NDDRI to Dapo Abiodun: Your Inaugural Speech was Incomplete, for excluding the Elderly and the Disabled
An NGO under the aegis of the New Dawn for Disability Rights Initiative (NDDRI) has berated the new Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun for omitting the senior citizens and the disabled in his yesterday, May 29, 2019 inaugural speech.
In a release made available to Umpire Times, which was credited to its Project Director, Mr Gbenga Gbesan who expressed dissatisfaction with the new Governor, saying it was a grievous omission. While expressing regret over the nonchalance of the former governors to the yearnings of the vulnerable in the state.
“It is important that we raise this concern at the dawn of the administration to avoid the pitfalls of the past whereby former governments paid little attention to these vulnerable and weak members of the Ogun State society or treated their issues with tokenistic gestures at best” the statement said.
“The Governor will recall a position paper presented to him before the inauguration where it had suggested the imperative need for Ogun State to establish a Board for the Elderly and Disability Matters.”
“This, it stressed, would help institutionalise the care and welfare of the two categories of people, ensuring efficient and effective articulation, coordination and implementation of policies, programmes and projects concerning these voiceless members of our society, and, no less placing the state in a position to harness national and international support.”
The statement however, commended the new Governor for his pledge to work towards an inclusive society. While assuring him of unflinching support for his administration, it appealed to the Governor to protect and promote the welfare of the aged and people with disability in the State.
“NDDRI therefore appeal to Governor Dapo Abiodun to champion the goal of delivering effective care and welfare to the aged and people with disability in Ogun State as the organisation assures him of our support and cooperation in this direction.”
It would be recalled that shortly before the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari had also assented to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill with a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities expected to be established to see to the effective implementation of the law.