The State Commissioner for Information, Tourism, and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, gave this assurance in his office at the State secretariat in Ado-Ekiti, while playing host to representatives of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a non-profit human rights organization of, and for persons with disabilities.
Aare Olumilua, while addressing them, appreciated the group’s acknowledgement of Governor Fayemi’s efforts at restoring the values of the State, also, the reinstatement of all ‘People Living With Disabilities’ (PLWDs) who were affected during the last recruitment, said they should expect more of such gestures from the Government.
The Commissioner, while promising the group of Government’s total commitment to rights of special people, said; “As humans, we are all equal. Those of us without one disability or the other should see this as a privilege; hence, we must treat those with disabilities with utmost respect and decorum”
He continued that, one of the five focal areas of the Governor Fayemi-led administration; Social Investments, is designed to protect and cater for people with special needs and the most vulnerable in the society. He added that delivery of qualitative healthcare to them is of utmost priority.
While stressing that this administration’s commitment is beyond mere rhetoric, Olumilua revealed that the Governor had during his first tenure, sent a bill to the House of Assembly; Ekiti State Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, 2013 but that would be revisited in order to provide a legal framework for the protection of PLWDs’ rights.
The Commissioner also assured representatives of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) that all their requests have been noted, and would be taken to the appropriate quarters for necessary actions.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Mr. Funso Olajide showered encomiums on the Governor Kayode Fayemi for being a listening and responsive leader, as well as the honourable Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua who was on ground to pacify protesting members of the group, while calling Government’s attention to the plight of people with disabilities that were affected by the 2018 irregular appointments.