Fayemi constitutes governing board for People Living With Disabilities

 Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has approved the appointment of a four-man governing board for Ekiti Agency for Persons With Disabilities (PLWDs).

The appointment letters signed by Secretary to the Government, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, stated effective date as July 12.

The board has Akin Obanise, a physically challenged person as Chairman.

Oyebanji congratulated the board members and charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them by government.

Accepting the offer on behalf of other board members, Obanise said on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti that Gov. Fayemi arguably the most physically challenged-friendly governor in the country.

He itemised the achievements of the governor PLWDs to include the signing the Disability into law, the establishment of the Office of Disability and the appointment of Senior Special Assistant on Disability Matters.

He also lauded the governor for assuring that 5 per cent of opportunities in the would go to PLWDs.

In his remarks, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Disability Matters, Mr Tunde Ogunrinde, praised Fayemi for appointing a governing board for Ekiti Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

He thanked Gov. Fayemi for making good his promise to constitute a governing board Office on Disability Affairs.

Ogunrinde remarked that in the whole of southwest Nigeria, only Lagos came close to what the Ekiti government had achieved in the Disability Community within the space of two years.

“Osun, Ogun, and Ondo states do not have a disability agency, not to talk of a PLWD representative in their governments,’’ he said.

Ogunrinde went on to urge persons with disabilities to be patient with the government as all their problems would be addressed through the newly constituted governing board.

Other members of the board are Adetuase Emmanuel (vision impairment) Mr Ogunbiyi Azeez (albinism) and Mrs Bukola Fakunle (auditory impairment) (NAN)