Good governance must reflect in the lives of the people that make up the society.
A people oriented government must always ensure it cater for the disadvantage people, mostly the vulnerable children, women and disables.
Lagos state government through it agency, the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) has put in place an organised engagement and training section for its workers in sign language.
Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) disclosed that vulnerable people living with disabilities deserve justice and equity, as well as same rights and privileges as those without any form of disability whatsoever in the society.
At the launching of the training programme, the Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, disclosed at the opening session of a three-day ‘Sign Language Workshop’ for government officials.
That the engagement, empowerment and training programme of Sign Language was a way of bridging communication gap between hearing-impaired individuals and civil servants, who provided services to members of the public.
That the engagement and training workshop phase one would focus on public servants, who related with the people of Lagos i.e. Lagosians with hearing impairment, and would later be extended to other workers in the state.
Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussu was represented by the Director of Administration and Human Resources in the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Lanre Rufai, further asserted as follows, “The government wants to ensure that in every ministry, department or agency of the state government, there must be people who can communicate with persons with hearing impairment that need government services.”
Also speaking at the section Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, who was represented by the Director of Social Welfare, Mrs. Laide Latinwo, stated that the skill of sign language would improve communication flow and understanding.
The General Manager of LASODA, Dr Babatunde Awelenje, said if more residents of the state were able to communicate through sign language, Lagos would be better for it.
The Chairman, Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) Governing Board, Dr Waheed Oki, called on the participants to become representatives of LASODA by removing the barrier between government workers and persons living with disabilities across the country.
It was further disclosed that Lagos State as a mega city is making concerted efforts to ensure that special facilities are put in place to aid and support disability people in the state.