Afolabi Fajemilo, Co-founder and Executive Director, Festus Fajemilo Foundation
Festus Fajemilo Foundation, FFF has committed to partner with the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, LASODA, towards ending discrimination against persons with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus and various forms of disability.
This was revealed during the strategic planning meeting of FFF for the year 2021-2024 with Board members, representative of LASODA, parents and beneficiaries of FFF and members of staff.
While speaking on the need for partnership, Afolabi Fajemilo, Executive Director, FFF explained that “FFF’s approach to achieving collective impact is through harmonizing collective efforts which can be realized through strategic partnership-building and effective stakeholders’ engagement.
“Promoting rights of PWDs and inclusive development across all spheres of life are missions that can’t be achieved by single individuals or organizations.
“FFF therefore realizes the need to mobilize and exchange human, material, financial and technical resources from and with other individuals and organizations respectively who share similar vision and goals,” he added.
Responding, Mr. Oguntoye, Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Mobilization, LASODA commended FFF and also disclosed that LASODA is willing to work with Disabled Peoples Organizations across the state among which FFF is one.
He also asked for the support of FFF regarding increased awareness and sensitization on disability issues, through which he believes would help LASODA achieve its mandate.
Dr. Adebukola Adebayo, the consultant, explained that all the highlighted strategies can be achieved if FFF work closely with relevant stakeholders to create more awareness on disability issues.
Dr. Adebayo also emphasized the need for expansion to other states across the country.
On his part, Mr. Olujimi Olusola, the chairman, Board of Trustees, FFF noted that the strategic planning meeting was essential and would enable the organization to forge ahead and impact lives in the next couple of years.
The Strategic Planning was supported by Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent De Paul, Nigeria.