The Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) has congratulated the State chapter of the Nigeria Association for the Blind (NAB) for putting the resources of the Lagos State government given to them to good use.
The congratulatory message is in-line with the recent setting up of an inclusive centre by the association.
In a press statement signed by the General Manager of LASODA, Mr. Dare Dairo, it was disclosed that the items given to NAB by the Lagos State Government were used for the inclusive press centre.
The statement reads in part that “following the 2022 celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, where Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu made true his commitment to ensure that persons with disabilities are effectively mainstreamed in all its investments towards infrastructural and human development of the State, the Governor, through LASODA presented the State NAB with some materials, including a brand new braille machine worth over 4M naira, a brand new hybrid computer and two laptops – all fitted with licensed JAWS software, 100 guide canes and a cheque of 1.5M Naira.”
Mr. Dare Dairo thereafter enjoined the leadership of NAB to embrace the ideals of social enterprise towards optimising the innate abilities in their members to lead a dignified and productive life as a departure from begging and total dependence on government and society.
He assures the association of the unwavering commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu to support the ideals of social inclusion for all people with disabilities in the state, adding that “that is why LASODA was created in the first place.”
To set up the Inclusive Press Centre, NAB fundraised to secure funds that they could use to set up the office.
The NAB Chairman, Barr Lukman Salami said “the Lagos State government gave us this Braille Embosser and Inclusive computers but we couldn’t use them because we needed more money to set them up.”
He appreciated the Lagos State Government and the individuals that have supported the inclusive press centre, stressing that it would help to enhance access to learning materials for Blind persons in Lagos State.