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By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State government yesterday fulfilled the promise of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu by presenting employment letters to thirty-five persons living with disabilities.
The beneficiaries range from the visually impaired, physically impaired with spouses, hearing and speaking impaired, Albino and the care givers.
SUNSHINETRUTH had on August 7, 2020 reported that the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Ondo State Chapter called on Governor Akeredolu to order the release of appointment letters into the civil service promised its members by the governor.
They reminded the governor that he at a media appearance marking the Administration’s 3rd anniversary in February this year promised to absorb 30 persons with disabilities into the state civil service.
The group’s general Secretary , Comrade Abiodun Olusegun however noted in a statement made available to SUNSHINETRUTH that this was yet to be implemented as all efforts to get the appointment letters for the beneficiaries were met with brickwall.
The Secretary appealed to the governor to personally wade into the situation with a view to bringing succour to beneficiaries who had waited endlessly for the fulfillment of the governor’s pledge.
Comrade Olusegun also appreciated the administration’s concerns for the group which included appointment of one of them as Special Assistant, constitution of the board of agency for the welfare of persons with disabilities with another member as chairman and regular payments of annual subventions to the group.
Recall that the Governor had last year, inaugurated the Board for the Welfare of Persons living with Disabilities after Eight years of its establishment. The Governor also appointed a special Assistant on Special Persons among other gestures in lifting the welfare of the persons living with disabilities in the State.
However yesterday while presenting letters to the employees who were employed to be Higher trade, Assistant Education, and Tourism officers, Governor Akeredolu attributed the recruitment to recognition the administration had for the people with disabilities
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Temitayo Oluwatuyi, Governor Akeredolu said additional one thousand, four hundred and thirty two residents would soon be employed to make it 4,042 recruitment since the inception of the current administration.
Akeredolu said his administration was poised to do more as the Office of Head of Service has commenced processes of recruiting more hands into the entire public service.
“As a matter of fact, 2610 workers have been recruited across different sectors of the state since my assumption of office in 2017.
“I have also approved the recruitment of 1000 teachers in SUBEB to reduce the acute shortage of teachers in our primary schools.
“It will also interest you to know that I have also given approval for the recruitment of 432 health workers to fill the personnel gaps in primary health care facilities across the state.
“By the time these recruitment exercises are over, the total number of workers so far recruited by this administration since our assumption of office would have been 4042,” Akeredolu said.
Earlier the Head of Service, Mr Oluwadare Aragbaye appreciated the governor for increasing his earlier approval of engaging thirty persons to thirty-five despite the dwindling resources of the state.
In his remarks the Grand Patron of Persons Living with Disabilities in the State, Dr Tunji Abayomi thanked Arakunrin Akeredolu for his unrelenting desire at alleviating the burden of citizens of the state particularly the underprivileged.
Appreciating the state government, Mr Sanmi Elegbeleye, Mrs Busayo Ademeso and Mr Kazeem Aminu described Governor Akeredolu as a Messiah sent to liberate the disabled across the state.