Persons with disabilities in the state of Oyo, under the auspices of the Association of Persons Living With Disability (PLWD). have commended the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde, for including their well-being in his government’s policies.

The group of associations, in a statement signed by their representatives and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, on Wednesday, described Makinde as the first governor in state history to appoint a disabled person as an executive assistant, including other firsts.
The statement, jointly signed by the Chairman, National Association of Persons with Physical Disability, Oyo State Chapter, Oyayinka Babawale; Chairman, Nigeria Association for the Deaf, Oyo State Chapter, Isaac Akinfenwa; Chairman, Nigeria Association for the Blind, Oyo State Chapter, Lekan Bello; Chairman, Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, Femi Ajulo; and Chairman, National Association of Persons with Intellectual Disability, Oyo State Chapter, Evang. Olu Kayode, appealed to other governors in the country to imitate the governor’s gesture.

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“We would like to commend the Executive Assistant to the Governor for Disability Affairs and the Governor himself for their unprecedented positive impact on the lives of all people with disabilities living in the state of Oyo.

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“Governor Seyi Makinde is the first governor in state history to appoint a disabled person as an executive assistant. He also approved the appointment of a disabled person as a special assistant (SA) to the governor.

“He enabled the appointment of one disabled person as councilor and others as SA for each of the 33 local government areas in Oyo state.

“We must also not forget the appointment of 150 persons with disabilities as teachers employed by the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), as well as the appointment of a visually impaired lawyer as a legal assistant to the State Ministry of Justice of Oyo, etc.

“These are all the positive steps the Governor has taken to ensure that our well-being has not suffered. And as we urge him to keep it going, we also pledge our unalloyed support for his
re-election and continued support for his people-oriented government,” the groups said.

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