Stop dis­crim­i­nat­ing against phys­i­cally-chal­lenged, says Sanwo-olu

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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.

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