The Deaf Support Group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begged governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to allow inclusiveness and see to it that all interests are taken care of in his government.
The secretary of the group, Mr Adewale Adeyanju, made the appeal at a news conference in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He revealed that the deaf community in the state, specifically the APC’s deaf group, played an vital role in the electoral victory of Sanwo-Olu.
His words, “The incoming government should embrace inclusiveness and practise it to the letter if Lagos State must remain the Centre of Excellence it is known for.
“Virtually, all the programmes and policies must be tailored-made to include the deaf and other categories of people with disabilities.
“The deaf are homogenous, with one common problem-deafness and inability to hear as well as lack access to information as at when due.
“The problem of language further limits the capability for some deaf people to express themselves clearly.
“Due to this, the deaf are always overlooked when it comes to sharing and distribution of resources, privileges and positions in any community.
“’We are appealing to the incoming administration to recognise that the deaf community has capabilities despite their disabilities.
“Sanwo-Olu should give us a sense of belonging in his administration and see to our needs.”
“We commend the state government for establishing the Office of the Disability Affairs to cater for the needs of people with disabilities.
“’However, we believe the office should be strengthened to do much more and give official roles to people with disabilities.
“We appeal to Sanwo-Olu to empower the office and employ there more people with disabilities to run its affairs for better service delivery.”