I have no regret appointing PLWDs, says Kwara gov

Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman of Kwara state has emerged as the new Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum. This is contained in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary,Rafiu Ajakaye Wednesday morning to journalists in Ilorin. According to the statement,the exalted office was bestowed on him by his colleagues. Related News ‘I owe you my freedom, sanity,’ Seun Kuti thanks family, friends, lawyers after freedom Insecurity: Buhari urges security agencies to remain resolute Our greatest asset as a country is the people – NIMN The governor among others pledged to uphold the ideals and vision of the NGF as a most credible, authoritative, influential and effective inter-party platform for consensus building and peaceful resolution and advancement of pan-Nigeria goals, interests and aspirations The statement reads,”I want to thank Allah, exalted is He, for the historic event in which my brother Governors bestowed upon me the Chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). It added that,”The significance and the huge responsibilities of this office are not lost on me. “I hereby pledge to uphold the ideals and vision of the NGF whilst recognising and appreciating the eminent track record of the institution as a most credible, authoritative, influential and effective inter-party platform for consensus building and peaceful resolution and advancement of pan-Nigeria goals, interests and aspirations. “l will ensure regular consultation with all members in order to arrive at consensus on all issues for the advancement and promotion of national interest, peace, progress, and stability of the nation.” “As a body, we will also continue our tradition of maintaining a close and cordial relationship with His Excellency the President, the National Assembly, all Federal and State institutions, the business community, the civil society, media, and development partners. Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman of Kwara state
Governor AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman of Kwara state

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Tuesday why he appointed persons living with disabilities into positions of authority in his administration.

He said he deliberately made such appointments to allow persons living with disabilities to lend their voice to issues of governance.

He said he has no regret taking the decision. The governor spoke during the celebration of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Ilorin, the state capital.

The governor in June appointed two PWDs as Permanent Secretaries.

Represented by the Senior Adviser and Counselor, Alhaji Saadu Salahu, the governor recalled how he held the budget meeting with the management of ministries, departments and agencies at the School For Special Needs, Ilorin at the inception of his administration.

He said that singular action has enabled his administration to fix many of the facilities in the school to cater for the conducive learning of, “our wonderful special students.”

“Let me remind you that at the beginning of this administration, I noticed that society often dissociates with special needs people. I purposely took the budget meeting with the management of all MDAs to the School for Special Needs to make everyone realise the challenges you are facing.

“We desire to recognise your contributions to national development and to give hope to all of us that there is no limit to the height we can attain in the society irrespective of our peculiarities,” the governor said.

AbdulRazaq who assured persons living with disabilities of the willingness of his administration to always accommodate their needs within the available resources, described the theme of the event, “United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for persons with disabilities” as very apt.

“You will recall that one of you was appointed into this government to represent you in our administration. We have also appointed persons with special needs to senior roles in the civil service. This speaks to the fact that this administration is inclusive; it’s to allow you to lend your voice to issues of governance. I have no regret over this important decision.

“I want to use this occasion to reiterate that our administration is always operating an open-door policy to incorporate people of different categories without discrimination. You are highly esteemed by the government and I will be willing to accommodate your needs within the resources available to us’” the governor said.

In her remarks, the director of the Human Rights Commission, Barrister Olaoye Jumoke, emphasised that human dignity, whether disabled or abled should be respected and individual rights should be protected.

She reiterated the readiness of the commission to always come to the aid of the people living with disabilities whenever their right is infringed upon.

Earlier, the state chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities, Comrade Yusuf Bashir, thanked President Bola Tinubu and Governor AbdulRazaq for their support for the PLWD.

He specifically thanked President Tinubu for appointing one of them as a Special Adviser and Governor AbdulRazaq for seeing to their wellbeing as well as appointing some of them into public offices and the state civil service.


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