The Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs (LASODA) will hold a workshop next January to propose ways of dealing with employment issues among persons with disability (PWDs), LASODA’s General Manager Dr. Babatunde Awelenje has said. He addressed reporters at the Alausa secretariat in Lagos.
His words: “We are partnering with some NGO’S affiliated with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to ensure that qualified people living with disability can gain easy employment.
“The workshop will be focused on seeking ways to work with businesses to remove barriers to employing people living with disabilities. This office has been collaborating with the civil service commission to ensure that more people living with disabilities are easily employed into the civil service.
“We will continue to intensify our advocacy that corporate organisations abide by the provision of the Lagos State Special People’s Law (LSSPL) of June 2011 which stipulates that one per cent of the total workforce be people living with disabilities.
“The level of compliance is low for now. Mind you, LASODA commenced operations in 2013 and I believe we will achieve more with time. By the time we launch our disability fund next year, problems of sourcing for fund will be a thing of the past. As we speak, one in every six persons in this office has one form of disability or the other. If you go to any Lagos State institution, you will find people living with disabilities gainfully employed there. We are looking towards extending this to the private sector.”
Source: The Nation Nigeria