Global White Cane and Safety Day: Lagos govt programmes now not precious to people living with disabilities, blind neighborhood says


The Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB), Lagos chapter, has accused the Lagos Dispute Set aside of enterprise for Disability Affairs (LASODA) of utilizing scarce relate resources to location up programmes that are now not precious to persons living with disabilities.

The neighborhood disclosed this in an announcement signed by its media officer, Gbenga Ogundare, on Friday, in commemoration of the 2021 Global White Cane and Safety Day held in Alimosho local government.

The NAB chairman, Lukman Salami, acknowledged LASODA can now not effectively activate and put in force the Lagos Dispute Particular Peoples Laws (LSSPL) to the income of persons living with disabilities within the relate.

October 15 is location aside globally to commemorate the importance of the white cane as a needed tool for excellent and salubrious navigation for visually-impaired persons.

The theme of this twelve months is “accessibility for all, safety, productivity and resilience.”

“Programmes applied by LASODA to this point are a sheer mockery of Governor (Babajide) Sanwo-Olu’s accurate plan for the emancipation of persons with disabilities and the gracious spirit of the Lagos Dispute Particular Peoples Laws,” Mr Salami acknowledged.

“Utterly different than sheer tokenism and lack of technical skill about how to proffer alternate strategies to the many challenges PWDs deal with on the 2nd, one would shock what usefulness a 3-day tag language training will attend a beginner, as an instance.

“One is left to deem what inclusive advantages are there to rep in an interactive quiz among pupils with disabilities, or per chance a disability expo among disabled persons Etc. It’s ethical sheer monetary recklessness.”

Infrastructural and academic inclusion

Mr Salami additionally expressed issues over the non-availability of public major colleges for the blind within the relate.

He acknowledged the easiest college that caters to the educational desires of visually-impaired formative years in Lagos are privately owned and has change into grossly insufficient to the rising chance of blind formative years within the relate.

Mr Ogundare acknowledged persons with disabilities are quiet discovering it complicated to glean accurate of entry to avenue infrastructures and tutorial institutions.

“For occasion, Lagos Dispute has accessible pedestrian bridges indeed, but these products and services are inhabited by miscreants, destitute and hawkers who model the bridges an unsafe space for PWDs and other customers,” Mr Ogundare acknowledged.

“All once more, the set there are outlined walkways, more regularly than now not, among the slabs are already gorged with slits or outrightly removed, thereby making the walkway a demise entice for the blind.

“And the set this is now not the case, hawkers and artisans who expose their wares on these paths would quiet model it most unlikely for the blind to navigate safely. All of these combined smacks of structural violence against the visually impaired.”

Contacted on Friday, LASODA’s media officer, Ademiluyi Adebowale, told this reporter to succeed within the agency’s managing director, Dare Dairo.

Mr Dairo was once reached on Friday evening and he acknowledged he was once in a gathering earlier than striking up. All once more on Saturday, he was once telephoned twice and did not reply to or return the calls.

An SMS was once later despatched to him but he was once but to reply as of the time of submitting the document.

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