JONAPWD begs Osun government for assistance
By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Ilesa chapter, Osun State has enumerated some of the challenges confronting its members and urged the local and state governments to come to their aids.
In their separate remarks when JONAPWD commemorated this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities at CSDP Hall in Muroko area of Ilesa, the leaders of the association called on the caretaker chairmen of the four local councils in the ancient town to assist them with walking sticks, wheelchairs, association bus among others.
The leaders including Ilesa West JONAPWD Chairman, the Secretary, Mrs Grace Bose Kolawole, Chairperson of Ilesa East JONAPWD, Mrs Olatoye Elizabeth and former PRO of the association in the state, Mrs Funmilayo Abdullahi urged the council leaders to channel their requests to the state governor, Ademola Adeleke and also join in making life better for them.
“We want our governments (Our Caretaker chairmen in Ilesa township and our amiable Governor Ademola Adeleke) to rehabilitate our meeting venue at Dental Health Center Muroko Road, Ilesa. Our members need empowerment and palliatives; we need employment opportunities, scholarships, mobility aids such as wheelchairs, crutches, walking sticks, reading aid, medical materials.
“We also beg our governments to assist us with an association bus to aid our movement. Our Special School needs renovation. We passionately appeal to governments to work on these problems facing people with disabilities. Our other problems are social exclusion, discrimination, irrelevancy in the community and stigmatization,” they said.
The PWDs had an awareness parade to mark the annual event with the theme: “United In Action to Rescue and Achieve the SDGs for, with and by Persons with Disabilities”, from Roundabout to the venue.