Ekiti state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Tuesday celebrated his 56th birthday with over 10,000 people living with disabilities from all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state. The governor clocked 56 yesterday.
Promising that all persons living disability in the state, especially the literate ones, are henceforth going to enjoy priority attention of government.
The governor who spoke at a ceremony marking his 56th birthday at the Government House ground in Ado Ekiti said he deliberately choose to mark the day with the disabled persons from across the 16 local governments because of his passion for the downtrodden and the disadvantaged in the society.
He said he felt fulfilled celebrating the day with them, believing that such a development would instill hope in the hopeless.
According to him, every member of the society must be given equal opportunity and be made accessible to governments facilities.
He announced that disabled persons are henceforth to be included on the protocol list of government while invitations to public functions are to be extended to them through their various associations.
Fayose said the special gestures would include adequate funding of schools for the handicapped, provision of pensionable employment, offer of political appointment as well as inclusion of reasonable number on the list of those to be paid monthly stipend under the social security programme of the state.
Earlier in an address, the state chapter chairman of National association of Persons with Disabilities, Mr Omotola Ezekiel expressed gratitude to the governor for lifting the gates of the Government House for his members to have unfetted access.
Fayose said that though a total of 10 disabled persons had so far been employed by the Fayose administration, more still needed to be done as no fewer than 500 members with NCE certificate and over 1,000 below NCE are still yearning for gainful employment in the state.