schools with able bodied persons, establishment of a government owned school for the blind, more teachers and caregivers for children with intellectual disabilities and establishment of early intervention centres across the State and Special Covid-19 care for PLWDs in case they contract the coronavirus disease.
One of them, a visually impaired broadcaster, Mr Victor Oteri advocated the empowerment of the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs, LASODA, to implement the Special persons law and ensure that during recruitment, all Corporate organisations in Lagos employ at least two qualifed PLWDs to reduce the challenge of unemployment
The interactive session was spiced with music by students of the Pacelli School for the blind.