BY GEORGE OKOJIE,
Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said the state government would soon distribute letters of employment to 250 persons living with disabilities who would be deployed to the state’s civil service as well as the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
The governor stated this at a ceremony held in Lagos to distribute 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.
Items distributed included brand new 30-seater Hyundai and 12-seater Hyundai Buses, 500 White Canes, 1 Index Express Embosser with Duxbury Braille Translation Software, 10 Accessible Desktop Computers With Jaws Screen Reader, 20 Tactile Metric Sets, 100 Taylor Frame, 60 Magic White Boards, 6 Magnetic Boards, 300 Wheel Chairs, 50 Special Wheel Chairs (Rough Riders for people with Spinal Cord Injury), and 25 Computer sets for people living with hearing impairment.
In addition, 10 NGOs dealing with issues of disability in the State were given N500, 000 each as grants, while 500 people with disabilities received N100, 000 each as financial empowerment.
Ambode, who was represented by the state’s deputy governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, said the development was a major testament to the commitment of his administration to demonstrate in practical terms its commitment to ensure an all-inclusive government and to empower persons living with disabilities to become wealth creators and employers of labour.
He said, “To reinforce our determination to support persons living with disabilities to realise their dream, a N500 million Trust Fund was established last year on the first anniversary of this government for the welfare of persons with disabilities in Lagos State.