The Ekiti government says it will continue to give adequate attention to the welfare of People living with Disabilities (PWDs) in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Kayode Fayemi on Disability Matters, Mr Tunde Ogunrinde, gave the pledge during an empowerment programme organised for PWDs on Monday in Ado-Ekiti.
Ogunrinde said that as part of government’s efforts towards the welfare of people with disabilities, the Office of Disability Affairs was established to look into the welfare of PWDs in the state.
He said that Gov. Fayemi had also signed the disability bill into law and also appointed a member of the PWD as Senior Special Assistant on Disability Matters.
” All these is to demonstrate the love of the state government to the PWDs. And I am complementing this efforts by organising this empowerment programme for the PWDs”, the aide to the governor said.
Ogunrinde, however, advocated for the use of transparent nose mask to aid communication by deaf-and-dump people in the society.
According to him, since the deaf-and- dumb people rely on the reading of lips to communicate, the use of transparent nose mask would be to their benefit.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that N5,000 was given to each of the 32 PWDs present at the event.
One of the PWD, Yinka Owolabi, commended the governor’s aid for the gesture.
Owolabi, however, appealed to Gov. Fayemi to consider PWDs for government employment.
Also speaking, a 70-year-old albino, Mr Oyinbo Omokunrin, commended the state government for its support for the PWDs in the state. (NAN).