Oyo Governor donates palliatives to persons living with disabilities

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, donated palliatives to Persons Living with Disabilities in the State.

The brief ceremony which was held in the Car Park of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, is the third phase of palliative distribution in the state.

While making the symbolic presentation of the palliatives to the Persons Living with Disabilities in the State, Governor Makinde hinted that COVID-19 palliatives distribution officials were already on standby across the State and registered persons living with disabilities would start receiving their packages from Wednesday.

The Governor maintained that never again in Oyo state would impersonators take what belongs to persons living with disabilities, as the issue of able bodied people taking benefits that belong to the physically challenged and people living with disabilities had been cracked in the State.

He stated, “When we said they should bring names of people living with disabilities for them to be included in the administration at the local level, some people thought we will not check, so they brought names of able bodied people. We checked them out and removed their names. “

Makinde affirmed that he was working on setting up the agency for people with disabilities as he promised during his campaigns, assuring that it would be done before the second anniversary of his administration.

Earlier in his remark, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Disability Matters, Barrister Ayodele Adekanmbi, appreciated the gesture by the government on behalf all the other persons living with disabilities in the State.

Adekambi noted that the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration is challenged to rally every interest group among persons living disabilities in the State to work cohesively and assiduously.

Beneficiaries of the palliatives appreciated the Makinde-led government for its kind gesture and for identifying with persons living with disabilities.

The ceremony had in attendance top government officials and heads of homes for the disabled, among others.

Governor Seyi Makinde had, at the onset, promised palliatives to 30 thousand vulnerable households in Oyo State.

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