Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola says the society has not done much to prevent discriminations against People Living With Disabilities.
The governor stated this at the inauguration of the Disability Governing Board at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
He said it was in a bid to correct the imbalance and accommodate people with special needs that the government enacted the People With Disabilities Law in 2011.
He said, “The constitution prohibits discriminations against people with special needs, but that is as far as it goes.
“It does not state what the government should do to provide equal opportunities for people who are willing, if given the opportunities, but are physically challenged.
“And we all know how the society has responded to People Living With Disabilities. The society has always thought it is enough to give them alms.
“But knowledge has shown that what they need is a level playing ground to give them the opportunities to be able to carry on with their lives.
“What the state government tries to achieve with the disability law, office and the board is to accommodate them and ensure that their interests are well protected.”
The governor urged the members of the board to rise to the task of providing solutions to the challenges of People Living With Disabilties
He said the government deliberately put more people with special needs in the board because “they know where the shoe pinches” and should be able to carry out the assignment better.
Fashola said the government had ensured that roads and public places built in the past few years had facilities, such as walkways and ramps, for easy use of People Living With Disabilities.
He urged the board to carry out its assignment diligently and in a way that it would have great impacts on the lives of People Living With Desabilities.
He also urged town planners, architects and heads of government agencies to ensure that all government properties and public buildings have dedicate session that people with disabilities can easily access.