By Adedeji Fatimah
A lawmaker in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Bimbo Oladeji has called for the improvement on quality of lives of persons living with disability through provision of gainful employment and job opportunities in the state.
The legislator who represents Ogbomoso North Constituency in the Assembly made the call in a motion she presented during the House plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmaker said one of the major challenges confronting people living with disability which usually hinders them was the lack of job opportunities and this often make life more difficult for them.
She observed that the world Health organisation in 2011 World Disability Report reported that about fifteen percent of Nigeria’s population or at least twenty five million people have disability and many of them face human right abuses including stigmatization and discrimination in job interviews and recruitment.
Hon. Oladeji urged members not to use derogatory address such as the disabled on person living with disability because their disability is not inability.
Contributing to the motion Hon. Seyi Adisa representing Afijio state constituency appreciated mover of the motion, just as he commended governor Seyi Makinde for the act of inclusion of persons living with disability in job opportunity in the state.
He said “people living with disability should not be limited as disabled, hence the importance of this motion.
“There is the need to orientate our people to consider the people with disability and urge the house to give it a good surport.”
The motion had full support of Honorable members during deliberation.
In another development , the Oyo State House of Assembly has directed the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the Office of the Surveyor-General to fast-track the process of paying compensation to the families, groups and organisations whose lands were forcefully revoked by the past administration.
the decision was reached yesterday at the plenary following the consideration of a report of the joint committee on Lands, Housing and Survey, and Human Rights and Democratic Governance that investigated the alleged unlawful acquisition of lands belonging to individuals and families.
The Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, said that most lands acquired by the past administration for future developmental purposes were still lying fallow after years of acquisition.
He, however, directed the joint committee to investigate other land transactions that were allegedly acquired for official use by the immediate past administration in the state between June 2015 and May 2019 and other related matters therewith