Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have joined numerous well wishers to celebrate former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who clocked 57 yesterday.
Chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities (JONAPWD), Lagos chapter, Dr. Adebukola Adebayo in a statement made available to INN, said the disability community remain ever grateful to Fashola for giving them real and sustainable inclusion in the State.
According to him, Fashola, fondly called BRF, layed the foundation for a disability-inclusive Lagos state when he signed the Lagos state Special People’s Law in June 2011.
He added that Fashola also in July 2012, established the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA), and ensured that many PWDs were empowered as well as organisations promoting inclusion.
“BRF truly empowered lagosians with disabilities by going beyond mere giving of Charity to put in place life-long legal, policy and institutional frameworks to protect and empower disabled people.
“Did you know that BRF Supported the overall development of children with disabilities even up to his last days in office as Governor of Lagos state?
“On 26th May 2015, just 3 days before BRF left office, he ratified the Lagos State Policy on Inclusive Education.
“Meanwhile, BRF, in his typically charitable character, quietly gave support to empower thousands of lagosians with Disabilities and many organizations of and for persons with disabilities.
“So, Your Excellency, please accept the hearty cheers from all lagosians with disabilities who forever remain grateful to you for giving them real and sustainable inclusion in Lagos state.
Happy birthday Sir,” Dr. Adebayo said.