Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has advocated for a better and improved living standard for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), emphasizing that God has not created anyone to be useless or without potentials.

The governor, speaking at an event marking this year’s International Day for Persons With Disabilities at Jibowu Hall, Government House, Ado Ekiti, assured individuals with disabilities that his administration would consistently implement policies aimed at bringing them on par with other citizens, ensuring the fulfillment of their God-given talents and potentials.

Governor Oyebanji emphasized that his administration would continue to prioritize the welfare of persons with disabilities, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to their well-being.

The govenor highlighted the significant improvement in the lives of children in Government Special schools, affirming the soundness of his decision to address the affairs of persons with disabilities by creating the office of Special Education and Social Inclusion, separate from the Ministry of Education.

He outlined interventions in the special schools, including ongoing projects such as the renovation of hostels and classrooms. Additionally, the governor stated that his administration had approved the employment of 17 therapists and 91 permanent support staff, potentially including qualified individuals with disabilities and single mothers with children having disabilities.

The governor added that his government has also developed a new curriculum for pupils in the Special Class to address their special needs and prepare them for independent adulthood.

Governor Oyebanji called for renewed efforts to create a fully inclusive world where everyone must work together to break down barriers and build a just society that values every individual’s unique perspectives and potentials.

“When it gets to the issue of Persons with Disability (PWDs), I get a little emotional about it and as long as I remain the Governor of this State, we are in it together. Because, my Bible tells me, we are fearfully and wonderfully made and we are made in the image of God and God doesn’t make mistake, so in whatever form God has created us, its for a purpose and God will use me to achieve those purposes in your lives.

“I don’t agree that anybody is created useless but I agree that if you don’t have the right support, you don’t have the right access to opportunities, it may be challenging to fulfil your potentials, so, the duty of any government is to create opportunities for those of us that don’t have access to those opportunities so that we can fulfil those God-given potentials in all of us.

“It is vital to support people with disabilities (PWDs) by creating employment opportunities for them. Advocacy for fair job advancement and placement of PWDs has been quite effective in this government. As a result, Mr Victor Olowokere was recently appointed to the admin cadre after successfully going through the rigorous process.

“To improve the inclusion of people with deafness in essential interaction within the office space, all civil servants are currently having sign language lessons online.

“Across the community, particularly in schools, we have several ongoing projects to improve the lives of children with disabilities. These projects include the renovation of hostels and classrooms, approval of 17 therapists and 91 permanent support staff for employment, including people with disabilities and single mothers with children with disabilities. We have also developed a new curriculum for pupils in the Special Class to address their needs and prepare them for independent adulthood.” The Governor added.

The event which was attended by Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye; his deputy, Rt. Hon. Bolaji Olagbaju; Secretary to the State Government, Dr Habibat Adubiaro; members of State Executive Council and House of Assembly has as theme: “united in action to rescue and achieve the SDG’s for, with and by persons with disabilities”.

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