Children living with disabilities in Lagos and its environs as well as their parents and guardians may now heave a sigh of relief as Lagos State Government and Captains of Industry, including Aliko Dangote, owner of Dangote Group, have agreed to build two Early Intervention Centres for children living with disabilities in the state.
The industrialists made the pledge on Sunday at an informal gathering with Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, who extended the campaign by his administration for early intervention and management of disabilities in children to the Captains of industry in the country.
The Governor, on Sunday, hosted the industrialists at the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja Lagos, where he encouraged his audience to support the drive by the state to provide more facilities that would make early diagnosis and necessary intervention possible for children living with disability.
Barely three weeks ago, Lagos State through the Office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Development, had organized a ‘Stakeholder Summit’ themed: Ability in Disability: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine. The state had used the occasion to sensitize all stakeholders: parents, guardians, agencies and others about the need to join forces for early detection of disability in children and possible specific management strategies required to promote independence in the affected children. As a follow-up to the Summit, the Governor organized the weekend parley and simaultaneously marked the World Disability Day.
The theme for this year’s IDPD is Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.