Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has advocated for laws for physically challenged children to safeguard them against any form of discrimination and rejection.
Speaking at the 2013 Special Thanksgiving service and reception organized by the Committee for the Disabled (CODISA) of the Chapel of the Healing Cross, Idi Araba Lagos, Orelope-Adefulire expressed the need for government at all levels to make appropriate legislations that will recognise the need of the physically challenged people.
Irked by the rate at which physically challenged children are being ridiculed and discriminated in the society, Orelope-Adefulire urged government at all levels to make provision for their social wellbeing and integrate them into the larger society.
“We need to make laws that will recognise the rights of the disables and also put in place programmes and policies that will remove all stigma against them, thereby allowing them contribute to the socio-economic development of the country,” she said.
Speaking further, the deputy governor noted that a person’s disability could be a condition of his or her birth, and may not necessarily affect his or her creativity and endowed intelligence.
According to Orelope- Adefulire, in most cases, physically challenged children do excel in their chosen career just like their able-bodied counterparts.
She disclosed that Lagos State Government, in demonstration of its commitment to the welfare of the disables and its belief in their ability, passed the law that established the office for the Disability Affairs which she said, is aimed at protecting people living with disabilities against all forms of abuse and discrimination., as well as give them equal opportunities to work and earn a living.
In addition, Adefulire posited that the state government apart from building 17 Skills and vocational centres where people can learn different vocations to be self dependent, has also built a home for the physically challenged children at Ketu to cater for the social development of children with disabilities.