La­gos trains 15 Pwds in skill ac­qui­si­tion

The Punch - - PHOTO NEWS - Je­suse­gun Alagbe

The La­gos State Gov­ern­ment has grad­u­ated 15 trainees from its Vo­ca­tional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in dif­fer­ent vo­ca­tions.

While pre­sent­ing vo­ca­tional tools and em­pow­er­ment grants to the trainees on Thurs­day at the Iko­rodu cen­tre, the state Com­mis­sioner for Youth and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Mr Ag­boola Dabiri, said the state gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to train­ing and em­pow­er­ing the youth so that they could be use­ful to them­selves and the so­ci­ety.

Dabiri said the tools and grants would en­able the trainees to be in­de­pen­dent and be­come the pride of their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

“The La­gos State Of­fice of Dis­abil­ity is a tes­ti­mony of the will­ing­ness and de­ci­sion of the gov­ern­ment to cre­ate equal ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties for all cit­i­zens.

“The gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to do all that is nec­es­sary to re­move bar­ri­ers to trainees and cre­ate an in­clu­sive and ac­ces­si­ble so­ci­ety for all,” he said.

The com­mis­sioner also called on non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions to con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate and sup­port the state gov­ern­ment in cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in or­der to make the best out of their lives.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Youth and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, Mr ha­keem Muri-okunola, said the gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties were trained and as­sisted with work­ing tools and grants to be­come self-re­liant.

The Prin­ci­pal of the Vo­ca­tional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, Ms Oke Olamide, said the event was the be­gin­ning of a jour­ney to a cel­e­brated and ful­fill­ing life for the grad­uands, “who have achieved a great feat de­spite their chal­lenges.”

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