Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has praised Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) leadership for creating a platform that refrain their members from becoming street beggars.
The Governor made the commendation through his deputy, Prince Kola Adewusi on Friday at the Project launching and presentation of cheques to groups of Persons with Disabilities for socially inclusive micro projects held at the School For Pupils With Special Needs, Osogbo.
The cheques are N14,617,700 to St. Philip special school, Iloro, N14,823,380 to School For Special Needs Children, Ikirun.
Others are; ST. Phillips for special needs children, Ife-East , N13,817,700 and School Of Special Needs Children, Modakeke got N14,953,106 among beneficial groups under the umbrella of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD).
Reinstating his commitment to deliver inclusive governance to all in the state, Adeleke said “This administration has resolved to constantly mobilize resources to enable the intervention of Osun CSDA to better the lots of rural communities, the vulnerable groups inclusive, while the requirements of the World Bank are regularly being met for continuous assistance of the Bank.
“This administration has supported Osun CSDA with over Five Hundred Million Naira for the implementation of multi-sectoral and socially inclusive micro projects under World Bank Assisted Osun CARES DLI 1.4. Hence, the Project Launch of today. And this no doubt, is just a tip of an iceberg.
“Let me reiterate that access issues for person with disability as far as I am concerned have greater importance over that of the general community because they are more vulnerable than the rest of us.
“Therefore the implementation of projects identified by the groups as their priority projects will in no small measure make life more meaningful to them after successful implementation.
“In addition today’s programme will further create more awareness and understanding of disabilities issues and the gains derivable from their integration in all aspects of life.
In her own address, the General Manager of the Osun Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) Mrs Bose Abokede commended Governor Ademola Adeleke for providing the enabling environment for the agency to empower persons with disabilities focusing on their capabilities and not on their disabilities.
Abokede said”Today’s event is an evidence based mainstreaming of disabilities into development and this will distinguish and make Osun State a role model of building inclusive society and giving voice to the voiceless.
“The State Government of Osun is willing and committed to ensuring social inclusion by funding 24 socially inclusive micro projects for persons with disabilities.
“May I congratulate the entire benefiting groups that are to be presented with their cheques today by Mr Governor for the implementation of Micro projects that will bring succour and impact positively on human development.”