Oyebanji Gifts 20 Physically Challenged Persons Brand New Wheelchairs

Ekiti State governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has once again given succour to the physically challenged persons in the state by giving them means of mobility and to improve their status among fellow citizens.

The governor gave them brand new wheelchairs at a ceremony to mark this year’s International Day of the Wheelchair in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, which was well attended by persons living with disabilities.

Wife of the governor, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, who presented the wheelchairs to 20 beneficiaries urged the people of the state to always extend help and support to the physically challenged, especially those who relied on wheelchairs.

The beneficiaries who expressed their immense joy at the gift of the new wheelchairs expressed their gratitude and prayed for the success of the governor in taking the state to greater heights.

In an address delivered on her behalf by the Senior Special Assistant on Advocacy, Dr. Eunice Fasanmi, the First Lady said the Oyebanji administration was doing everything possible to make life easier for physically challenged individuals in the state.

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

The Chairman of the National Association of People Living With Physical Disabilities, Bakinde Olaosebikan, 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.

He used the occasion to table some demands before the government which included 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.