Stop discriminating against physically-challenged, says Sanwo-olu
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, has appealed to residents of the state to stop discriminating against people living with disabilities.
Sanwo-olu spoke on Thursday at an event marking the 2019 International Day of Disability for Persons Living with Disabilities.
It was organised by the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Ganiyu Dawodu, said his administration would do more for people living with disabilities in 2020, especially in the area of education and empowerment.
he said the various clusters of people living with disabilities in the state had been supportive of government’s policies, adding that government would reciprocate the gesture.
“Our aim is to create awareness and sensitise the people not to look down on people living with disabilities. Many of them are smart and brilliant. This government will do a lot to ensure that they are not discriminated against.
“We are looking at areas where they can do better. 2020 is a different year. There is a fund that has been earmarked for you to access. 300 of you will be trained and when you graduate, government will give you kits and accessories to go out and excel.
“We are going to ensure we create awareness among the private sectors. Private sectors must make their buildings user-friendly for people with disabilities,” Sanwo-olu said.
The acting General Manager of LASODA, Alejo Adegboyega, said the event was to identify with the physically-challenged and care for their welfare.