Succor has come the way of people living with disabilities in Lagos State as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, inaugurated the Governing Board of the Office for Disability Affairs to manage the N500million Disability Trust Fund. During the inauguration, Ambode expressed optimism that the process would aid people living with disabilities in the State realize their dreams and live a more comfortable life.
Speaking during the inauguration of the board, Ambode disclosed that the process was in fulfillment of his administration’s promise to ensure that the affairs of people living with disabilities is managed by people passionate enough to show that there is ability in disability. He however stressed that the development is another milestone in his commitment to run an all-inclusive government in the State.
In his words, “the Board will manage the Disability Trust Fund. In fulfillment of the promise I made on May 29th, 2016, this Fund has in its kitty today, N500m with a marching order to solicit from the public and other charitable organisations additional support for its objectives. We could not have done otherwise, given the array of people with disabilities who possess requisite qualification, experience and character.”
Ambode added that “in addition, we believe in their ability to manage the Disability Trust Fund more judiciously because they have a more personal understanding of the needs and situation of our less privileged people. This fund will give our brothers and sisters a needed boost to make a livelihood for themselves and a chance to fulfill their potentials.”
The Governing Board of the Office for Disability Affairs will be headed by Dr. Oki Olabodunrin Waheed while the others members are; Leila Omawumi Atake, Rose Ekaete Mordi, Abdulwahab Matepo, Deaconess Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase, Dr. Adebayo Adebukola Shehu, Biola Liadi, Bada Emmanuel Oladipupo, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, representing the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, and Dr. Babatunde Awelenje.
Governor Ambode, while congratulating the members of the Board, tasked them to ensure that the principles of transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and fairness are observed in administering the Fund and coordinating all affairs concerning people living with disabilities.
Furthermore, Ambode assured that apart from the N500million Trust Fund, people living with disabilities are still eligible to access the N25billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF).