The Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs has said the N500m Disability Trust Fund recently approved by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is not for distribution to People Living With Disabilities.
It stated the fund was earmarked to empower the PLWD and provide infrastructure that would enhance their wellbeing.
Ekocity Magazine gathered that, LASODA General Manager, Dr. Babatunde Awelenje, spoke on Wednesday at a quiz competition event for pupils of regular and special schools in the state held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, where he noted that the fund was in fulfilment of the state government’s policy of inclusiveness.
According to Mr. Awelenje, the disability fund is not meant to give persons living with disabilities money or token. And it is not bending towards charity model of disability. It is just to ensure social welfare and empowerment accessible to PLWDs in Lagos State.
Awelenje indicated that the quiz was to promote social inclusion of children living with disabilities in line with the Lagos State Special People’s Law, Section 28, Subsection 5.
Paceli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, which emerged the overall winner, went home with N100,000, Estate Primary School, came second with a cash prize of N80,000 while Maryland Primary School, which won the third position, received a cash prize of N50,000.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, described the event as another stride by the state government to reposition the socio-political and economic status of PLWDs.