Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday said it was time to move from charitable orientation of empowerment to an approach that would make Persons with Disabilities to become wealth creators and employers of labour.
The governor, who presented vehicles and grants to 2,000 PWDs, said empowering them was beneficial to them and the state.
Ambode, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, at the presentation of the items, added that the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise of ensuring an all-inclusive government.
He also revealed that the state was set to give letters of employment to 250 PWDs as promised during a town hall meeting at Ojo area of the state.
He said, “Our focus is to move away from the previous charitable orientation of empowerment towards a more socially and economically-oriented approach of enablement that will make PWDs become wealth creators and employers of labour.
“On the first anniversary of our administration, we set up the Lagos State Persons Living with Disabilities Fund with N500m for the welfare of PWDs.
“Today, we are witnessing presentation of vehicles, equipment and empowerment funds to enable individuals, homes and NGOs of PWDs to take charge of their future.”
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, said the gesture would enhance the productivity of the PWDs.
She listed some of the items presented as a 30-seater bus for the Pacelli School for the Blind, a 12-seater bus for the Joint Association of PWDs, 50 special wheelchairs, 25 laptops for people with hearing impairment, 300 wheelchairs, financial empowerment of N100,000 to 500 PWDs, among others.