On Tuesday 15th November 2016, marked the 56th birthday of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and he chose to celebrate it with the physically Challenged.
The governor, who spoke at a ceremony to mark his 56th birthday at the Government House ground in Ado Ekiti, said he deliberately chose to mark the day with the disabled from across the 16 local governments because of his passion for the downtrodden.
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 to access government facilities. He also gave persons with one disability or the other in the state, especially the literate ones the privilege to enjoy priority attention by government henceforth.
They are also automatically invited to public functions and that would be implemented through their various associations.
56th Birthday Celebration
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, Omotola Ezekiel, the Chairman of the National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Ekiti chapter, had expressed gratitude to the governor “for lifting the gates of the Government House for members of the Association.”
He disclosed that though a total of 10 disabled persons had so far been employed by the Fayose administration, more should be employed.
He said “we have more than 500 members with NCE certificate and over 1,000 below NCE
yearning for gainful employment in the state.”