7 April 2021 By Bilkisu Kambai
The National Commission for Persons with Disability has commended Governor Simon Bako Lalong for his passion for people living with disability in Plateau State and the nation at large.
The Executive Secretary, Mr James Lalu gave the commendation during a visit to the Governor in Jos.
Mr Lalu said the Commission was highly appreciative of the role played by the Governor towards establishment of the Agency, having worked for its establishment in Plateau State while he was Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly.
Lalu said the Governor has also matched words with action in recruiting people living with disability to manage the Commission in the State unlike the situation in many States where they were marginalised.
The Executive Secretary said Governor Lalong also appointed persons living with disability into his cabinet and ensured that they were carried along in all empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes.
Responding, Governor Lalong expressed gratitude to the Commission for recognising his modest contributions towards addressing the challenges of people living with disability.
He said his passion for people living with disabilities is deep as he believed that anyone can be in the situation they are .
Lalong said, he would always give them priority knowing that no one became disabled by choice.
He emphasized that, those of us who are physically able should not discriminate against them or consider them less human beings. A lot of them have special gifts more than those of us who consider ourselves able he said.
Governor Lalong therefore called on other State Governments who have not established the Commission to do so without further delay to be able to address the plight of this category of people.
He assured the Executive Secretary of the National Disability Commission of his support to ensure he succeeds in his assignment.
Highlight of the visit was presentation of a cake to the Governor to mark his 58th birthday.