By Monsuru Olowoopejo
To check street begging by the physically challenged persons, Lagos State Government has announced the enrolment of no fewer than 1,612 physically challenged persons into schools in the state.
This came as wife of the state governor, Bolanle Ambode, warned parents of physically challenged persons to desist from isolating them at home.
The deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, who disclosed the enrolment of physically challenged persons at the celebration of 11th International Day for persons living with disability, in Ikeja, yesterday, said the aim of the enrolment was also to increase number of persons living with disability that could be employed in the state.
.”This government will not leave this huge population of Lagosians at the mercy of alms givers but determined to integrate and assist them to be self-reliant, contribute their quota to the socio-economic and political development of the state,” she assured.
Earlier, Mrs Ambode said “There is no point hiding because of physical challenges. All parents who have challenged children should not see them as bad omen; they are created specially by God Almighty to achieve specific purposes. They are not destined to be beggars, they are capable of living independently if assisted to acquire requisite skills”.
Ambode implored all parents of challenged children to register them in the special schools so that government could help them realize their full potential