By Victor Ayeni
A non-profit organisation, Festus Fajemilo Foundation, has unveiled its plan to improve access to social protection for People With Disabilities across Lagos State.
The co-founder of FFF, Mr Afolabi Fajemilo, disclosed this on Friday during a virtual inauguration of the Expanding Disability-Inclusive Social Protection initiative in Lagos.
He said, “Not only have social protection programmes failed to meet the actual needs of PWDs, but these programmes have also failed to reach more vulnerable PWDs including children with disabilities, persons with multiple disabilities, persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, residing in rural communities and hard-to-reach areas, as well as girls and women with disabilities.
“Accordingly, the EDISOP project seeks to support Organisations of Persons with Disabilities towards developing sustainable leadership, institutional and advocacy capacities sensitive to social protection needs of marginalised PWDs, as well as the capacity to engage relevant agencies of government towards strengthening disability-inclusive social protection interventions.”
Fajemilo added that the foundation would work with the state government on sensitisation.
“The target communities are Ibeju-Lekki and Badagry Local Government areas. EDISOP will carry out sensitisation training which will also capture improving know-how of responders to vulnerable people during emergencies and it will be streamlined to involve key bodies such as the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs, the Ministry of Wealth Creation, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Health,” he added.