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Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has once again provided support to physically challenged individuals in the state by giving them means of mobility to enhance their status within the State.

The Governor distributed brand new wheelchairs during a ceremony commemorating this year’s International Day of the Wheelchair in Ado Ekiti, the state capital which was well attended by persons living with disabilities.

Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, the First Lady of the State, who presented the wheelchairs to twenty beneficiaries, encouraged the people of the state to continuously offer assistance and support to the physically challenged, particularly those who depend on wheelchairs.

The beneficiaries who expressed their immense joy at the gifts of the new wheelchairs expressed their gratitude and prayed for the success of the Governor in taking the State to greater heights.

In her speech conveyed by the Senior Special Assistant on Advocacy, Dr. Eunice Fasanmi, the First Lady reiterated the commitment of the Oyebanji Administration to enhancing the well-being of physically challenged individuals in Ekiti State.

This she said is being done through various initiatives and policies, reiterating government’s commitment to ensuring that that citizens living with disabilities have the resources and support they need to thrive.

She said: “On this International Day of Wheelchair, we gather to recognize the invaluable role that wheelchairs play in enhancing the lives of individuals with mobility challenges. Whether due to polio, accidents, strokes, or cerebral palsy, wheelchairs provide vital assistance and empower individuals to navigate the world with dignity and independence.

“As we commemorate this day, let us reaffirm our commitment to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity for all. Let us work tirelessly to break down physical and societal barriers that hinder the full participation of persons with disabilities in our dear state.

“Moreover, let us extend our support and solidarity to those who rely on wheelchairs, acknowledging their resilience and strength in overcoming obstacles. Together, let us advocate for equal rights, opportunities, and access to essential services for persons with disabilities.

“In celebrating the International Day of Wheelchair, let us not only acknowledge the importance of mobility aids but also reaffirm our collective commitment to building a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.”

Mr. Bakinde Olaosebikan, the Chairman of the National Association of People Living With Physical Disabilities said the International Wheelchair Day was created to raise awareness and about the significance of wheelchairs and their positive impact on the lives of individuals with mobility challenges.

Olaosebikan used the occasion to table some demands before the government which include modification of all public spaces and facilities to comply with relevant accessibility standard code and universal design and the development of minimum accessibility standard code for the implementation of the law regarding access to the environment.

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